Finchem hints at an Asian Swing that could add spice after FedExCup ends

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The HSBC Champions in shanghai soon could get a lot more company on the end-of-season schedule.
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Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 8:00 p.m.

The PGA Tour already has the West Coast Swing, the Florida Swing and now the Texas Swing. It might not be long before it has an Asian Swing after the FedExCup portion of the season is over.

In two years, the PGA Tour already has grown to two events there. It returns to Shanghai on Nov. 4-7 for a World Golf Championship, this time treating the HSBC Champions as an official victory if a tour member is holding the trophy. A week earlier is the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, which is co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and offers a $6 million purse.

And after that? Stay tuned.

"We're looking at possibilities in Japan, Korea, China," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. "I'm not saying we will, but we may very well do a short series over there in the fall in the next two or three years. If we're going to get serious about a presence in Asia, it would probably argue for a short series."

The Malaysia event was not a critical building block in such a series. It has a short field -- the top 25 players available from the FedExCup standings to fill a 40-man field at The Mines Resort and Golf Club -- and Finchem said the Asian Pacific Classic "predated what might developing into a serious strategy."

"If it continues, it will be part of it (an Asia series) in some fashion," he said.

Finchem, who took an 18-day working vacation through Asia last fall, said he will be returning this year. However, Finchem didn't make it sound like any series was around the corner. Asked if the tour was close to arranging an event in Japan, he flatly replied, "no."

"I don't see us announcing any details on that by the end of the year," he said.