Asia on the up says tour chief

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr believes that things have turned around for golf on the continent.

It was a troubled few years for the tour, with events being cancelled, but Kerr believes things have definitely improved.

Kerr said: "It really highlights that Asia is where the growth is going to be

"If you look at the two more established markets, the US and certainly western Europe, they are fairly saturated. You're going to get organic growth in those markets but you're not going to get many new tournaments."

Kerr's comments come on the back of an announcement of two new co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour events, the Thailand Classic and the Hero Indian Open.

He added: "The co-sanctioned programme has been very successful for us. It allows Asian players to play against some of the best in the world.

"I see us working closer and in more tournaments and more markets around the world in the future."

Kerr concluded: "Am I happy with where the Asian Tour is at the moment? I think I am. Obviously we would love to have more tournaments, more purses, and more opportunities for the players but it takes time.

"What we want to do is develop a sustainable tour. We don't want a flash-in-the-pan event coming in and off the schedule which has in some ways happened in the past.

"Certainly over the past couple of years we've had a fairly rough time and things have been quite tight but I think we can see that we are starting to come out of that situation."