ADT: Flawless Bowen cements lead in Jakarta

Fri 19 Jul 2013

ADT: Flawless Bowen cements lead in Jakarta

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Jakarta, July 19: James Bowen of the United States cemented his lead when he carded a third round two-under-par 70 to extend his advantage to three at the inaugural Jakarta Classic on Friday.
Bowen, who held the overnight lead, compiled a three-day total of 10-under-par 206 to enjoy a three-shot cushion over Australian Darren Tan and Arie Fauzi of Malaysia as he heads into the final round at the Imperial Klub Golf.
Tan and Arie, who recently turned professional in April, signed for matching 209s to take a share of second place while Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, who was leading after the first day, carded a 70 to take fourth place.
England’s Grant Jackson slipped three places from second to fifth when he returned with a 73 at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Bowen, who is currently second on the ADT Order of Merit, was delighted with his commanding performance which he described as a huge confidence booster.
“I’m glad I gave myself a lot of chances today. I didn’t make any mistakes today and I had a bogey-free round which was a huge confidence boost for me,” said Bowen.
“I hope I can enjoy a solid round again tomorrow. I will try and stick to my original game plan and we will see what happens,” added the 27-year-old.
Having claimed his maiden ADT breakthrough earlier this year, the American remains on course to seal his second title and potentially a spot on the region’s premier Tour at the end of the season.
The top three players to finish on the ADT Order of Merit will earn their Asian Tour cards for 2014.
Meanwhile Tan credited his recent good form for giving him the honour of recording the day’s lowest score of 67.
“I think I’ve just had my best ball-striking round today. I played my wedge shots well too. I’m really happy with my game. Hopefully, I can hole more putts tomorrow,” said Tan, who marked his blemish-free card with five birdies.
Tan once hogged the spotlight on the Asian Tour when he won a Kia Optima K5 after carding a hole-in-one during the second round of ISPS Handa Singapore Classic in 2012.
Starting this season, all ADT events will receive Official World Golf Ranking points which will help players qualify for the World Cup of Golf in November and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
The Official Water for this week’s Jakarta Classic is Jeju Sam Da Soo, one of the leading Korean Water Brands.
Leading third round scores:
206 – James BOWEN (USA) 70 66 70
209 – Darren TAN (AUS) 73 69 67, Arie FAUZI (MAS) 68 73 68
210 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 67 73 70
211 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 73 65 73
212 – Shuan MALONE (ENG) 69 72 71
213 – George GANDRANATA (INA) 73 72 68, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 71 70 72, Jake STIRLING (AUS) 70 71 72
Ends.
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.