ADT Graduates Gear Up For Myanmar Test

Wed 20 Feb 2013

ADT Graduates Gear Up For Myanmar Test

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Yangon, Myanmar, February 20: Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduates Jay Bayron, Peter Richardson and Hsu Mong-nan will face their next big challenge when they play at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan starting Thursday.
The trio was the top-three players on the ADT Order of Merit last season which earned them valuable Asian Tour cards for 2013.
Filipino Bayron, who capped the season with two ADT victories and finished as the top player on the Order of Merit, was clearly delighted to be among the established field at the US$300,000 event, which is the curtain raiser for the Asian Tour’s 10th season celebrations.
“I’m feeling really excited. First event for me in Myanmar and looking forward to a good week. It’s a good golf course, greens are challenging. If I can shoot three under every day, I’ll be happy. It’s wide open and players will need to have good iron play.
“There are a lot of good players on the Asian Tour. Playing on the ADT has been helpful as we get to play in tournaments which help prepare us for the Asian Tour,” said the jovial Filipino.
Englishman Richardson is relishing the opportunity to play with the ‘big boys’ which include reigning Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, title holder Kieran Richardson of Australia, Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat and rising star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who finished second in last year’s edition.
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“It is coming along quick (when asked how he felt earning an Asian Tour card through the Asian Development Tour). I think it just sunk it in the last couple of weeks. It is going to be exciting because I’ll be playing on new courses and facing new challenges. I’m looking forward to playing with the big guys,” said Richardson.
“Playing well is my number one priority. I want to enjoy it and if I can do that and relax then hopefully I can play my best golf and get some good results early on. I want to try to get off to a good start and hopefully ride on that in the next few months.”
There was only one setback in Richardson’s successful 2012 ADT campaign where he suffered a back injury in the middle of the year which forced him to withdraw from several events.
“I’ve been trying to get my physical health back a bit. I was struggling last year with my back so I’ve been seeing specialists and physiotherapists to see what sort of exercises I can do. It (back) is okay but I still feel a bit of pain. It is not going to cause me any discomfort. Hopefully there will be no more issues going forward,” said Richardson.
Jonathan Moore of the United States, winner of the 2011 ADT Order of Merit, enjoyed a successful Asian Tour campaign last year, carding two runner-up finishes to finish seventh on the Order of Merit.
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