OneAsia Tour back in action in Nanshan
BY Bruce Young | OneAsia Tour | 2013 Nanshan China Masters | Preview | 08 Oct 2013
The OneAsia Tour gets its second half of the season underway when the Nanshan Masters is played in Longkou City in the province of Shandong in China this week.
The event is the first of five OneAsia Tour events between now and early December although in reality only one of those events has been established by the OneAsia Tour since its inception in 2009.
The Kolon Korean Open, a former Asian Tour event, is played next week followed by the Australian PGA Championship in early November, the Australian Open in late November and the OneAsia Championship in early December. Amongst those only the OneAsia Championship can be credited to the One Asia Tour.
This week’s event is played at a new layout as the original course used for this event is being used in two week’s time for the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, an event that has developed into one of the most significant in amateur golf worldwide.
There are numerous courses as part of the Nanshan golfing facility, the one used this week designed by Colin Montgomerie.
The tournament carries prize-money of US$1 million with a field which includes more than twenty Australasians, headed in terms of world ranking by recent Queensland Open and former OneAsia Tour winner, Nick Cullen.
Scott Strange, Andre Stolz and New Zealander Mark Brown are other Australasians who could be considered chances although it is perhaps disappointing that a Tour that was in part created to foster the development of Australasians clashes with the PGA Tour of Australasia event in Perth, the West Australian Open.
Internationals of note in the field include Charl Schwartzel, who makes a rushed trip from Ohio and the Presidents Cup, and the 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke.