ADT: Arie aims for back-to-back wins

Tue 10 Feb 2015

ADT: Arie aims for back-to-back wins

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Langkawi, Malaysia, February 10: Arie Irawan will be aiming to reinforce his status as the leading Malaysian in the world by winning his second straight Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship which starts on Wednesday.
ATQS-2014-ARIE FAUZI-003Placed at 486th at the end of 2014, Arie moved to 357th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) to overtake Danny Chia as the leading Malaysian following his breakthrough victory on the ADT two weeks ago.
Despite missing the halfway cut at the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open last week, Arie remained as the highest-ranked Malaysian in 365th position while Chia is placed 396th following a tied-25th finish in his National Open. Given his current standings, Arie would have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if the qualifying cut off point was concluded last week.
Arie will spearhead the local charge alongside compatriots Ben Leong, Shaaban Hussin and Kenneth De Silva at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) event, which is the second ADT event this year.
American Brett Munson, Grant Jackson of England, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Annop Tangkamolprasert of Thailand will also be part of the strong field comprising of 16 countries vying for honours at the Gunung Raya Golf Resorts.
“Claiming my first ADT victory two weeks ago gave me a lot of confidence. I feel like my game is stepping up to the next level. I have to trust my game and believe that I can do well again,” said Arie, who earned a 2015 Asian Tour card on the ADT last year.
Arie knows he must put in more hard work to better his position on the OWGR as he aims to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
“One of my goals was to become the top Malaysian in the world and I’ve achieved that. Now that I’m number one, I know I have to push even harder to be better. I want to try and gain as much world ranking points as I can and hopefully qualify for the Olympics,” added the 24-year-old Malaysian.
Annop Tangkamolprasert of ThailandAnnop will draw inspiration from his older brother Pavit, who is the reigning ADT Order of Merit champion, as he continues his chase for a maiden victory at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship.
“My family and I were very happy and proud to see my brother winning the Order of Merit last year. It would be great if I can follow his footsteps but before that, I will just target to win my first ADT victory this year,” said the 24-year-old Thai.
Annop also hopes to make up for the disappointment of missing out on his Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School last month.
“I was disappointed for not making it through the Qualifying School but I will have to move on from there. I had a good rest over the past few weeks so I’m refreshed and ready for the new season ahead. I am looking forward to playing on the ADT this season,” added Annop, who finished 10th on the 2014 ADT Order of Merit.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 17 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
About the Asian Development Tour
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 Web.com 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.