30 Apr 2010

South Korean golfers call off boycott threat

5:50 am on 30 April 2010

South Korean golfers have called off their threatened boycott of OneAsia tournaments after being assured of more entries for events on the fledgling tour.

The threat of a boycott was a huge embarrassment to the Tour -- established last year by the Australian, Chinese and Korean golf bodies -- ahead of the first event in South Korea this year, next week's Maekyung Open.

The players were unhappy that there would be fewer places for local golfers in the three former Korean Tour events that have been added to OneAsia's 11-tournament schedule, even though the prize money had been doubled to 1.3 million dollars.

An assurance that a minimum of 60 South Korean golfers would play at the three events and that no more Korea Tour events would be added to the OneAsia Tour ended the boycott.

The news is a massive boost to OneAsia, who have faced fierce resistance from the previously established Asian Tour in their bid to establish an elite platform for Asia-Pacific golfers.