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SBD Global/February 19, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr Remains Optimistic About Circuit's Future Despite Lawsuits

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr remains optimistic about the golf circuit’s future despite "law suits from members, an unrelenting turf war with OneAsia and the apparent loss of their marquee event," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Asian Tour Exec Chair Kyi Hla Han kicked off celebrations for the Asian Tour’s 10th season in Singapore last week by outlining its vision for the decade ahead with "some lofty ambitions." Kerr, who worked previously in Asia for sports channel ESPN-Star Sports, targeted Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei as major markets to "fuel the growth of the Tour," which last year hosted 26 events, not including world golf championship tournaments and majors. Kerr is "expecting 28 tournaments on the Asian Tour for 2013" with co-sanctioned U.S. PGA and European Tour events taking the prize money up to over $50M when the calendar is completed (REUTERS, 2/18).
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