ADT: Tam aims to shine at PGM Terengganu Championship

Wed 13 Aug 2014

ADT: Tam aims to shine at PGM Terengganu Championship

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Terengganu, Malaysia, August 13: Freshman Abel Tam of Malaysia will be looking for a breakthrough on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he tees off at the PGM Terengganu Championship on home soil this Thursday.
Tam, who turned professional earlier this year, will be part of the home charge alongside reigning Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung, one-time Asian Tour winner Ben Leong and young talent Arie Irawan at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event, which is returning to the Resorts World Kijal from August 14 to 17.
An international cast of talents from over 16 countries, including past ADT winners Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, American Brett Munson and Grant Jackson of England will also converge at the PGM Terengganu Championship, which is the 12th leg on the ADT schedule this season.
After missing out on the opportunity to earn an Asian Tour card in his first attempt at the Qualifying School in February, Tam believes the best way to prove himself again would be to excel on the ADT and work his way to the premier Asian Tour.
“The season has been pretty decent for me so far. I started pretty well in a few of the events actually but struggled to finish strong. I am confident of doing better but I know it takes time.
“Playing on the ADT gives me the opportunities to play competitively at a higher level. It is like a stepping stone to get on the Asian Tour. I gained a lot of experiences too,” said Tam, who has made four cuts in five starts this season.
The 22-year-old Tam, who has garnered much attention since his amateur days, admits that he has faced some challenges since joining the play-for-pay ranks earlier this year. However, Tam remains optimistic about his game.
“I think my biggest challenge is staying focused out there. I need to work on my mental game as well. Sometimes I gave myself too much expectation and that worked against me. I'm playing a lot more now as compared to the time when I was still an amateur. Managing fatigue and fitness have been a lot tougher as compared to the past,” said Tam.
“My golf's been pretty consistent so far this year. I'm looking forward to playing in Terengganu this week. I won't expect too much of myself because I just want to enjoy myself out there. Right now, I will just focus on my game event by event, day by day and shot by shot. I still have a lot to learn,” added Tam.
Working in close partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, a total of 12 PGM events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour.
The winner of the PGM Terengganu Championship will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
The ADT is celebrating its fifth season where it has grown immensely from five events in the first year in 2010 to a record 20 tournaments in 2014.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season and also continue to offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
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.