ADT: Salvador ready to defend title

Tue 23 Jul 2013

ADT: Salvador ready to defend title

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Cebu, Philippines, July 23: Elmer Salvador of the Philippines is ready to defend his title at the Aboitiz Invitational which gets underway on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old dominated the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event last year when he defeated compatriot Antonio Lascuna by six shots at the Cebu Country Club. With his game in good shape, he is confident of securing a repeat victory in the US$65,000 event, which is the eighth leg on the ADT schedule this season.
Salvador will lead a strong line-up of local talents who includes Jay Bayron, winner of the inaugural Aboitiz Invitational in 2011 and last year’s ADT Order of Merit champion, three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, Tony Lascuna, Mars Pucay and rising star Miguel Tabuena.
The third edition of the Aboitiz Invitational will also feature a host of past ADT winners which includes American James Bowen and Brian Locke, England’s Grant Jackson and Peter Richardson, as well as Japanese Mitsuhiko Hashizume.
Bowen will pose as Salvador’s biggest threat as he secured his second ADT title of the season with a comfortable victory at the inaugural Jakarta Classic last weekend which shot him up to the top of the Order of Merit.
However, Salvador is feeling upbeat about his chances of becoming the first player to successfully defend his title on the ADT, which is a feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
“The course was kind of wet today but overall, it’s in a good shape. I am very happy with my current form and I feel confident about my game. I will try my very best to play well this week,” said Salvador.
“Last year’s win was indeed a memorable one. It gave me a lot of confidence. I remembered shooting even-par to win last year. My driving was horrible and I hooked a lot of tee shots then. Luckily, my putting and short game guided me to victory,” he added.
Bowen will be hoping to extend his winning run after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Chang Shih-chang by two shots in Jakarta.
“Last week’s victory was a great accomplishment for me. It really means a great deal. I had a great boost in confidence and I’m very excited about the remainder of the season. It would be great if I can win again before the season ends,” said the 27-year-old, who currently tops the ADT Order of Merit with total earnings of US$29,290.
Should Bowen wins again this week, he will take home the top purse of US$11,375 and set a new record by becoming the player with the highest earnings compiled in a season on the ADT since the burgeoning tour inaugurated in 2010.
Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Created along the lines of the European Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour in the United States, the ADT will reward the top-three players on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for the following year.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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.