The International Series in Oman opens the 2023 season
The Asian Tour will begin this year in Oman with the International Series at Al Mouj golf from February 9 to 12. The tournament will bring together 132 players from 23 countries across 6 continents, among them Graeme McDowell, Jazz Janewattananond, Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, Sergio Garcia, Sihwan Kim and Brooks Koepka.
Cho Minn Thant, CEO of Asian Tour, said: "The reintroduction of the international series, with stars like these, in new markets like the Middle East, provides unimaginable exposure to the game of golf in places where the potential for growth is enormous. .”
Now in its second year, The International Series will contribute a total of more than $20 million to the Asian Tour 2023 prize fund. Consisting of 10 events, up from seven in 2022, this investment guarantees high purses of at least $2 million. dollars per tournament. Alongside the many global players looking to capitalize on the rise in the stock market are Asian Tour stalwarts Sihwan Kim – winner of the 2022 Asian Tour Order Of Merit, and Scott Vincent – winner of the International Series Order Of Merit 2022.
The 30-year-old Zimbabwean, who has earned a coveted spot in the LIV Golf League under captain Niemann, said: "With the introduction of The International Series and the clear path to the heights of LIV Golf, The Asian Tour is a really exciting place. playing golf right now. “It's always exciting to visit new places and it's great that The International Series is breaking new ground in the Middle East this year. »
Representing the region, Othman Ibrahim Almulla, Saud Abdullah Al Sharif and Faisal Mohammed Salhab, from Saudi Arabia, as well as Shergo Al Kurdi from Jordan, will also showcase their talents in Oman. Rahul Singh, Head of International Series, spoke about the progress of the events, saying, “Besides the exciting lineup we have already confirmed, helping us kick off the 2023 season, our focus with the series has always been a continuous growth. “With the names competing and the commitment we've made to increasing the purses at every event, it shows we're already achieving this, in just our second season. »
About the International Series
The International Series features 10 events on the Asian Tour schedule, enhanced to provide more playing opportunities with high prize funds and a pathway to golf's biggest stages. Held throughout the year across Asia, Europe and the Middle East in a mix of established and emerging golf markets, each event guarantees a minimum purse of $2 million.
Established in 2022, the groundbreaking series also awards the top points scorer of the International Series Order of Merit with exemption to the following season's LIV Golf League. The 2023 International Series schedule includes: Oman (February 9-12), Qatar (February 16-19), Thailand (March 9-12) and Vietnam (April 13-16), with six more events to be announced.
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