ADT: Wisut holds firm to stay in the lead at Harvard

Fri 28 Feb 2014

ADT: Wisut holds firm to stay in the lead at Harvard

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Alor Setar, Malaysia, February 28: Overnight leader Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand shot a third round seven-under-par 65 to maintain his lead at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Friday.
Wisut’s highlight of the day was six straight birdies from the eighth hole as he compiled a three-day total score of 17-under-par 199 for a two-shot lead over local hope Nicholas Pua, who also returned with a 65, at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
First round leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden was four shots back from Wisut after signing for a 65 to share third place with Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu, who returned with  67 and 65 respectively, in the season-opening Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Wisut, who traded nine birdies against two bogeys, is not thinking of a victory just yet despite holding a two-shot lead heading into the final round.
“I’m glad I maintained my form. I played consistently and my short game was still as good. I will focus on my game tomorrow and try not to keep thinking about winning. I will definitely do my best and we will see how it goes,” said the 32-year-old.
“The six straight birdies was a pleasant surprise for me. Hopefully I can continue to do the same tomorrow. It’s my first time playing on the ADT this week and I must say the experience has been great so far,” added Wisut.
Local hope Pua received a huge confidence boost after shooting his career’s best result since turning professional in 2007.
“My ball striking was good today and I was lucky enough to sink some crucial putts. I’m extremely happy with how I played today as it’s my best round so far. Hopefully I can finish well tomorrow!” said the 32-year-old, who eagled 18th after putting in from about 15feet with a solid five-wood.
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 third round scores:
199 – Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 69-65-65
201 – Nicholas PUA (MAS) 69-67-65
203 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 66-72-65, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69-69-65, CHAN Shih-Chang (TPE) 69-67-67
205 – Nils FLOREN (SWE) 69-67-69
207 – Zurie HARUN (MAS) 67-70-70
208 – S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 69-69-70, LEE Yi-cheng (TPE) 69-67-72
209 – Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 68-72-69, Shaifubari MUDA (MAS) 70-72-67, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 71-71-67, Arie FAUZI (MAS) 70-70-69, Clarke LUTTON (SCO) 68-72-69, CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 71-68-70, Romain BECHU (FRA) 73-66-70, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 69-69-71
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.