ADT: Shaaban takes early honours at PGM-UMW Sabah Classic

Wed 04 Sep 2013

ADT: Shaaban takes early honours at PGM-UMW Sabah Classic

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Sabah, Malaysia, September 4: Local star Shaaban Hussin got off to a good start when he fired an opening round five-under-par 67 to lead at the PGM-UMW Sabah Classic on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old opened his campaign strongly by marking his card with seven birdies against two bogeys for a two-shot lead over compatriot M. Sasidaran at the RM180,000 (approximately US$60,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Malaysia’s top-ranked golfer Nicholas Fung, Chien Tan and Peter Richardson of England, who earned his 2013 Asian Tour card through the ADT last year, shared third place after signing for matching 70s at the Sabah Golf and Country Club.
Current ADT Order of Merit leader, Iain Steel of Malaysia, carded a 71 for tied sixth with James Bowen and Gary Knight of the United States, Australian Darren Tan, Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela and Malaysians Airil Rizman, Faridil Atras, Amli Mohiyadeen and Sukree Othman.
Shaaban credited his hot putter for the lead as he bids for a first ADT victory at the PGM-UMW Sabah Classic.
“I putted well and made a couple of birdies. I’m happy with how I played so far. Hopefully, I can do the same tomorrow. I just hope to stick to my own game plans and not think too much,” said Shaaban, who finished tied fifth at the PGM Terengganu Masters two weeks ago.
Meanwhile Sasidaran was delighted with his flawless round which was highlighted by three birdies on holes one, four and 13.
“I played well.  I’m happy with my current form. I think it’s getting better. I will try to play better tomorrow. Hopefully I can produce another solid round,” added the 36-year-old Sasidaran.
The top three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for the following year.
All ADT events 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.
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.
The PGM-UMW Sabah Classic is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading first round scores:
67 – Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS)
69 – M. Sasidaran (MAS)
70 – Chien TAN (MAS), Nicholas FUNG (MAS), Peter RICHARDSON (ENG)
71 – Gary KNIGHT (USA), Faridil ATRAS (MAS), James BOWEN (USA), Amli MOHIYADEEN (MAS), Iain STEEL (MAS), Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS), Sukree OTHMAN (MAS), Wolmer MURILLO (VEN), Darren TAN (AUS)
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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.