Bowen Eyes Entry Into Asian Tour

Thu 21 Feb 2013

Bowen Eyes Entry Into Asian Tour

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Kedah, Malaysia, February 21: James Bowen of the United States continued his good form when he posted a seven-under-par 65 to take a share of the second round lead with Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters on Thursday.
The American posted a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 and is determined to play his way back into the main Tour after missing the cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage last month.
Pavit returned with the day’s lowest score of 63 to move atop the leaderboard after starting the day in tied-fifth while Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien, a one-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner is three shots back in third place on 134.
Malaysia’s S. Siva Chandhran, who won the ADT Order of Merit in 2010, traded seven birdies against one bogey to take equal fourth with Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and Thailand’s Jakraphan Premsirigorn on 135 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event which is held at the Harvard Golf and Country Club this week.
After missing out on the opportunity to earn his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School, Bowen believes the best way to prove himself again would be to excel on the ADT.
“Coming from the States, I heard a lot of good things about the Asian Tour and that’s why I decided to brave the long journey to come out here and compete,” said Bowen.
“I shot rounds of 71 and 76 and missed the cut in Q School. I’m trying to regain my confidence and play my way back into the Asian Tour again. Hopefully my performance over two rounds this week would allow me to do that,” said the American who hit 17 greens in regulation his opening round where he signed for a 66.
Siva is also on a mission of reclaiming his place among the best players on the region’s premier Tour again.
Despite being crowned as the ADT’s best player in 2010, Siva could not carry his best form over to the main Tour.
After winning his second ADT title in Malacca in 2011, he only had one top-10 to show for on the Asian Tour that year.
Siva made two cuts in eight attempts on the Asian Tour in 2012 and lost his card after finishing in 103rd place on the Order of Merit.
“It was a huge setback to have lost my card. I had limited playing opportunities and it was not a nice feeling,” said the Malaysian who was once ranked as the country’s best amateur.
“But today’s performance brought back the confidence and belief that I’m still able to play my best golf. I need such performances to lift my spirits and be in the position to be ranked as one of the best in the game again,” added Siva whose otherwise flawless card was marred by a lone bogey on the par-five three.
Jakraphan made up grounds by moving 34 places up to tied-fourth when he fired a sparkling 64.
Starting the round in tied-38th place, the Thai, who opened with a 71, got off the blocks quickly with a birdie-eagle-bogey in his opening five holes.
He then fired three successive birdies starting from the 16th hole before turning in 31.
Jakraphan continued his birdie blitz on the third hole before dropping two shots on the fourth hole.
He responded well by carding four birdies in his closing five holes to reach home comfortably in 64.
“I started off in the back-nine and had a really solid run there. I was five-under at the turn and was really feeling excited about my game,” said Jakraphan.
“I made a costly error on the fourth hole but was fortunate enough to make five birdies there. I putted really well today and I just can’t wait to go back there again to finish off the last 36 holes,” added the Thai.
The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters is the second event on the ADT to receive world ranking points in the new 2013 season.
Starting in 2013, all events on the burgeoning ADT, which is the secondary circuit of the Asian Tour will receive Official World Golf Ranking points.
These points will be used to determine the field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
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.
Leading second round scores
131 James BOWEN (USA) 66-65, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68- 63
134 HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE) 68-66
135 Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 65-70, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 69-66, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 71-64,
136 Spencer SHISHIDO (USA) 67-69
137 Anthony CHOAT (AUS) 68-69, Akhmal TARMIZEE (MAS) 68- 69, Zurie HARUN (MAS)70-67, Zanie Boy GIALON (PHI) 71-66
138 Clement RAMEAUX (FRA) 70- 68, Shaifubari MUDA (MAS) 65-73, Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 70-68, Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 69- 69, Hafiy SUHAILI (MAS) 69-69, James LAM (PHI) 69-69
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 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.