BLACKWOOD’S Bradley Dredge has revealed that talks are advancing over merging the European and Asian Tours next season, writes Michael Pearlman.

The two-time European Tour winner made the comments on his official website ahead of the Porsche Open in Germany.

“On Wednesday here in Germany we players were called to a meeting where we were given an outline of the proposal to merge the Asian and European Tours next season,” he wrote.

“The details are not being released yet but what I heard impressed me and I think the merger will turn out to be very beneficial for our players.”

Dredge is hopeful that a new club can make all the difference for him as he returns to European Tour action at the Porsche Open in Germany, returning after a six-year hiatus, writes Michael Pearlman.

Dredge missed the cut last week at the KLM Open after contending for the title a week earlier in Denmark in what has been an up and down season on his return to the Tour after two-years away.

But he’s hopeful a new driver can give him a boost this week.

“After missing the cut at the KLM Open I went home and began work testing the new M1 Taylormade Driver and it has felt so good that I have brought it with me to the European Open confident that my play off the tees will be better,” he said.

“And it needs to be here at the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach because a few of the holes, nine and 18 in particular, call for drives to be very accurate not only direction-wise but also with control of length.

“That is because they are unusual par five doglegs where any ball slightly out of position will not be able to be to hit to the greens because of tress being in the way.

“It is going to be a testing week because it is a tough modern golf course.”