KARACHI Pakistani professional golfers continue to suffer as their counterparts in other countries of Asia make big money playing in the multi-million dollar Asia tour that has attracted professional golfers from every country in the continent except Pakistan. According to information available here Saturday, the Asia Tour consists of over 20 events played across the continent but Pakistani professional golfers, for some unknown reasons, have missed playing on the tour which could easily make them professionally better and also rich. Pakistani pros are said to suffer because there is no independent professional body in Pakistan who can plead their case and help them financially to make a break through. The standard of Pakistani professional is in no way inferior to India where professional golfers are making good money and even bringing good name to their country. Recently, an effort was launched by professional golfers to create their own body but the move was resisted by all those associations managing the game. But still the pros are fighting to have a say in their affairs. As majority of Pakistani pros were caddies and not much educated and comparatively poor, they had to depend upon clubs dotted across the country to play. These clubs and golf associations allegedly gave no helping hand to the players and instead allegedly discouraged them to form a new body. Not only big corporate sector is showing huge interest in the events of Asia Tour and even some governments have put big money to attract top of the rung golfers from the world and Asia. Recently, the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) decided to pump in $300,000 in The Kings Cup which will be played this week at Khon Kaen. Through the years, the Sports Authority of Thailand has played an integral role in developing the sport in Thailand and across Asia by working hand-in-hand with the Asian Tour through the hosting of numerous tournaments in the country including the Asian Tour International, Queens Cup and Qualifying School. This Kings Cup, staged in commemoration of birthday of the King of Thailand, is the third tournament held in Thailand on the Asian Tour schedule this year while the fourth and final Asian Tour event in Thailand, the Black Mountain Masters, is scheduled in the coastal town of Hua Hin next month. Earlier this year, the Sports Authority of Thailand also pledged to continue sponsoring the Asian Tour Qualifying School for further three years, extending its sponsorship commitment to 2014. Led by Thai legends, Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant, a total of 37 tournament victories have been won by Thai players since 2004 with prize winnings of over $15 million going to Thai players. Apart from Thongchai and Thaworn, both Asian Tour number ones and holder of a record 12 career titles each, other Thai players who have stamped their class on the Asian Tour include Chinnarat Phadungsil, Chapchai Nirat, Prom Meesawat, Thamanoon Srirot, Chawalit Plaphol and the legendary Boonchu Ruangkit. This year, Pariya Junhasavasdikul won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters to join the elite winners club. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.