Indonesian PGA Champ kicks off 2011 OneAsia Tour

 FORTY FOUR Aussie golfers are taking part in the first event of the 2011 OneAsia Tour in Indonesia this week, ranging from seasoned veterans like Wayne Grady and Peter Fowler to the younger brigade who are hoping to use it as a springboard to Europe and the USA.

OneAsia is being touted as the fastest growing golf circuit in the world, with the Indonesian PGA Championship this week kicking off what has become a quite lucrative 13 stop schedule.

Formed in 2009 with just five events, there will be at least 13 this year, each with minimum prize money of US$1 million.

Up for grabs at the Imperial Klub Golf near Jakarta this weekend is a not to be sneezed at winners’ cheque of US$180,000, and that has attracted a quite decent field.

The official top ranked player is China’s Liang Wenchong, who has won a record three events on OneAsia and topped the 2010 Order of Merit with US$560,736 in earnings.

Australia’s top ranked players are two-time European Tour winner Scott Strange and Alistair Presnell, and there are a host of other well known Aussies including Matthew Griffin, Andre Stolz, Michael Wright, Kim Felton, Adam Bland, Stephen Leaney, Scott Laycock, Peter O’Malley and Paul Sheehan.

The 2011 Indonesian PGA Championship is being broadcast in Australia on ONE HD but unfortunately it is night owl hours around the 1.30am to 5.30 am mark. Check you local guides.

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