ADT: Fit Itthipat aims to tighten Merit grip

Tue 22 Mar 2016

ADT: Fit Itthipat aims to tighten Merit grip

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Langkawi, Malaysia, March 22: Young talent Itthipat Buranatanyarat will aim to tighten his grip on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit by putting on a commendable performance at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship starting Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Thai, who claimed his second ADT victory at the season-opening Players’ Championship in Singapore two months ago, leads second-placed Shunya Takeyasu of Japan by a mere US$2,468 in the race to become the new ADT Order of Merit champion.
Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand
There will be plenty to shoot for when the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event gets underway at the Gunung Raya Golf Resorts as players get another opportunity to earn Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which is key to qualify for the Olympic Games this August.
Itthipat, playing in only his third ADT event this season, hopes he will be rewarded with a third ADT title after improving on his fitness.
“I have been working a lot on my fitness for the past three weeks. It is important to keep your body strength at a certain level when you play tournaments. This is my first time going to Langkawi and I am very excited!
“Winning the Players’ Championship in Singapore definitely boosted my confidence. Now that I am in a favourable position on the Merit rankings, the aim is also to win the Order of Merit at the end of the season. That is why I have been training hard on my fitness,” said Itthipat.
Itthipat will contend for the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship alongside compatriot Nirun Sae-ueng and American duo Josh Salah and John Michael O’Toole, who secured his breakthrough ADT victory in Malaysia a fortnight ago.
They will face off against a strong local challenge spearheaded by two-time Asian Tour winner Danny Chia, 2013 ADT Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung, Gavin Green, Ben Leong and Wilson Choo, who won the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship last year.
The PGM LADA Langkawi Championship, jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, is the seventh leg of the 2016 ADT season and also the Tour’s sixth stop in Malaysia this season.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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 five 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.