ADT: Malaysia's Steel levels up with win

Wed 14 Aug 2013

ADT: Malaysia's Steel levels up with win

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Singapore, August 14: Malaysia’s Iain Steel has given himself numerous opportunities after claiming a dramatic win at the US$110,000 Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Sunday.
The 42-year-old took home a winner’s prize purse of US$20,000 which propelled him to fourth place on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$24,217.
Steel also made big strides on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after receiving six points for his victory at the richest event on the ADT schedule this season.
He jumped from 1567th to 741st in the world and became the third best Malaysian in the world behind Nicholas Fung (508th) and Danny Chia (607th).
Steel was delighted with the long-awaited victory which served as a timely confidence boost for his golf game.
“This win means a lot to me. It definitely boosted my confidence, a lot. It took me a while to adjust to playing on the ADT after playing on the Asian Tour earlier for six to seven years as I have to get used to new courses and people but I’m enjoying it now," said Steel.
"The ADT is a great platform for me to compete. I try to make the most out of it and I’m happy that I get opportunities to compete on the ADT,” added the Malaysian, who is one of the most experienced golfers on the Asian Tour.
Steel is thankful for the win as he sees a glimmer of hope in qualifying for the upcoming CIMB Classic and the World Cup of Golf with his improved world ranking.
He will have to continue his good run of form and play well in the upcoming Asian Tour and ADT events to break into the world’s top 340, which is the projected cut for the World Cup. The highest ranked Malaysian in the world will also be exempted into the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.
The Sabahan lost his Asian Tour card in 2011 after struggling with a back injury. He is now determined to redeem himself with a top-three finish on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season which will earn him an Asian Tour card for 2014.
American James Bowen, who has won twice on the ADT this season, currently leads the merit list with total earnings of US$30,725. Should Bowen win again, he will set a new record by becoming the player with the highest earnings compiled in a single season on the ADT.
Canadian Lindsay Renolds and Malaysian Nicholas Fung are ranked second and third respectively while England’s Grant Jackson is ranked fifth on the Order of Merit.
With slightly less than US$7,000 separating leader Bowen from Jackson and four more tournaments left to play this season, the race is still very much alive.
The top five players will resume the Merit race at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) PGM Terengganu Masters which is slated to take place in Malaysia next week.
A total of 14 tournaments have been confirmed this season, which is a record for the ADT since its inauguration in 2010.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Asian Development Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos      Player Earnings                                      (US$)







































































































1James BOWEN (USA)

30,725.52


2Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN)

27,087.29


3Nicholas FUNG (MAS)

24,933.60


4Iain STEEL (MAS)

24,217.53


5Grant JACKSON (ENG)

23,741.40


6Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN)

19,579.38


7Daniel BRINGOLF (AUS)

16,002.52


8James BYRNE (SCO)

15,808.09


9Darren TAN (AUS)

14,046.58


10Wolmer MURILLO (VEN)

11,872.82


11Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA)

10,500.00


12Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE)

9,800.07


13Quincy QUEK (SIN)

9,291.45


14Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA)

9,249.21


15Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA)

9,040.65


16Ian KEENAN (ENG)

8,899.69


17Steve LEWTON (ENG)

7,940.38


18Miguel TABUENA (PHI)

7,442.08


19R. Nachimuthu (MAS)

7,188.47


20Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI)

7,062.25



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.