Bowen Aims for Second Victory

Sat 06 Apr 2013

Bowen Aims for Second Victory

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Kuala Lumpur, April 6: American James Bowen will seek to strengthen his position at the top of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit when he headlines the field at the PGM Maybank Johor Masters next week.
Bowen claimed victory at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters in February to move to the top of the Merit list following the completion of three tournaments on the feeder circuit which is run by the Asian Tour.
Canadian Lindsay Renolds, who is third on the Order of Merit, will also tee up for the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) tournament at the Johor Country Club from April 10-13 along with Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien, winner of the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on the ADT last season, England’s Grant Jackson, Australia’s Michael Moore, Indonesia’s Benny Kasiadi and George Gandranata.
Australia’s Luke Bleumink will defend his title in Johor.
Maybank is title sponsoring the Johor Masters, which is also sanctioned by the PGM Tour, for the first time. Maybank is also a major sponsor on the Asian Tour where it has title sponsored the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open since 2006.
The PGM Maybank Johor Masters will offer another opportunity for Malaysian golfers to earn Official World Golf Ranking points. Since the beginning of 2013, all ADT events receive world ranking points which is a huge boost for the development of the game across the region.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia, who won the previous ADT event at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters last month, moved up 174 spots to 496th position on the world rankings following his victory.
“The world ranking points help us as a player to see how we’ve improved,” said Chia following his wire-to-wire win at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters.
All 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.
The world rankings will be used to determine the 60-man field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. It has been estimated that the top-200 bracket will be the cut-off for players to qualify.
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 Nationwide 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. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.