ADT: Choo seeks memorable outing at Sherwood Hills

Tue 21 Apr 2015

ADT: Choo seeks memorable outing at Sherwood Hills

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Cavite, Philippines, April 21: Wilson Choo hopes to claim his first title outside of Malaysia when he contends at the US$60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic which starts on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Choo, who enjoyed a breakthrough win on the ADT on home soil in February, is determined to return to winning ways at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club.
Choo, ranked third on the Merit list, will feature in the event alongside Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, American Greg Moss, Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek and American Micah Lauren Shin.
Elmer Salvador, a three-time ADT winner, will lead the local charge alongside compatriots Cassius Casas, Rufino Bayron and Charles Hong at the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic, which is the second consecutive ADT tournament to be staged in the Philippines.
While Choo relishes the excitement of playing outside of Malaysia, he is aware of the challenges of playing on different golf courses. He missed the cut last week after struggling in the windy conditions.
“The experience playing abroad has been great so far. It is fun travelling with the Malaysian boys and I enjoy it a lot. You gained a lot more experience when you come out to play and you get exposed to different cultures as well.
“This is my first time playing in the Philippines. I would say getting to know the golf courses out here is the main challenge because you've never played these courses before. Last week was tough but having played the course today, I’m actually feeling better with my game,” said Choo.
“I learned from last week’s experience because when the wind blew, the whole golf course changes. It will depend on the wind conditions again I guess. It’s going to be tough with the wind. I think putting would be the key to play well here,” he explained.
He is eager to follow in the footsteps of countrymen and two-time ADT winners Arie Irawan and Nicholas Fung, who earned Asian Tour cards through the ADT.
“It's good to see Arie and Fung winning of course. It's good for the development of golf in Malaysia. Winning on the ADT has given me a lot of confidence in my game. I want to focus more on the ADT this year and try to finish inside the top-five on the Order of Merit at the end of the season. I’ll just keep pressing on and see how it goes,” said Choo.
Thailand’s Panuwat, winner of the PGM Terengganu Championship in Malaysia last month, will also bid for a second ADT title this week.
“My game feels pretty much the same since the start of the season. I’m just trying to keep it consistent right now. It was a thrill to win in Terengganu last month. I’m mentally stronger and feeling more confident now. I’m looking forward to the week. Hopefully I can draw closer to the top five positions with a good result this week,” said the 29-year-old Panuwat.
The ADT will 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.