Kane Webber chips at the Lismore Golf Club. The Lismore golfer impressed by finishing just six shots behind the winner at the A
Kane Webber chips at the Lismore Golf Club. The Lismore golfer impressed by finishing just six shots behind the winner at the A

OneAsia beckons

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE nuts and bolts of the vaunted OneAsia Tour need to be worked out before Lismore golfer Kane Webber endorses it. Webber, who finished equal 18th in the Australian Open last weekend only six shots behind winner Craig Parry holds an Asian Tour card and would love the opportunity to play in Australia more often.

But details of the proposed tour need to be made more transparent.

"It's a tough situation," the US-based professional said in Lismore this week.

"We had a meeting the other week about the OneAsia Tour and so many things are up in the air, so it's tough to make a good solid opinion on it.

"Maybe in six months we can make a better informed decision.

"Once they (the organisers) say we have this many tournaments and this much money and which tours get which numbers on to the new tour, then I'll be able to give an opinion."

The Japanese and Australasian tours signed memorandums of understanding earlier this month to create the OneAsia Tour.

They are now talking to the Asian Tour and golf officials in China, South Korea, Thailand and India about signing up to the new circuit.

OneAsia, which officials hope to have operating by 2009, would be the world's third largest tour and a competitor to the lucrative USPGA and European circuits.

The proposal is to include at least 20 tournaments with a minimum of $US1 million (A$1.74m) prizemoney, with four or five events played in Australia.

Should the tour get up, Webber would love the opportunity to play more in Australia.

The Australian Open last week was his first tournament as a professional on his home soil.

"I had my family down there my mum, my aunty and my wife (Dawn) was caddying," Webber said.

"If I could (play in Australia more), I would. I only got my position in the Australian Open because of my money list ranking from the Asian Tour.

"I'd love to be able to play in all of them (the Australian majors), but it comes down to scheduling as well."

While the Asian Tour remains Webber's focus next year, the 27-year-old is desperate to have another crack at gaining his USPGA Tour card.

Only last month he just missed out on qualifying for the third and final round of the Tour School.

Webber returns to the US on Boxing Day for a few weeks' break before the Asian Tour resumes in February.



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