Two more players suspended by Asian Tour

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  • Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010

SINGAPORE: Two more golfers have been suspended indefinitely by the Asian Tour for playing on the rival OneAsia Tour, they said on Mon­day.

Thai-based Scotsman Simon Yates and Australia’s Matthew Griffin, the third ranked amateur in the world before turning professional, were both suspended for non-payment of fines.

“I have been suspended indefinitely and cannot play the Asian Tour until I pay all the fines,” said Yates, who finished eighth in the Thailand Open on the OneAsia Tour on Sunday.

“We will just wait and see what happens with the court case. Matthew Griffin has also been suspended.”

They join Australian Terry Pilka­daris and Manila-based Dutchman Guido van der Valk who met the same fate.

The Asian Tour has taken a tough line with players competing on the fledgling OneAsia, which is hosting 11 tournaments this season, with fines of US$5,000 being dished out.

Anyone who does not pay has their membership suspended.

All four players, as well as Ma­lay­sian Anis Helmi Hassan, are engaged in a restraint of trade action against the Asian Tour in the Singapore High Court.

A judge recently refused a temporary order preventing the Asian Tour from fining them for playing in OneAsia events and the decision could now be appealed or the case go to trial.

Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han told AFP on Friday that he was simply following their rules and regulations.

“As this matter is before the Singapore High Court, we have no further comments,” he said.

OneAsia, whose vision is to offer an alternative playing platform to the US PGA and European Tours, was established last year by bringing together tours from China, South Korea and Australia.

It has grand visions but has so far failed to get the influential Japan Golf Tour on board and is at loggerheads with the Asian Tour, which has accused it of stealing its tournaments. — AFP

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