ADT: Slimmer Rizal hungry for success

Tue 15 Sep 2015

ADT: Slimmer Rizal hungry for success

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Penang, Malaysia, September 15: Rizal Amin of Malaysia hopes to regain his appetite for success by bouncing back from a poor season when he tees off at the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship which starts on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old has yet to claim a top-10 result in 2015 after struggling to adapt to a new swing change. After enjoying a glimpse of some good form in Thailand last week, Rizal is determined to turn the corner at the RM200,000 (approximately US$50,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Rizal, who won his first ADT title last year, will be joined by countryman Arie Irawan, Casey O’Toole of the United States, Sean Riordan of New Zealand and Masaru Takahashi of Japan at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort.
After losing 25 kilograms thanks to a new healthy lifestyle, a slimmer Rizal plans to return to winning ways at the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship.
“The last nine months have been a bit of a struggle. I haven’t been consistent because of my swing changes and losing weight. I’m doing a lot of adjustments but I started seeing my game turning around at the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation,” said Rizal.
“After losing weight, I have more mobility and flexibility. The swing is different because I can turn more. My stamina is also better. I was very sluggish previously and waking up in the morning was tough. Now I’m not too tired and I wake up easily. I had to cut down on rice and cut drinking soda completely.
The burly Malaysian, who finished tied 45th in Thailand last week, said his game is on the right track. He also believes that he will reap the benefits of working with his coach and former LPGA professional Lim Siew Ai.
“I had a great year last year but it has been a tough ride because of the changes this year. I’ve been trying to stay patient and positive. I need to get my confidence level up and to do that, I need to trust what I’ve been doing with my coach,” Rizal explained.
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
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.