Ben Sellenger, chief executive of the OneAsia Tour, resigned his post abruptly on Friday. Sellenger had been in charge of the fledgling competitor to the Asian Tour since its founding in 2009.
The tour is set to relocate from Singapore to Hong Kong, though Sellenger denied the move influenced his decision.
OneAsia was formed in a deal among the Australasian, Chinese and Korean tours, seeking to offer events with a minimum purse of $1 million. The tour had 12 events on its schedule in its second season – up from seven in 2010.
The Asian Tour has engaged OneAsia in a battle for events and players, with the Asian Tour going so far as to ban players who straddled both tours.
Despite the fierce battle, Sellenger said he would miss the gig.
'I do consider it to be my baby a little bit,' he told AFP. 'Moving on is always difficult but I just think it's about time to move on.'