ADT: Salah aims for back-to-back wins

Tue 02 Feb 2016

ADT: Salah aims for back-to-back wins

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Kuala Lumpur, February 2: Josh Salah believes he can emulate the success of reigning Order of Merit winner Casey O’Toole when he challenges for a second straight win at the PGM UMW Championship which gets underway on Wednesday.
After winning his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Malaysia last week, the in-form Salah hopes to continue the momentum at the Templer Park Country Club.
He will feature in the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) ADT event alongside Poom Saksansin of Thailand, Janne Kaske of Finland, James Byrne of Scotland and Filipino Rufino Bayron, who are all champions on the fledging Tour.
Newly turned professional Low Khai Jei will make up the strong local cast who include Shaaban Hussin, Airil Rizman, R. Nachimuthu, Rizal Amin, Kenneth De Silva and Hans Jamil in the fourth stop on the ADT Schedule.
Playing in his second season on the ADT, Salah is brimming with confidence after claiming his first win in Asia at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of O’Toole, who enjoyed a stellar 2015 ADT season.
“The win gives me a lot of confidence and it showed that I belong out here. Casey (O’Toole) was my roommate last year and he sort of took me under his wing. I saw how well he played he gave me that motivation to make the next step,” said Salah.
“He had a very similar first year to what I had but I saw last year he was more comfortable and he knew he was good enough. I saw it in him and this year I hope to be much better and more confident,” he added.
The 24-year-old Salah missed the grade at the Qualifying School last month but he hopes to make amends by earning an Asian Tour card for 2017 through the ADT, which affords the top-five players at the end of the season with playing rights on the region’s premier Tour.
“Last year I struggled a little bit but as the year got on, I felt more comfortable. I played week after week and felt that I was good enough and that I belonged here. I was disappointed with the Qualifying School result but I knew I had what it takes to win out here. I couldn’t have done it without last year’s experience on the ADT,” said Salah.
With the Olympic Games looming this July 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
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.