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Golf: Asian Tour announces first China event since 2008

Shanghai, Oct 30 (AFP) Golf's Asian Tour will sanction its first tournament in China for nine years in Xiamen next month, officials said today.

The Asian Golf Championship will be the inaugural event under the Tour's strategic partnership signed with the China Golf Association in March.

The agreement is significant because the Asian Tour had been largely shut out of the giant potential market since China joined forces with the rival OneAsia tour in 2009.

The tournament at Xiamen's Kaikou Golf Club from November 30 to December 3 will have a purse of $350,000 and feature both Asian Tour and China Tour professionals.

"A new chapter for Asian golf is ready to be written," said Asian Tour CEO Josh Burack in a statement.

China has long been hailed as an important future market for golf and has produced players such as Zhang Lianwei, Liang Wenchong, Wu Ashun and Li Haotong, who have all won on the European Tour

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