Asian Tour set to renew after 18 months

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Oct 5 (Reuters) – The Asian Tour is about to return from an 18-month hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic after the golf circuit stated on Tuesday it’ll stage two tournaments in Thailand earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

The Tour, which stopped play in March 2020, will maintain the Blue Canyon Championship from Nov. 25-28 and the Laguna Phuket Championship from Dec. 2-5.

It stated it’s also planning two extra tournaments in Singapore in January, which can mark the tip of the 2020-21 schedule.

Results from these 4 occasions, in addition to 4 tournaments performed in early 2020, will make up the 2020-21 schedule and decide the Order of Merit winner.

“After a difficult 18 months the Asian Tour is thrilled to announce that it is able to restart in Q4 of 2021,” stated Cho Minn Thant, commissioner and chief govt officer of the Tour.

“The Asian Tour have been working around the clock to resume competition and crown the Merit list champion ‒ a challenge made more difficult by our reach across many countries and each of their COVID-related protocols.

“We are assured of with the ability to full our season regardless of a number of remaining challenges created by the pandemic.”

All players will have to be fully vaccinated to compete at the events, which will be played in tournament bubbles and adhere to local government standard operating procedures.

Australian Wade Ormsby leads the Order of Merit after winning the Hong Kong Open in January 2020.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford