picture – Matt Jones the last Australian to win a One Asia Tour event
Earlier this year the golfing world was surprised by the announcement, essentially in the week of the tournament, that the Solaire Philippine Open would become a One Asia Tour event and that it would be the first of several on a resurrected OneAsia Tour schedule.
Given the demise of OneAsia in recent years it was a surprise to many that the Tour had risen like a Phoenix from the Ashes after its original eleven event schedule in 2011 and 2012 had been reduced to just three by 2017.
Then, in February, came the announcement that the OneAsia Tour was back with the playing of the Philippine Open with a further four events to be scheduled for later in the year in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The Philippine Open was duly played and won by local Miguel Tabuena, a former winner of the event who no doubt felt a calling to play his own national open ahead of the Asian Tour and New Zealand Tour’s New Zealand Open which was played the same week.
The OneAsia Tour had earlier included events such as the Australian Open and PGA Championships on its schedule after the PGA of Australia was one of the original driving forces behind the establishment of the rival to the Asian Tour.
An announcement today by the Official World Ranking Board however would appear to be a blow to the standing of the tour, at least at this stage.
The statement read as follows:
“The Official World Golf Ranking Technical Committee and Board have monitored OneAsia over the past two years and reviewed the status of OneAsia as an OWGR Eligible Tour at their recent meetings during April 2018.
The Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure and protect the integrity of the World Ranking and, while it appreciates that OneAsia has received investment to aid a fresh start, it also recognised that there have been significant changes to the Tour’s structure, ownership and management.
It is also noted that OneAsia has not met the standards of an OWGR Eligible Tour for over three years.
In view of this, the Board has decided that OneAsia will no longer be an OWGR Eligible Tour with immediate effect.”