Singapore: The Asian Tour’s tournament schedule for the first half of 2020 will initially feature 11 events in 10 different countries across Asia.
Several tournaments may still be added but the confirmed events will offer close to US$13 million in total prize money.
“Our number one goal is to put together a robust schedule for our players and we are pleased to announce several new and returning events to our schedule for the 2020 season,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “It is vital for us to continue to create playing opportunities for our players to give them the platform to excel and gain international recognition which will help to enhance the Asian Tour’s appeal to sponsors, partners and golf fans around the world.
“The full 2020 Asian Tour schedule will be announced at a later date but we expect the second half of the season to be even stronger. Traditionally, the months from August to December are backed by high-profile events with many of them expected to ensure another thrilling conclusion to the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit race.”
Rescheduled from last month following civil unrest, the Hong Kong Open will raise the curtain for the 2020 season when it tees-off on January 9 at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
The SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course will follow from January 16-19.
The New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sports is being contested again at the Millbrook Resort and The Hills in Queenstown from February 27-March 1. Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and in partnership with the Japan Tour, it will be the 101st staging of the New Zealand Open.
Malaysia will then play host to two events with the Malaysian Open making a welcome return to the Asian Tour schedule at the Kotai Permai Golf and Country Club after a four-year absence while Maybank will celebrate 15 years of excellence with golf as it continues its title sponsorship of the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur from April 16-19.
The Royal Cup will make its return at a new host venue in Kanchanaburi, Thailand from March 12-15 followed by the Hero Indian Open and Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open, Bangladesh from March 19-22 and 26-29 respectively.
The Asian Tour will then head to East Asia with a run of events in May and June.
The GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship, which will celebrate its 39th edition at the Namseoul Country Club, and the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup will be staged concurrently in Korea and Japan respectively from May 7-10.
The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup was founded in 1973 but has been co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) since 2014. It will be the Tour’s first stop in Japan in 2020.
The Kolon Korea Open, which saw Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond clinch his fourth Asian Tour title and played a pivotal role in his Asian Tour Order of Merit win this year, will then cap the first half schedule when it is played from June 25-28.
2020 Asian Tour Schedule (January-June)
January 9-12: Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong Golf Club
January 16-19: SMBC Singapore Open, Sentosa Golf Club , Serapong Course
February 20-23: Qualifying School Final Stage, Lakeview Resort and Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand
February 27-March 1: New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sports, Millbrook Resort and The Hills, Queenstown
March 5-8: Malaysian Open, Kota Permai Golf and Country Club
March 12-15: Royal Cup, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
March 19-22: Hero Indian Open, DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon, India
March 26-29: Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open, Kurmitola Golf Club, Bangladesh
April 16-19: Maybank Championship, Venue TBA
May 7-10: 39th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship, Namseoul Country Club; May 7-10: Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, Venue TBA
June 25-28: Kolon Korea Open, Woo Jeong Hills Country Club