ADT Merit Race Heats Up

Mon 12 Nov 2012

ADT Merit Race Heats Up

November 12: The race for the 2013 Asian Tour cards reaches its peak at the Yeangder ADT in Chinese Taipei next week as the top-seven players on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit headline the season-ending event.

Jay Bayron of the Philippines, who currently leads the Merit list with earnings of US$30,889, is in prime position of finishing in the top-three of the Order of Merit but it is still an open race for the second and third rankings.

Hsu Mong-nan of Chinese Taipei, who has three runner-up finishes on the ADT this year, is currently second with winnings of US$26,950 while Englishman Peter Richardson is third on US$25,121.

A mere US$3,000 separates fourth placed Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei from Richardson while Lindsay Renolds of Canada (US$18,658), Grant Jackson (US$16,987) of England and Ryan Bulloch (US$16,667) of Australia all have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top three of the Order of Merit if they win next week.

The Yeangder ADT offers the highest prize fund of US$120,000 on the schedule this year and will make up a record of 13 ADT events. The event is staged at the National Garden Country Club from November 20 to 23 (Tuesday to Friday).

The ADT has grown from five events since its inauguration in 2010 and has expanded to a record of 13 events this year. The ADT will also be afforded with Official World Golf Ranking status in 2013 which is a huge boost for the development of the game in Asia.

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 Nationwide 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. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.