KARACHI Indian and Thai professionals have been minting money in the cash-rich Asian tour since it was launched in 2004 offering a combined purse of USD 29 million. But not a single dime from such a huge prize money has come to Pakistani professionals, who for some unknown reasons have failed to play at the tour. Only once a Pakistani Taimur Hussain clinched Burma Open title on the tour some years ago and since then no Pakistani professional has succeeded in getting a place in the tour. It is worth a mention that the organisers recently organised three separate events for the second best from Asian countries. According to unconfirmed news, in a desperate bid to get access to other avenues abroad recently, Pakistani professionals launched an unsuccessful attempt to create separate professional golf association. But they could not muster enough support from various clubs and provincial associations to begin their own association that could help them to get entry in professional events played in Asia. Thailands top golfing stars continue to feature prominently on the Asian Tours career money list with eight players from the Kingdom featuring in the top 25. Reigning Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee leads the career earnings category with slightly over US$4 million accumulated over a span of a decade competing in the regions elite circuit. With 12 victories under his belt, the most by a player on the Asian Tour, the former paratrooper is well ahead of Indias Jeev Milkha Singh who ranks second with US$2.8 million in career earnings. Other Thai stand-outs featuring on the career earnings list include Thaworn Wiratchant, who is ranked fourth with US$2.5 million, and Prayad Marksaeng, who is placed sixth with US$2.3 million. Chapchai Nirat (14th, US$1.36 million), Thammanoon Srirot (15th, US$1.31 million), Chawalit Plaphol (16th, US$1.23 million), Prom Meesawat (22nd, US$1.1 million) and veteran Boonchu Ruangkit (23rd, 1.1 million) are all featured in the top-25, making Thailand the country with the most players in the elite bracket. In total, the eight Thai players have an accumulated wealth of over US$15 million, thanks largely to a staggering 45 career victories between them in Asia. This year, three Asian Tour tournaments will be played in Thailand, namely the Asian Tour International, Queens Cup and Kings Cup. In addition, the Sports Authority of Thailand has a long-term agreement in place with the Asian Tour to stage the Qualifying School in Thailand until 2014 while Singha Corporation also became a tour partner this year. Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: The Asian Tour will continue to create playing opportunities with increase in prize money for our members. With a solid commercial and playing structure firmly in place, we believe the Asian Tour will continue to grow and strengthen Asian golf at the highest level. I am also pleased that we have added six new Tour partners this year and three new tournaments which we believe further spur the development of players in Asia. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.