Bowen Revels In Malaysian Delight

Sat 23 Feb 2013

Bowen Revels In Malaysian Delight

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Kedah, Malaysia, February 23: James Bowen of the United States savoured a memorable week when he closed with a one-under-par 71 to claim his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) breakthrough at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters on Saturday.
Victory, which came courtesy of his four-day total of 18-under-par 270, was especially sweet for Bowen as he had earlier suffered the agony of missing the cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage last month.
It was a four-way tie for second place after Thailand’s Wasin Sripattranusorn, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Jakraphan Premsirigorn and Canada’s Lindsay Renolds closed their campaigns with matching 274s at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event which was staged at the Harvard Golf and Country Club this week.
Bowen has been in commanding form all week. Since taking over the lead after the second round, the American was a figure of consistency as he was determined to erase the heartbreak of last month where he slipped up and lost his chance to earn his Tour card on the region’s premier Tour.
“This is my first professional win since I turned pro in 2008. It’s definitely a great confidence builder and made up for my disappointment of missing out on my Asian Tour card at Qualifying School,” said Bowen.
“I have a chance of playing my way into the Asian Tour again and I’m looking forward to more wins on the ADT,” said the American.
The top three players at the end of the ADT season will earn their Asian Tour cards for 2014.
Bowen’s final day’s score card was marked by three birdies and two bogeys. It was however his second round performance that gave the American the most satisfaction.
“The turning point this week was my second round. I played really well then. My only mistake was a double-bogey on the fourth hole but apart from that, I was on fire. That helped my confidence a lot and started the momentum for me,” said Bowen.
Despite missing out on his win, Wasin remained optimistic that he can lift his maiden title, judging from his performances this week.
“I played well all-week but if I’ve to put down one mistake on the final day, it would be my putting. It was not very good today. But overall I’ve no complaints and if I continue playing this way, I’ll be able to win one day,” said Wasin.
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 final round scores
270 James BOWEN (USA) 66-65-68-71
274 Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 70-68-68-68, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 65-70-69-70, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-63-72-71, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 71-64-66-73
276 Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 70-69-68-, Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA) 69-69-66-72
277 Shaifubari MUDA (MAL) 65-73-70-69
278 Grant JACKSON (ENG) 68-71-72-67, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 71-70-70-67, Darren TAN (AUS) 73-70-66-69, S. Siva Chandhran (MAL) 69-66-71-72
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.