ADT graduate Catlin proves his worth on the big stage

Mon 21 May 2018

ADT graduate Catlin proves his worth on the big stage


Sentosa, Singapore, May 21: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) is the breeding ground for champions, and American John Catlin would be one of the first to endorse it following his breakthrough win at the US$300,000 Asia-Pacific Classic on Sunday.

The 27-year-old mustered all his ADT experience to power his way to victory at the Asian Tour’s second event in China this season.

“This victory validates all the hard work that I've put in since missing the cut in Manila in 2016. I was finally fed up with not giving it my all. That weekend I spent eight hours a day working on my game and ended up winning two weeks later. Winning on the ADT is nice, but the main Tour is a step up and as we all know, this is the main Tour on the continent,” said Catlin, who is based in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Catlin, who hails from Sacramento, California, saw the potential in ADT as a platform for emerging stars in Asia. After a mediocre rookie season on the Asian Tour, his turning point in his career finally came towards the end of 2016 where he savoured his maiden ADT victory at the Combiphar Golf Invitational.

He found his groove eventually in 2017, making it his best season yet, with six top-10 finishes and another ADT win in Malaysia, to come in third on the ADT Merit rankings and earned his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season.

Catlin admitted he felt intimated by the field during his first start on the Asian Tour in New Zealand this season where he missed the cut. However, he stayed patient and continued to build up this winning momentum on the ADT in the following weeks with three top-10 finishes before stepping back onto the bigger stage to finish tied-eighth in Korea and finally securing his Asian Tour breakthrough in China.

The determined American has already set bigger goals for himself after earning his well-deserved place in the winner’s category that has given him a one-year exemption on the Asian Tour.

“Knowing that I can compete and win at this level gives me a lot of confidence going forward. In fact, my next aim is to get into the "Multiple Winners" category. The Habitat for Humanity Standings is also an aim for me. Shubhankar (Sharma) has a pretty huge lead, but we're getting into some big money events so, anything can happen,” said the American.

His breakthrough victory catapulted him into 20th place from 43rd place on the Habitat for Humanity standings after his winner’s purse of $US 54,000 which led him to accumulate a season’s haul of $US 95,718.

Runner-ups Natipong Srithong of Thailand and Australia’s Adam Blyth moves to 42nd place and 62nd place respectively after their commendable finishes.

Japan’s Shohei Hasegawa who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying school this year and has already won a maiden ADT victory, moved up 66 spots to 76th place with his third-place finish in what was his third start on the premier tour this year.

The top-10 positions remained unchanged, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma still in the lead at US$ 589,575 while England’s Matt Wallace and India’s Rahil Gangjee take second and third place respectively, as the Asian Tour heads to Thailand for the Thailand Open in a fortnight.

Top-20 players on the Habitat for Humanity Standings

Pos      Player Order of Merit  (US$)

1            Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) $589,575.00

2            Matt WALLACE (ENG) $446,660.00

3            Rahil GANGJEE (IND) $283,018.87

4            Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) $265,573.14

5            Sihwan KIM (USA) $226,710.14

6            Paul PETERSON (USA) $215,758.57

7            Sanghyun PARK (KOR) $187,124.00

8            Daniel NISBET (AUS) $150,863.64

9            Scott VINCENT (ZIM) $145,208.76

10          Berry HENSON (USA) $140,613.57

11          Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $131,214.35

12          Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) $123,306.08

13          Shaun NORRIS (RSA) $118,284.91

14          Khalin JOSHI (IND) $111,140.00

15          Yikeun CHANG (KOR) $110,826.17

16          Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) $108,596.69

17          Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) $105,907.84

18          Prom MEESAWAT (THA) $104,947.17

19          Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) $99,480.65

20          John CATLIN (USA) $95,718.60