Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Asian golfers invited to the masters

Asian Tour stars Liang Wen-chong, Jeev Milkha Singh and Prayad Marksaeng have expressed delight after receiving special invitations to compete in The Masters tournament in April.

The trio were over the moon Tuesday after learning they will compete in the year's first major and have vowed to perform admirably at Augusta National Golf Club to reinforce the rise of Asian golf.

Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han said their invitations were further recognition of the Tour's growing stature.

"We are delighted for our three players. It is another endorsement for the Asian Tour," said Kyi, adding that he was grateful for the "belief and vision for golf in Asia".

"I am confident that Liang Wen-chong, Prayad Marksaeng and Jeev Milkha Singh will fly the Asian Tour flag proudly at Augusta National in their quest to challenge the world's best golfers."

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne announced the names for the April 10-13 tournament on Monday.

"These three individuals are successful, accomplished and talented golfers deserving of a Masters invitation," Payne said. "They are outstanding representatives of their respective countries."

More Asian players can qualify for the Masters by winning a US PGA event or placing among the top 50 on the world golf rankings in the week before the tournament...

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My Thoughts

I have been saying it for a while now, but golf in Asia is gaining strength all the time. When Asians get a chance to play in the English Premier League the TV money follows and I think that golf will also reap the rewards. However, I don't think that this is purely a marketing ploy and I am sure that the Asia players will do themselves and their countries proud.

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