ADT Finale: Arie aims for last push

Tue 02 Dec 2014

ADT Finale: Arie aims for last push

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Kuala Lumpur, December 2: Malaysian prospect Arie Irawan is fired up to win the Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) season-ending PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship starting on Wednesday to secure his Asian Tour card for 2015.
The 24-year-old currently sits in sixth position on the ADT Order of Merit with US$37,275, which is one rung outside the top-five bracket that is required to earn promotion onto the region’s premier Tour.
However, Arie is hopeful that teeing up on his home course, the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, will give him an edge over the field as he attempts to end his season on a winning note.
American Brett Munson, currently in fifth place on the rankings, will seek to defend or better his position but the likes of England’s Grant Jackson, Sweden’s Nils Floren and Thai duo Pijit Petchkasem and Annop Tangkamolprasert all have a mathematical chance to break into the top five with a victory in Malaysia.
grant jackson (web)With nine ADT top-10s this season, including in his last five starts, Arie is tipped to contend for a first victory but utmost on his mind is to simply earn his Asian Tour card.
“I have to try to treat it like another tournament. I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing and the week will take care of itself. The most important thing is to prepare myself well. I’ll be on my home course which will be a slight advantage but I just have to go out there and do the best that I can do. I have nothing to lose but everything to gain. Whatever happens, I will look back at the year as a good year,” said Arie.
A recent top-10 on the Asian Tour’s Resorts World Manila Masters has also given Arie the self-confidence that he can eventually compete regularly against the region’s elite. With seasoned campaigners Zaw Moe of Myanmar and Singapore’s Mardan Mamat taking him under their wing, Arie is prepared to bide his time.
“Mardan and Zaw have been great mentors and they tell me that success doesn’t happen very quickly unless you’re Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy,” said Arie.
“Sometimes, it takes time. As long as you just learn about yourself and what you do best, then you can get better. I know I can win and I know I can do it on my home course. That’s the goal but I’ll try to not make that a distraction. When I go out I will just try to shoot as low as I can and have some fun.
“My mental strength has been good. My swing has been consistent and mentally, I don’t try to beat myself up. What I like to say is ‘respond positively to negativity’. The more things you can take out of yourself by being positive, you will become positive. If you think more negatively, negativity will affect you in the long run.”
The current top-four players from the ADT, Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, Ireland’s Niall Turner and Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai are not competing in the ADT’s final tournament of the year as they have earned exemptions into this week’s Bank BRI Indonesia Open.
With this week’s winner taking home US$13,961, Jackson, who holds one victory on the ADT and is currently seventh on the Merit list, knows that only a victory will help him realise a top-five finish.
“I know I have to win this week and I will set out with the goal to try to get myself into position to do so. With the weather being the way it is, I hope to get out of the blocks quickly and get into position early,” said Jackson, who missed out on his Asian Tour card by one rung on the rankings last season.
“I have played the East course a few times and I know it fairly well. I went through the yardage book on the flight over and was going through the holes which I didn’t do too well last year. My game is feeling alright,” he added.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 17 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course. All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
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.