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The European Tour is set to reimburse its members that have been affected after a late venue change for this week's event in Asia.

The original sponsor withdrew meaning the tournament that was scheduled for Incheon in South Korea is now being played almost three thousand miles away at Laguna National in Singapore.

This meant that competitors had to change their flight and hotel bookings of told of the change in early April.

European Tour's chief operating officer and director of international policy Keith Waters admitted: "The promoter, PMG, could not reach agreement with a suitable venue."

While the European Tour has agreed to subsidise any losses incurred by its players, the Asian Tour are not following suit.

The two-Tours are co-sanctioning this week's tournament which has a total prize fund of £892,000 down from a fund of £1.67million last year.

When the change of venue was announced the European Tour informed its players how to reclaim expenses for the extra costs provoked due to these circumstances.

But the Asia Tour didn't offer their 72 players competing in the tournament the same treatment which tees-off on Thursday.

Asian Tour member and Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri wasn't too concerned with the situation.

The Indian pro said: "Everyone is trying to be economical by booking in time but these things can happen if you pull out of events or miss cuts, you change tickets.

"It is something that is the prerogative of the Tour. If the European Tour has taken that decision it's really good to support their players and hopefully something like this can be learnt by the other tours."

Poor organisation seems common for the Asian Tour as the 2014 Myanmar Open disappeared from the list of events without notice, while the return of next month's Philippine Open was only announced on Friday.

Asian Tour member are still waiting to discover the second half of their 2014 schedule as the Chiangmai Golf Classic held in Thailand in July their last confirmed event of the year at the moment.

But Singapore's Mardam Marmat revealed that although he will lose money he is glad to be playing in his hometown.

"I had already got my flights and done my visa," he said.

"It is good and bad for me. Bad I lose some money on the air ticket and good I now play in my home town."

European Tour member and defending champion of this tournament Brett Rumford added that the late switch hadn't caused him too much trouble: "I didn't book any accommodation or flights to Korea so I got lucky on that.

"The Tour is always subsidising any money lost so we have been looked after."

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