05 January 2018
Asian Tour Releases First Part of 2018 Schedule
The Asian Tour has released the first part of its 2018 season schedule in what promises to be the most robust year of playing opportunities for its members since 2008.
The 2018 schedule will feature at least six new tournaments with two events added in Korea, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, the Philippine Golf Championship and a minimum of two tournaments planned in China.
In the first five months of 2018, the Asian Tour will be staging 12 events across 11 countries. This is two more than the 10 events held in 2017, over the same period.
The 2018 Asian Tour season tees off in Thailand, where the annual Qualifying School will be held. At the end of the event, the top-35 finishers and ties will earn Asian Tour cards.
At the same time, 12 of Asia’s leading players will represent Team Asia against Team Europe in Malaysia at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM. This biennial event is a team match-play tournament which will be hosted at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from January 12 to 14.
Rounding off this first part of the season, the Asian Tour travels to Korea in the first week of May for the prestigious GS Caltex Maekyung Open. The tournament has a storied 37-year history and offers a purse of approximately US$ 920,000.