ADT: Bowen regains top spot on Order of Merit

Wed 25 Sep 2013

ADT: Bowen regains top spot on Order of Merit

September 25: American James Bowen, who claimed two victories on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this season, will head into the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters next week in fine form.
Bowen had regained top spot on the ADT Order of Merit after battling into a thrilling playoff at the PGM-UMW Sabah Classic two weeks ago.
Despite losing to Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang on the third extra hole and missing out on his third ADT victory this season, Bowen managed to oust Malaysia’s Iain Steel and take over the lead with a season’s haul of US$37,545.
“I’m happy to be back on top of the ADT Order of Merit again. I had a great week in Sabah and I’m back in Thailand to practise with my coach and to refine my game. Hopefully I can secure another win before the season ends,” said the 27-year-old, who claimed victories in Indonesia and Malaysia earlier this year.
Steel, who recorded two consecutive wins on the ADT this season, trails Bowen by about US$2,000 on second place.
“I’ve been struggling with a back injury in the last three seasons. The two wins in Chinese Taipei and Malaysia have really boosted my confidence. Hopefully I can stay in top three till the end of the season,” said the 42-year-old Sabahan, who rediscovered some of his best form after playing and winning on the ADT.
Highest ranked golfer in Malaysia, Nicholas Fung takes the third place while Canadian Lindsay Renolds, who recorded six top-10 finishes on the ADT this season, trails Fung closely by a mere US$334 in fourth place.
England’s Grant Jackson, who claimed his maiden ADT title in Malaysia in April this year, is ranked fifth on the Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$25,914.
With about US$12,000 separating Bowen from Jackson and three more tournaments left to play on the ADT, the race to finish inside top three on the Order of Merit at the end of the season is still very much alive.
The top three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2014.
Fung will be looking to strengthen his position as the best-ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) so as to secure a spot at the lucrative CIMB Classic in October.
“It would be an honour if I have the chance to play in the upcoming CIMB Classic. It’s a great opportunity for me to play with players from the PGA Tour and moreover, it’s held in my home country,” said the 23-year-old, who claimed his maiden ADT victory on home soil earlier in June.
“Hopefully I can produce a decent finish on the ADT next week so as to strengthen my position on the world rankings and secure my spot for CIMB Classic,” added Fung, who is currently ranked 471st on the OWGR.
The highest ranked Malaysian in the world will be exempted into the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour. The cut-off date to qualify for the CIMB Classic is on October 7.
The ADT hopefuls will resume their Merit chase after a two weeks’ break at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters which tees off in Malaysia next week.
A total of 15 tournaments have been confirmed this season, which is a record for the ADT since its inauguration in 2010.
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Asian Development Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos         Player                                                         Earnings (US$)

1James BOWEN (USA)




3Nicholas FUNG (MAS)


4Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN)




6Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN)




8CHAN Shih-chang (TPE)


9Darren TAN (AUS)


10James BYRNE (SCO)




12Wolmer MURILLO (VEN)








16Quincy QUEK (SIN)




18Steve LEWTON (ENG)


19Rory HIE (INA)




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 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 three 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.