ADT: O'Toole takes over top spot on Merit rankings

Mon 21 Sep 2015

ADT: O'Toole takes over top spot on Merit rankings

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Sentosa, Singapore, September 21: American Casey O’Toole pipped Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien to the top spot on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit following a runner-up finish at the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship in Malaysia on Saturday.
O’Toole, who has notched eight top-10s so far this season, leads the current Merit rankings after a season’s haul of US$42,404 while Hsieh, a two-time winner on the region’s burgeoning Tour, trails by more than US$3,000 in second place.
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan settled for third place with total earnings of US$34,546 thanks to two victories earlier this season while Sean Riordan of New Zealand and Australian Jake Stirling, both new winners on the ADT, took fourth and fifth places respectively.
O’Toole, who hails from Alabama, is undeniably one of the most consistent players on the ADT, having not missed a single cut in his last 21 starts.
“I had a good finish last week. Danny (Chia) was hard to catch but I tried my best. It sounds nice to be the new Order of Merit leader but I have a long way to go and I want to be leading it when the season ends,” said the 24-year-old American.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese TaipeiDespite falling out of the lead, Hsieh is confident he will have the chance to regain the top spot on the money list with a good showing at this week’s Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship.
Staged on home soil, the US$110,000 ADT event is a tournament which Hsieh has won before in 2012. He had earlier won on the same golf course for his second ADT title in March.
“I know I have fallen out of the Order of Merit lead but I will not think too much about it. I just want to enjoy the game and play my own game. I know if I can play the standard of golf that I want, it will reflect on the results and on the Order of Merit,” said Hsieh.
“It’s good to back at the National Golf and Country Club. Both of my ADT wins were secured here. It definitely brings back a lot of memories for me. I am looking forward to this week. The course is looking good and my game is back in shape as well,” added the 24-year-old Hsieh.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Asian Development Tour Order of Merit (Top-20)
Pos       Player                                                       (USD)
1          Casey O'TOOLE (USA)                            42,402.64
2          HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE)                            39,245.37
3          Arie Irawan (MAS)                                  34,536.07
4          Sean RIORDAN (NZL)                             31,086.94
5          Jake STIRLING (AUS)                              29,225.82
6          Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN)                    28,849.50
7          Nirun SAE-UENG (THA)                          27,642.36
8          CHAN Shih-chang (TPE)                         27,475.67
9          LAM Chih Bing (SIN)                               27,000.73
10        Jordan SHERRATT (AUS)                       24,523.86
11        Panuwat MUENLEK (THA)                    23,956.07
12        Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA)    23,269.62
13        Janne KASKE (FIN)                                   22,166.68
14        Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA)        21,506.98
15        Micah Lauren SHIN (USA)                     21,295.74
16        Blake SNYDER (USA)                              20,549.95
17        Greg MOSS (USA)                                   19,368.98
18        Michael TRAN (VIE)                               18,781.20
19        Wilson CHOO (MAS)                              15,945.36
20        Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA)      15,898.06
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.