ADT: Byrne seeks successful title repeat

Tue 11 Mar 2014

ADT: Byrne seeks successful title repeat

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Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia, March 11:  Defending champion James Byrne of Scotland believes a positive mental approach to his game will spell success for the second consecutive year when he tees up at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a career high when he claimed his first win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year. He aims to relish his moment of glory again at the season’s second event, which offers a prize money of RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) at the Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia.
“I’m excited to be back. It’s a venue that obviously holds good memories for me, hopefully I can feed off those good vibes this week,” said the 2011 Walker Cup star.
After missing the grade at the Qualifying School last month, Byrne will have much to play for on the ADT as the top five players at the end of the season earn an Asian Tour card for 2015. The ADT continues to offer world ranking points this season.
“It was a big disappointment to lose my Asian Tour card but I’ll be trying my best to get straight back up via the ADT. I’m sure the race for the top five spots will be competitive this year as there are many good players out there. I’m not putting pressure on myself to win this week as it isn’t easy. The main goal is to give myself a chance on Saturday,” said Byrne.
Despite the challenges faced in his ascent through the professional game, Byrne remained optimistic with his season ahead.
In a recent blog entry, Byrne wrote: “My number one priority is always to play better golf. I’ve always been a believer that in sport, progress must be measured by performance rather than results.
This year I’m taking a slightly different approach to my practice, focusing far more on the mental side, and a bit less on the physical side. The goal remains the same, and that’s to keep a positive outlook and learn and improve.
There’s no shortcut in this game, and even if there was, I would probably prefer the scenic route.”
Current ADT Order of Merit leader Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand will headline the PGM CCM Pahman Putra Championship alongside talented compatriot Pavit Tangkamolprasert, as well as local hopes Danny Chia, R. Nachimuthu and Shaaban Hussin.
China’s Ye Jian-feng, Japanese duo of Masaru Takahashi and Mitsuhiko Hashizume, Quincy Quek of Singapore, Grant Jackson of England and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden will also feature in the event.
A total of 123 players will compete at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship this week, with the field being split between the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
The winner of the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
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.