ADT: Green edges closer to Olympic dream

Tue 19 Apr 2016

ADT: Green edges closer to Olympic dream

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Kuala Lumpur, April 19: Malaysia’s rising star Gavin Green has moved into contention to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August after claiming a second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title of the year in the Philippines on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Green rose from 521st to 366th position on the latest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after earning seven points from his victory, which was also his first win outside of Malaysia, at the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship.
Green now sits in 60th and last place on the Olympics qualifying ranking to qualify for Rio, with the cut-off being July 11. He is one of two Malaysians in the top-60 with compatriot Danny Chia currently ranked 51st.
Golf is making a return into the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904.
Despite missing out on a 2016 Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in January, Green has enjoyed a strong season on the ADT with two victories and two other top-10s. He is second on the ADT Order of Merit.
“It’s a great confidence booster for me, winning my third ADT title in Manila last week. It’s a great progress for me on the world rankings too. I will try to keep playing good golf,” said the big-hitting Green, who became the first amateur to win on the ADT in 2014.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India, Thai stars Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thongchai Jaidee, Filipino duo Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena are also in the running to tee up for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The International Golf Federation proposed to the IOC of a 72-hole individual stroke play competition for both men and women reflecting leading players’ opinion of the fairest and best way to identify an Olympic champion. In the event of a tie for either first, second or third place, a three-hole playoff will determine the medal winner(s).
The IOC has restricted the IGF to an Olympic field of 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competition. The IGF will utilise the official world golf rankings to create the Olympic golf rankings as a method of determining eligibility.
The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.
For more details on the qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Game, please go to www.igfgolf.org.
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 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.