Bowen Remains On Top

Fri 22 Feb 2013

Bowen Remains On Top

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Kedah, Malaysia, February 22: James Bowen of the United States cemented his lead atop the leaderboard when he carded a four-under-par 68 to secure the third round lead at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters on Friday.
The American posted a three-day total of 17-under-par 199 to take a two-shot lead over Thailand’s Jakraphan Premsirigorn who returned with a 66 to take second place at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, who shared the second round lead with Bowen, slipped two places down to third after he signed for a 72 at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
Bowen, who missed out on the opportunity to earn his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School last month, remained on course to seal his maiden ADT breakthrough and potentially a spot on the region’s premier Tour.
The top three players at the end of the ADT season will earn their Asian Tour cards for 2014.
“I played solid golf all day and I’m pleased with how things are going for me. I just need to maintain my focus for the last 18 holes and hopefully, it’ll be enough for me to seal a win this week,” said Bowen.
Bowen started his round strongly by carding two birdies in his opening three holes. He dropped two shots on the fourth and fifth holes but managed to recover quickly by making further birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.
The American bogeyed the 12th but stormed home with three birdies on holes 13, 15 and 18.
Meanwhile Jakraphan remains hopeful that he can make a final day charge and seal a memorable win in his ADT debut.
“This is the first time I’m playing in the ADT and I really want to do well,” said Jakraphan, who mixed his card with three bogeys, seven birdies and an eagle.
“I’m only two shots back and anything can happen in golf. Hopefully, I can play well and luck is on my side tomorrow,” 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 third round scores
199 James BOWEN (USA) 66-65-68
201 Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 71-64-66
203 Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-63-72
204 Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 69-69-66, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 65-70-69
206 Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 70-68-68, Zanie Boy GIALON (PHI)71-66-69, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS)69-66-71, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 70-69-68, Akhmal TARMIZEE (MAS) 68-69-70, HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE) 68-66-73
207 Shaifubari MUDA (MAS) 65-73-70
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.