5 things we learned at the Asia-Pacific Classic

Sun 20 May 2018

5 things we learned at the Asia-Pacific Classic

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Sentosa, Singapore, May 21: Here's five takeaways from the inaugural Asia-Pacific Classic, which saw American John Catlin claim his breakthrough win at the St. Andrews (Zhengzhou) Golf Club in China on Sunday.


  • Catlin is the second American to win on the Asian Tour this season, following Paul Peterson at the 2018 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open earlier in January. He is also the second Asian Development Tour (ADT) player, following Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski in Bangladesh two weeks ago, to win on the Asian Tour this season.
  • Catlin, who turned professional in 2013, has been based in Hua Hin, Thailand, since two years ago. He trains with Noah Montgomery, who also coaches Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, an eight-time winner on the region’s premier Tour.
  • Prior to his breakthrough in China, Catlin has notched four top-10s in five starts on the ADT before going on to secure back-to-back top-10 results on the Asian Tour in Korea and Bangladesh.
  • 2018 Asian Tour Qualifying school graduates have showcased their immense potential at the Asia-Pacific Classic. Rookies Shohei Hasegawa of Japan, Australian duo Andrew Martin and Josh Younger, Miguel Carballo of Argentina, as well as Jack Harrison of England all finished inside top-10 at the St. Andrews (Zhengzhou) Golf Club.
  • The Asian Development Tour (ADT) continues to prove its worth as a successful platform for budding golfers to hone their skills before plying their trade on the premier Asian Tour. John Catlin becomes the eighth player to win on the Asian Tour after enjoying successes on the ADT, which was inaugurated as the gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010. The first seven players to achieve the feat are American Berry Henson, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Poom Saksansin, Malaysian duo Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung, as well as Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden, who claimed his breakthrough in Bangladesh a fortnight ago.