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Monday, October 26, 2009 - 10:07am

Masters Partners with Asian Golfers

The Asian Amateur Championship, a new golfing competition supported in part by the Masters Tournament in Augusta, begins this week.

The Masters, along with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews in Scotland and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, announced the new tournament in February. It's an effort to help grow interest in the game internationally.

The Masters and the R & A are financially underwriting the game, and are providing support in the operation of it. The winner of the championship will play in the Masters' 2010 competition. The runner-up will earn a place in International Final Qualifying for the 139th Open Championship at St. Andrews.

The Asian championship begins Thursday at Mission Hill Golf Club in southern China, near Hong Kong.