Order of Merit boost for brand new ADT season

Mon 24 Feb 2014

Order of Merit boost for brand new ADT season

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Alor Setar, Malaysia, February 24: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) enters an exciting development this season as it will be rewarding the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights in the 2015 Asian Tour season.
It will be a significant boost for aspiring professionals on the ADT as this is the highest number of Asian Tour cards up for grabs since the fledging Tour was established in 2010. Only the top three players on the final ADT Order of Merit for each season obtained their Asian Tour cards in the past.
Players will be eyeing for flying starts to the season when they tee off at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Wednesday.
The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship will be held at the Harvard Golf and Country Club and will feature a mix of international players from over 19 countries. Players to look out for include past ADT champions, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, England’s Grant Jackson and Japanese Masaru Takahashi.
Kyi Hla Han, Chairman of the Asian Tour, said: “We are looking forward to another good season on the ADT. With the increase in number of Asian Tour cards on offer to top-five on the final ADT Order of Merit, I am sure players will have added motivation to do well.
There are numerous young players from the region who are capable of achieving success and we believe the ADT platform will continue to unearth rising stars of the game.”
Asia’s young guns such as Singaporean Choo Tze Huang, China’s Ye Jian-feng and Malaysia’s Arie Fauzi are in the field this week with the aim of achieving success on the burgeoning ADT.
Other notable names playing at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship include James Byrne of Scotland, Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume and Malaysia’s Danny Chia.
In the 2013 season, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung emerged as the toast when he won the ADT Order of Merit courtesy of one victory and three runner-up finishes to claim top spot with a season’s haul of US$43,998.
Having gained the invaluable experience by playing and winning on the ADT, Fung showed true grit on the region’s premier Tour as well when he finished 36th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit to seal his card for 2014.
His success allowed the next three leading players on the final 2013 ADT Merit list to secure playing rights in the 2014 Asian Tour season.
Working in close partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, a total of 12 PGM events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour.
The winner of the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
Players who played in the 2014 Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand earlier this month are eligible to play on the ADT this season.
The ADT will also continue to offer world ranking points for the second consecutive year. They will be used to determine the field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
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 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. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.