ADT: Tan and Airil stay in charge at PGM Terengganu Masters

Thu 22 Aug 2013

ADT: Tan and Airil stay in charge at PGM Terengganu Masters

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Terengganu, Malaysia, August 22: Malaysia's Airil Rizman and Australia's Darren Tan hogged the limelight for the second consecutive round of the PGM Terengganu Masters when they returned with matching four-under-par 67s on Thursday.
The overnight leaders totalled 10-under-par 132 to hold a three-shot lead over Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume, who returned with the day’s lowest score of 66, at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Australia’s Nabil Abdul, England’s Grant Jackson and Rory Hie of Indonesia took a share of fourth place after signing for 69, 67 and 67 respectively at the Awana Kijal Golf & Beach Resort.
Malaysia’s top-ranked golfer Nicholas Fung (70) and compatriot Iain Steel (68) tied for 11th place while ADT Order of Merit leader, James Bowen of the United States, added a 70 to his opening round 72 to make the cut at the PGM Terengganu Masters.
Airil is confident he can win again and is determined to fight his way back into the Asian Tour where he won the Pakistan Open in 2007.
“The win in Pakistan kind of changed my life. It boosted my confidence a lot and I’ve been longing to win again since,” said Airil, who mixed his card with six-birdies against two bogeys.
“I’m happy with how I played and I will stick to the same game plan for the next two rounds. I will try to stay focused and score as low as possible,” added the 35-year-old Malaysian.
Meanwhile Tan, who started playing on the Asian Tour and ADT last year, is hoping for a breakthrough win to make his stay in Asia more memorable and meaningful.
“I’m getting used to playing in Asia especially since I’m based in Kuala Lumpur now. It’s been almost two years and I really enjoy playing here despite the ups and downs in my golf game,” said the 29-year-old.
“I played very steady today. I hope to keep it the same throughout the next two rounds. The ADT is a good stepping stone for me and I’m sure I will be opened to more opportunities if I can clinch a win,” added Tan, who is targeting a top-three finish on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season as that would allow him to earn his Asian Tour card for 2014.
Hashizume credited his solid round to his caddy but played down on his chances of winning.
“I guess I was lucky today and my caddy really helped me a lot. I’m not really confident of winning as my form hasn’t been consistent lately. I will try my best and we will see how things go,” said the Japanese, who clinched his maiden ADT title at the PGM LADA Langkawi Masters in April.
The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 144 with 53 players advancing into the final two rounds.
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.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
132 – Darren TAN (AUS) 65-67, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 65-67
135 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 69-66
136 – Nabil ABDUL (AUS) 67-69, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-67, Rory HIE (INA) 69-67
137 – S. Siva CHANDHRAN (MAS) 68-69, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 69-68, Rufino BAYRON (PHI) 70-67, Man O IM (USA) 69-68
138 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 71-67, Iain STEEL (MAS) 70-68, George GANDRANATA (INA) 67-71
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.