ADT: Riordan in total control in PD

Thu 28 May 2015

ADT: Riordan in total control in PD

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Port Dickson, Malaysia, May 28: New Zealand’s Sean Riordan raced to a three-shot lead over Malaysia’s Airil Rizman and M.Sasidaran by firing a sparkling nine-under-par 62 in the second round of the RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000) PGM Port Dickson Championship on Thursday.
The New Zealander, who is searching for his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title, was in total control as he marked his flawless card with seven birdies and one eagle to lead with his two-day total of nine-under-par 133 at the Port Dickson Golf and Country Club.
Airil, a one-time Asian Tour winner, continued to make headways domestically by returning with a 65 to share second place with Sasidaran on 136 total in what is the 13th leg of this season’s ADT Schedule.
Playing in his first ADT season after missing the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January this year, Riordan’s fortunes changed significantly after an opening 71.
The 26-year-old got off strongly with three birdies in his opening four holes. An eagle-two on the seventh hole followed by birdies on eight and nine then lifted him to the top of the leaderboard where he would continue to cement his position after adding more red numbers on 12 and 18.
“It was a fantastic day although it would have been even better if I got more birdies on the back-nine. But this is a course that really suits my eye. It’s not long and the conditions are ideal.
“Obviously, you get lots of confidence from a solid round like this and hopefully, I can continue to be in the position where I’m right now till the final putt,” said Riordan.
Airil, whose lone success on the Asian Tour came in Pakistan in 2007, is also riding high on confidence after battling his way back into contention.
“It’s always nice to be shooting low scores. It has been eight years since my last victory on the Asian Tour. There have been the ups and downs and today’s one of the highs.
“I’ve been playing lots of local events but I believe it’ll not be too long before I make my return to the Asian Tour,” said Airil.
Sasidaran meanwhile believes he has to stay mentally strong to claim his maiden ADT breakthrough this week.
The Malaysian, who started on the back-nine 10, stumbled early with a bogey on 12 but picked himself up quickly with birdies on 14, 15 and 17. He dropped another shot after the turn on the par-four one but would redeem himself quickly again with four birdies in his last five holes.
“I’ve got to stay patient and not lose my focus easily. Concentration would be the key for me to win this week. I’m making the putts and striking the ball really well. So it’ll all come down to my mental ability,” said Sasidaran.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has already published a provisional 2015 Schedule of a 22 tournaments.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Leading second round scores
133- Sean RIORDAN (NZL) 71-62
136- M. Sasidaran (MAS) 70-66, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 71-65
137- Hans JAMIL (MAS) 70-67
138- Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 70-68, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 68-70, Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 74-64, LAM Kong Loong (MAS) 72-66
139- Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 70-69, Chanat SAKULPOLPHAISAN (THA) 69-70, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 68-71, Solomon Emilio ROSIDIN (MAS) 74-65, Micah Lauren SHIN        (USA) 69-70
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 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.