Asian Tour plans its own season-ending race, tournaments

Asian Tour plans its own season-ending race, tournaments

The Asian Tour is going to follow the lead of the PGA, European and LPGA tours, looking to create a season-ending, big-money finale starting next year.

"It's always been our aspiration that we have a season-ending finale," said Asian Tour chief executive Mike Kerr, according to the South China Morning Post. "This is something which is well understood and recognized globally in golf and we are working hard to get that in place. I would hope to see something by the end of the 2015 season."

The hope is the equivalent of an Asian Tour championship will plant the seeds for a more elaborate series to close the Asian Tour season in 2016 and beyond.

"We are not going to be able in one year to establish that format but we will be on the way and at least have the first building blocks of the final series and more importantly a season-ending championship in place," Kerr said.

The Asian Tour expects to have close to 30 events on its 2015 schedule with a total purse of some $45 million. Kerr hopes his tour will offer $100 million in total prize money by 2023.