Asian Tour chief Mike Kerr resigns amid European Tour merger talks
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Report: Asian Tour chief Mike Kerr resigns amid European Tour merger talks

Asian Tour chief executive Mike Kerr has resigned from the position amid a loss in player confidence since he entered into merger talks with the European Tour in August.

The Straits Times reports Kerr has left the post sometime in the last two weeks after proving unable to assuage player fears that the proposed merger would hurt playing opportunities for Asian Tour players. In particular, the report says the powerful Thai players were not happy with a lack of transparency behind the discussions.

The 44-year-old Irishman took over as the Asian Tour chief executive in March 2012.

The players have yet to publicly announce support or opposition to the merge, but did have a meeting after European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley spoke with them at the Macau Open.

"I went over to Macau to spoke to the Asian Tour members for close to an hour," he said. "Shortly thereafter, there was a vote that was a positive vote for them to continue to give their board authorization to continue with the negotiation."

The two tours have until the end of 2016 to come to terms on a merger.


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