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Asian Tour Warming to Merger

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Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han listens to questions during an interview with Reuters at a golf course in Singapore May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Chong

SINGAPORE | Everyone is treading carefully but Kyi Hla Han, CEO and interim commissioner of the Asian Tour, is quietly confident his players have reached the point where they will vote in favour of a partnership with the European Tour.

“If everything goes well,” said Han, “the arrangement should operate from the start of 2017. There are still a few topics to discuss but most of our players are now in favour of some sort of partnership or collaboration.”

Amid the tying up of loose ends, it remains important to Han and his players that they should hang fast to the Asian Tour’s identity.

For instance, though the Ladies’ Golf Union, in merging with the R&A, are going to lose their proud LGU initials as the combined organisation goes under the name of R&A, Han wants a title which appeals to both sides. “I certainly won’t want tournaments in Asia going under the European Tour banner,” he said.

Hence the feeling – though Han was not about to comment at this point – that the partnership would be more likely to be known as the “International Tour,” or something similar.

Nothing, perhaps, is higher on Han’s wish list than that his players’ career pathways should be enhanced by what happens.



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