ADT: Tour dream to continue at Rahman Putra

Sat 06 Jun 2015

ADT: Tour dream to continue at Rahman Putra

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Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia, June 6: Asian Development Tour (ADT) aspirants will continue their Merit chase when they step up to the tee at the PGM Rahman Putra Championship next week.
Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, New Zealander Sean Riordan and American Casey O’toole, who sit inside top-five on the Merit rankings, will headline the RM250,000 (approx. US$69,250) event held at the Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia from June 10 to 13.
Janne Kaske of Finland, James Byrne of Scotland, American Brett Munson, Niall Turner of Ireland, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand, all winners on the ADT, will make up a truly cosmopolitan field of players from over 24 countries.
Other notable players include Canadian Lindsay Renolds, 2013 Order of Merit champion and Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, American Micah Lauren Shin and Australian Jack Munro.
Kaske, who claimed his first ADT win in Malaysia last month and finished fifth on the Asian Tour in Bangladesh last week, will take another shot at glory when he returns to Malaysia for the PGM Rahman Putra Championship.
“I’ve been playing well the whole season and my win last month got me closer to the top five on the money list. That’s been my goal the whole year. That victory will go a long way in achieving my goal. I was struggling with my putter earlier on but it seems to be working well again,” said the 29-year-old Kaske.
With the burgeoning Tour heading into the all-important second half of the season next week, players will have everything to play for as they vie for chances to boost their Merit rankings. The top-five players on the final Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2016.
The PGM Rahman Putra Championship will also provide the region’s talented players with another opportunity to improve their world rankings as all ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
The winner of the PGM Rahman Putra Championship will take home a prize purse of US$12,118 and receive six OWGR points while the top six players. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 22 tournaments this season.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning OWGR points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
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.