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Golf: European Tour subsidises late switch, Asia not as generous

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:00 PM
 
Defending champion Brett Rumford of Australia hitting a shot during the Pro Am competition of the China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, on April 23, 2014. The European Tour has picked up any costs its members incurred after the late decision to move this week's tournament from South Korea to Singapore but Asian Tour golfers at the co-sanctioned event have not been offered similar reimbursements. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - The European Tour has picked up any costs its members incurred after the late decision to move this week's tournament from South Korea to Singapore but Asian Tour golfers at the co-sanctioned event have not been offered similar reimbursements.

Earlier this month, the two circuits announced that The Championship was being relocated owing to "staging issues" after its original sponsor withdrew, meaning flight bookings required changing and hotels switched to compete at Laguna National.

The European Tour sent a directive to its members on how to reclaim expenses for the extra costs incurred following the unforeseen change of circumstances.

The Asian Tour, however, was not able to match the offer to their 72 players in the 156-man field for this week's US$1.5 million (S$1.9 million) event, formally known as the Ballantine's Championship, where prize money is down from last year's US$2.8 million purse.

 
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