ADT: Tenacious duo set for Merit crown battle

Mon 03 Nov 2014

ADT: Tenacious duo set for Merit crown battle

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Malaysia, November 3: Asian Development Tour (ADT) hotshots Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang will be vying for the top spot on the Order of Merit when they tee off at the PGM UMW Impian Championship on Wednesday.
Pavit, who leads the current merit rankings with a season’s haul of US$68,428, became the second player following Chan to receive playing rights for the remainder of the 2014 Asian Tour season when he claimed his fourth ADT victory at the 15th Chang Hwa Open last month.
Chan, who also recorded four ADT wins in total, trails Pavit by a mere US$1,437 in second place on the merit rankings. The duo will battle it out when they head to the Impian Golf and Country Club for the penultimate tournament of the 2014 ADT season this week.
While the fight for the ADT Order of Merit crown heats up in the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) event, the spotlight will also fall on players battling to finish inside the top-five on the money list so as to obtain their Asian Tour cards for the 2015 season.
American Brett Munson and two-time ADT winner Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, ranked fourth and fifth respectively on the Order of Merit will also be part of the elite field vying for top honours at the PGM UMW Impian Championship, which is the 20th leg on the ADT schedule this season.
Asian Tour stalwart Danny China will spearhead the local charge alongside Arie Irawan, placed sixth on the Order of Merit, Shaaban Hussin and S. Siva Chandhran, who was the first Order of Merit winner on the ADT which was inaugurated as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour in 2010.
Other notable players include Nils Floren of Sweden, Grant Jackson of England, James Byrne of Scotland, Canadian Lindsay Renolds and China’s Ye Jian-feng, who inked his place in the record books by being the youngest ever player to compete in an Asian Tour event when he teed up in the 2004 Sanya Open in China as a 13-year-old.
Pavit has enjoyed a glorious run of form since claiming his second ADT victory at the PGM Terengganu Championship in August. He went on to win the PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship in September and the 15th ADT Changhwa Open in October before recording another victory on his domestic Tour on Sunday.
The talented Thai hopes to leverage on his recent good run of form as he seeks to seal the Order of Merit crown with another worthy performance this week.
“I’ve had a very good season. My aim is to win the ADT Order of Merit now. I’ve been playing good golf so hopefully I can keep it up this week. I will just continue to do what I’ve been doing and enjoy my game out there,” said the 25-year-old Pavit.
Chan, who won his fourth ADT title at the Taifong Open on home soil in July, is determined to take another shot at glory as he aims to regain the top spot on the money list.
Chan had produced some encouraging results since stepping up onto the region’s premier Tour where he made three cuts in his last five Asian Tour events and marked his best result of a tied-15th finish at the Venetian Macau Open two weeks ago.
“It’s been a good experience playing in the last couple of events on the Asian Tour. I try to treat it like I’m playing on the ADT. I just want to go out there and play my best. I guess it will prepare me well for next year when I play on the Asian Tour. I want to challenge for the Order of Merit crown again so hopefully I can get a good result this week,” said the 28-year-old Chan.
The ADT was launched by the Asian Tour in 2010 with five tournaments and grew to 16 events in 2013, and currently stands at 21 events for the 2014 season. Since last year, all ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points which is tremendous for the development of the game across the region.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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 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.