ADT: Thailand's Wisut storms into lead at Harvard

Thu 27 Feb 2014

ADT: Thailand's Wisut storms into lead at Harvard

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Alor Setar, Malaysia, February 27: Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat shot the day’s lowest score of seven-under-par 65 to move atop the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Thursday.
The 32-year-old, who opened his campaign with a 69, got off to a scorching start when he fired one eagle and four birdies to turn in 30. He led the chasing pack by two shots after compiling a two day total of 10-under-par 134 in the season-opening Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Chinese Taipei duo Chan Shih-chang, a one-time winner on the ADT, and Lee Yi-cheng posted matching 67s to share second place on 136 with Nils Floren of Sweden and local hope Nicholas Pua at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
Malaysia’s Zurie Harun signed for a 70 for sixth place while compatriots R. Nachimuthu, Shaaban Hussin and S. Siva Chandhran, the 2010 ADT Order of Merit number one, returned with identical 69s to tie on seventh with overnight leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden, who carded a 72.
Wisut missed out his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School two weeks ago but is hoping to make amends by winning his maiden title on the ADT, which he is playing for the first time this week.
“My short game was very good today and I am pleased with my performance so far. Honestly, I think this is a relatively easy course for me but you really need to stay focused to play well here. Your short game must be good too so I guess it was an advantage for me,” said Wisut.
“I decided to play on the ADT after missing the grade at the Qualifying School because I think it’s a good pathway for me to play my way back into the main Tour. We get to earn Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points too which is good,” added Wisut, who traded one eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys.
Chan, who claimed his breakthrough win on the ADT last September, hailed the ADT as a good platform for him to sharpen his game while he eyes a second win on the burgeoning Tour, which is a pathway to the premier Asian Tour.
“I feel like my game is getting better. I’m in a pretty good form coming into this week. My putting was not at its best but my driving and iron-play were good. My focus for this season is to play well on the ADT and hopefully, I can claim my second win soon,” said the 27-year-old.
The halfway cut was set at even-par with 50 players advancing into the final two rounds.
The winner of this week’s PGM Sime Darby Harvard 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 top five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will secure Asian Tour cards for 2015.
The ADT will continue to offer world ranking points for the second consecutive year. They will be used to determine the field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com .
Leading second round scores:
134 – Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 69-65
136 – CHAN Shih-Chang (TPE) 69-67, LEE Yi-cheng (TPE) 69-67, Nils FLOREN (SWE) 69-67, Nicholas PUA (MAS) 69-67
137 – Zurie HARUN (MAS) 67-70
138 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69-69, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 66-72, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 69-69, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 69-69
139 – Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 73-66, Romain BECHU (FRA) 73-66, CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 71-68
140 – Clarke LUTTON (SCO) 68-72, Arie FAUZI (MAS) 70-70, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-71, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 72-68, Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 68-72, Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 68-72, Tony LAM (MAS) 71-69
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.