ADT: Munson leads strong cast to #TaifongOpen

Changhwa, Chinese Taipei, June 18: Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit leader Brett Munson of the United States will lead a stellar cast, consisting of more than 30 tournament winners, to the fourth edition of the Taifong Open next week.

The 30-year-old Munson, who has won twice on the ADT, will headline the US$160,000 event alongside Australia’s Martin Dive and Ben Leong of Malaysia, placed second and fourth respectively on the current Order of Merit.

Reigning ADT Order of Merit champion Johannes Veerman of the United States, who triumphed in the play-off for his breakthrough win last year, will also return to the highly-acclaimed Taifong Golf Course to defend his title from June 22 to 25.

Also in the fray are three-time ADT winner Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand, Steve Lewton of England and Liu Yan-wei of China, who are all ranked inside the top-10 on the current money list.

Local heroes Lin Wen-tang and Lu Wei-chih, who hold a combined total of 10 victories on the premier Asian Tour, will spearhead the home front challenge alongside countrymen Lin Wen-ko and Hsieh Chi-hsien, both winners on the region’s secondary circuit.

As the richest tournament on the schedule, the Taifong Open will play an important part in the Order of Merit race where the top-five finishers on the Merit rankings at the end of this season will secure Asian Tour cards for 2018.

The Taifong Open was staged on the domestic circuit before coming on board the ADT schedule in 2014. Past champions include Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (2014) and Rattanon Wannasrichan (2015) of Thailand, who are now winners on the Asian Tour.

By featuring on the ADT schedule, the event will receive Official World Golf Ranking status, with the winner of each tournament receiving a minimum six points and the top-six players and ties earning points on a sliding scale. The winner of the Taifong Open will also take home a winner’s prize purse of US$28,000.

Other notable players in the field are Oscar Zetterwall of Sweden, George Gandranata of Indonesia, South African Mathiam Keyser, American John Michael O’Toole, Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand and Arie Irawan of Malaysia.

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The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.