ADT: De Silva aims for repeat win at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

Wed 02 Oct 2013

ADT: De Silva aims for repeat win at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

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Kuching, Malaysia, October 2: Malaysian young gun Kenneth De Silva hopes his recent run of good form will spur him to a successful title defence at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters which starts on Thursday.
The 22-year-old, who secured his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory in last year’s edition, will be among an international cast chasing for honours in the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) event, which is the 13th leg on the ADT this season.
He will be joined by local prospects Nicholas Fung, Shaaban Hussin, Airil Rizman, as well as Ben Leong, who is making a long-awaited comeback from injury.
De Silva is determined to prove his worth again when he steps up on the tee at the Sarawak Golf Club this week.
“I am happy with how I am playing right now and I am really looking forward to this week. Hopefully I can defend my title successfully!” said De Silva, who finished 12th on the ADT Order of Merit last season.
“Being able to win last year was good. It was my first win as a professional golfer and also my first ADT win. That gave me a huge confidence boost in my game and I really hope to regain that winning feel,” he added.
American James Bowen, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit with his season’s haul of US$37,545, will chase for a record third win on the ADT after narrowly missing out in the play-off at the Sabah Classic two weeks ago.
“I’m hoping to secure a third win this week. I feel good about my game now and I’ve got high expectations of myself. Missing out in the play-off two weeks ago was not really disappointing because it puts me back on top of the Order of Merit which was a boost in confidence for me,” said the 27-year-old.
“I gave myself a few days off after the event in Sabah before going back to Thailand to train with my coach. It’s my first time playing in Sarawak. Everything looks good here and I can’t wait to try out the course,” added Bowen, who claimed victories in Indonesia and Malaysia earlier this year.
Bowen will spearhead the international field which includes Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and England’s Grant Jackson, who are ranked fourth and fifth on the merit list respectively.
With only three more events to play on the ADT before the season ends, players will have everything to play for as they vie to finish in the top three on the Order of Merit which will earn them playing rights on the elite Asian Tour in 2014.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters will also provide the region’s upstarts with another opportunity to improve their world rankings as all ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year.
Fung, who claimed his third victory on the local tour last week, will be looking to cement his position as the best-ranked Malaysian on the OWGR so as to secure a spot at the lucrative CIMB Classic later this month.
“Winning on the local tour last week helps me a lot as it puts me in a good condition coming to this week. I was facing problems with my putting earlier but I think it’s getting better now. I am really confident with my game right now. I think I will have a good chance of winning this week if I play consistently,” said Fung, who is currently 472nd on the OWGR.
The highest ranked Malaysian in the world, before the cut-off date on October 7, will be exempted into the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.
Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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 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.