ADT: Lin cruises to six-shot victory at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

Sun 03 Aug 2014

ADT: Lin cruises to six-shot victory at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Aug 3:  Local hero Lin Wen-tang cruised to a six-shot victory when he closed with a four-under-par 68 to win the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Sunday for the second time in his career.
lin wen tang 4Lin, who won the event in 2010, shot five birdies against one bogey for a winning total of 21-under-par 267 in the US$110,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is the 11th stop on the burgeoning Tour this season.
ADT Order of Merit leader Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei battled to a 68 to share second place with Nils Floren of Sweden, who marked his best finish this season, at the Ta Kang Shan Golf Course.
Local talent Hung Chien-yao settled for fourth place after registering a 66 to cap his best round of the week while American Brett Munson, Filipino Carl Santos-Ocampo, England’s Grant Jackson and Niall Turner of Ireland posted a 68, 68, 70 and 69 respectively to share fifth.
Lin’s overnight six-shot lead was never threatened even when he bogeyed the last hole after marking his card with five birdies.
“I was very confident of winning after securing a six-shot lead heading into the last round. I stayed calm and played consistently out there. To be honest, I was quite tired towards the end and I kind of loosen up a little because I knew I was going to win. That explains the bogey on the last hole!” said the cheerful 40-year-old Lin.
Lin is one of the most successful players from Chinese Taipei, having won six Asian Tour titles and two ADT events. He will take home a winner’s prize purse of US$20,000 and six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points for his win this week.
“I love the competitiveness out here and I guess that’s what drives me to do well. This is my second victory this year. I’m very happy to still be able to win at 40 years old. I think I can still be competitive for a while more!” Lin laughed.
Despite missing out on a fifth ADT victory, Chan was delighted to extend his lead atop the Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$66,991.
“I tried my best. I can’t complain. I’m happy to see Lin winning the tournament and keeping the trophy at home. My woods and irons were not so good this week. I’ll have to fine-tune my game a little over the next few weeks,” said Chan, who set a new record on the ADT after claiming an unprecedented fourth title on home soil last week.
The ADT was launched with five tournaments in 2010 before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and a record 20 tournaments in the 2014 season.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season and also continue to offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

Leading fourth round scores:
267 – LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 68-64-67-68
273 – Nils FLOREN (SWE) 70-71-65-67, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 68-68-69-68
274 – HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 72-69-67-66
275 – Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67-69-68, Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI) 70-70-67-68, Niall TURNER (IRE) 68-69-69-69, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 67-68-70-70
276 – LU Wen-teh (TPE) 69-70-71-66, George GANDRANATA (INA) 73-67-69-67, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 66-70-69-71, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 67-70-68-71
277 – SUNG Mao-chang (TPE) 69-69-71-68, HSIEH Tung-hung (TPE) 71-67-69-70, Huang Tung-liang (TPE) 66-69-71-71
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.