ADT: Arvidsson snares first win

Sat 10 Sep 2016

ADT: Arvidsson snares first win

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Kuala Lumpur, September 10: Overnight co-leader Oskar Arvidsson of Sweden recorded a memorable victory after closing with a third consecutive four-under-par 67 to win by two shots at the PGM MIDF TPC Kuala Lumpur Championship on Saturday.
PGM MIDF TPC Championship 2016 Oskar Arvidsson of Sweden
It was a maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and a first professional win for the 25-year-old Swede, who nailed six birdies against two bogeys for a winning total of 15-under-par 269 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event.
Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach returned with a flawless round highlighted by two birdies to settle for a runner-up finish, marking his best result on the ADT so far this season at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
2013 ADT Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung posted a 68 to emerge as the highest-placed Malaysian in third place on 272 while compatriot Danny Chia (68) and Indonesian George Gandranata (71) came in a further two shots back in fourth.
Having endured a lacklustre season where he has never finish inside top-10 prior to his victory, Arvidsson was clearly delighted to turn the corner.
“I played some great golf this week. I am really happy with my result. I was just trying to stay in the moment and play one shot at a time. It wasn’t easy out there but I am glad I got through it,” said Arvidsson, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2014.
Arvidsson got off to a quick start with two birdies in his opening three holes before dropping a shot on seventh to turn in 34. He nailed four more birdies on his way home and sealed the deal despite a bogey on the last.
PGM MIDF TPC Championship 2016 Mitchell Slorach of Singapore
“I got off to a good start and that helped a lot. I putted well too. This win means a lot to me. It puts me in the right direction for more successes and I hope I can keep it going into the remaining of the season,” added the Swede, who is playing in his second season on the ADT.
Arvidsson took home a winner’s prize purse of US$8,721 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The top six players and ties also received OWGR points based on a sliding scale.
Arvidsson is the second Swede following Oscar Zetterwall to win on the ADT, which was launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Photos courtesy of Arep Kulal/PGM Tour.
Leading final round scores:
269 - Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 68 67 67 67
271 - Mitchell SLORACH (SIN) 65 69 68 69
272 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 67 70 67 68
274 - George GANDRANATA (INA) 71 67 68 68, Danny CHIA (MAS) 64 67 72 71
275 - Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 76 65 68 66, Gavin GREEN (MAS) 68 68 68 71
277 - Jose ROLZ (GTM) 71 71 67 68, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 66 69 73 69
279 - HSIEH Chi-hsien (TWN) 73 66 72 68, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 71 67 72 69, Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 70 69 68 72, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 67 70 68 74
280 - Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN) 69 67 74 70, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 70 71 68 71, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66 69 73 72
281 - Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 70 71 71 69
282 - Ben LEONG (MAS) 66 71 76 69, Danny MASRIN (INA) 73 70 70 69, M. Sasidaran (MAS) 70 70 73 69, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 73 69 71 69, Baxter REEVES (USA) 71 70 69 72, K P LIN (TWN) 70 69 76 67, Alex TIONG (MAS) 70 70 70 72, Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) 66 69 73 74
Ends.
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.