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Manila event to go ahead despite devastation

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MANILA, Philippines – The Asian Tour has confirmed the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters golf tournament will proceed as scheduled this week despite the devastation Typhoon Haiyan wreaked on parts of the southern Philippines.

Asian Tour chief executive Mike Kerr said in a statement that the decision to continue with the tournament that begins Thursday at the Southwoods Golf and Country Club was made after ''careful consideration and consultation with the local golf associations, authorities and relief agencies.''

Kerr says ''We feel for the people affected by this unfortunate tragedy,'' and that the best way the tour can help is by staging the tournament and supporting aid and relief programs.

There have been 1,744 confirmed deaths and hundreds of thousands of people displaced following the typhoon.