Lewton closes in on mega events

Tue 07 Oct 2014

Lewton closes in on mega events

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Kuala Lumpur, October 7: Steve Lewton of England put himself in prime position to qualify for the lucrative CIMB Classic in Malaysia and WGC-HSBC Champions in China after winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Sunday.
The Englishman won his first Asian Tour title at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club which earned him US$130,000 and lifted him to fifth position on the Order of Merit with winnings of US$176,784 so far this season.
Lewton will need to maintain his position inside the top-10 on the Order of Merit to earn a berth in the CIMB Classic (October 30 to November 2) and he needs to break inside the top-four by October 20th to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions in China (November 6-9).
It will be a huge career boost for Lewton if he qualifies for both the events which offer a combined prize purse of US$15.5 million. He struggled on the Asian Tour last year but managed to pull through and retain his Asian Tour card for 2014 after finishing 58th on the Order of Merit.
Lewton is also excited to play in the inaugural Dubai Open in December, which will be the final Asian Tour event for 2014.
“I will be aiming to get into the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions as well. It’s always good to get into these big events. I’m looking to play in Dubai as well, last event of the year. I’ve fly through Dubai a lot of times but never been there. It would be good to go there for another event before Christmas,” said Lewton.
“This win means a lot to me. I’m ecstatic. It means I get the chance to get into bigger events now. It just made things a lot easier now,” said the Englishman, who dedicated the win to his late father, Mike, who died from bile cancer in January.
Lewton was the third first-time Asian Tour winners in 2014 after Rashid Khan, winner of the SAIL-SBI Open in March and Richard T. Lee of Canada, who was victorious in the Solaire Open in the Philippines, also in March.
“My main goal this year was to win an event or finish top-10 on the Order of Merit. Although I’m a long way behind my friend David Lipsky now, I would aim to finish in top-five at the end of the season. That would be more realistic,” he explained.
Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna missed out on the opportunity to win his first Asian Tour after finishing second at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. His consolation prize was a cool US$61,750 which placed him firmly in third position on the Order of Merit on US$222,758.
Lascuna, who also stands a chance to be part of the elite field in the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions said, “I am disappointed. I guess I have to work harder for my win. Perhaps I was not lucky enough but overall, I’m still happy with how I played. I’m looking forward to play in the bigger events coming up.”
David Lipsky of the United States, winner of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, maintained his lead on the Order of Merit on US$665,725 while Anirban Lahiri of India trails in second place on US$342,689.
Meanwhile Jason Knutzon (US$184,676) of the United States, Prom Meesawat (US$166,756) of Thailand and Rikard Karlberg (US$160,365) of Sweden are ranked in fourth, sixth and seventh places respectively on the Order of Merit.
The Asian Tour will head to the US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open next week. The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, will be staged at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
For the full Order of Merit listings, click here.
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