ADT: Takahashi cruises to victory

Sun 10 Nov 2013

ADT: Takahashi cruises to victory

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Kuala Lumpur, November 10: Masaru Takahashi cruised to his first victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he closed with a two-under-par 69  at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters on Sunday.
Takahashi, only the second Japanese to win on the ADT, defeated Malaysia’s top ranked golfer Nicholas Fung, who shot a 69, by three shots with an 11-under-par 273 total at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan, Ireland’s Niall Turner and Shaaban Hussin of Malaysia shared third on 279 after signing for rounds of 69, 72 and 74 respectively at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East course.
Chinese Taipei’s Lee Cho-chuan returned with the day’s lowest round of 66 to finish sixth while another four players, including first round co-leader Iylia Jamil of Malaysia, were tied at seventh at the penultimate tournament of the 2013 ADT season.
Takahashi, who traded five birdies and three bogey, was delighted to cap a magical week in Malaysia where he won his first career title since turning professional in 2008.
“I’m really very happy with my first ever professional win today. I’ve waited so long for it. My putting was great today and I’ve played very consistently the whole week. The week has been awesome. I hope to claim more wins in future!” said the 27-year-old.
Takahashi took home the winner’s prize purse of US$10,812 and six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. He currently sits in 13th position on the ADT Order of Merit.
Despite missing out on a second ADT win, Fung is glad that a second placed finish this week has propelled him to the top of the ADT Order of Merit where he leads with a season’s haul of US$43,998.
“This is already my third runner-up finish this season but I’m happy with my performance so far. I’m glad to be on top of the merit list now. Hopefully I can maintain my good form till the end of the season. Takahashi is a good player. He started a bit nervous but he became calmer towards the end,” said the 23-year-old Sabahan.
Koh received a great confidence boost as he claimed his best finish on the ADT this season.
“I didn’t start well today but I told myself to keep calm. The weather was good today despite the slight drizzle in the morning. Overall, I played well this week and I’m happy with my performance,” said the Singaporean.
The top three players at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year. 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 ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. It has proven to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
The PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters is co-sanctioned by the ADT and PGM Tour. It is the 15th and penultimate leg of the season, with details of the season-ending tournament to be announced in due course.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading final round scores:
273 – Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 66-70-68-69
276 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 69-71-67-69
279 – KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 71-66-73-69, Niall TURNER (IRE) 68-67-72-72, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 69-69-67-74
282 – LEE Cho-chuan (TWN) 68-73-75-66
284 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 75-72-69-68, Wittawat SAE-UNG (THA) 73-70-73-68, Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 66-74-74-70, Somsak KAOPRATUM (THA) 70-74-69-71
285 – James BYRNE (SCO) 74-74-68-69, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-73-72-72, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 73-70-70-72
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 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.