Outside the ropes: Blyth dons a different set of gloves

Fri 19 Apr 2013

Outside the ropes: Blyth dons a different set of gloves

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April 19: Adam Blyth has endured many ‘punches’ in his professional career on the Asian Tour but he is determined to land that knockout blow for a first victory on the region’s premier Tour.
Blyth, who is a big boxing fan, made his Asian Tour debut in 2005 and kept his card for six seasons before trying his luck on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.
He regained playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2012 through the Qualifying School but was bogged down by illness as he ended the year in 65th position on the Order of Merit, four ranks above the cut-off point to retain a Tour card for 2013.
“I had a great year in America but last year was a bit inconsistent. I was unwell a lot last year with tonsils. I had to take eight weeks off at the start of the year to get my tonsils out and that kind of halted the start of this year.
“But I’m feeling fresh and feeling good now so hopefully I can start getting some results,” said Blyth, who will play in minimal Asian Tour events this season.20130410_152426
Prior to the start of the inaugural Solaire Open, Blyth’s stamina was put to the test when he went through a boxing training regime as part of the Asian Tour Golf Show.
“I think the best stuff around this boxing fitness is that it really keeps you working hard. It trains your muscles and also cardio so it is a great workout,” said Blyth.
“It also helps with concentration coordination and discipline, which are all vital to the success on the golf course,” he added.
Blyth was ‘bruised’ when he lost in a three-way play-off at the Myanmar Open to countryman Kieran Pratt last year, but he enjoys every bit of his professional career which allows him to travel and meet people such as Manny Pacquiao and Miss Philippines Queeny Rehman.
“I think we get wrapped up a bit too much sometimes where results on the golf course can hurt you. But you got to understand that we are here playing golf for a living. It is a pretty good life,” he smiled.
You can watch the full interview with Blyth on the Asian Tour Golf Show. Local listings can be found here.
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