Sime Darby Harvard Masters Add Shine To ADT

Tue 19 Feb 2013

Sime Darby Harvard Masters Add Shine To ADT

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Kedah, Malaysia, February 19: The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters will continue to add to the gloss that the Asian Development Tour (ADT) has enjoyed since the start of the year when the RM200, 000 (approximately US$65,000) event tees off on Wednesday.
The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters is the second event on the ADT to receive world ranking points this season and will feature one-time ADT winner Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, Singapore’s M.Murugiah and local hopeful S. Siva Chandhran, won topped the ADT Order of Merit in 2010.
Ireland’s Niall Turner, Korea’s Park Jin-woo, Sweden’s Nils Floren and Australia’s Gavin Flint, Flint, a former Asian Tour regular and winner of the 2010 Air Bagan Myanmar Masters, are also part of the international field that will feature at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters.
Sanctioned with the PGM Tour, the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters will continue the ADT Order of Merit race where the top three players at the end of the season will earn their Asian Tour cards for 2014.
Siva, who was once ranked Malaysia’s number one amateur, is eager to regain his zip in form when he tees off at the Harvard Golf and Country Club this week.
The Malaysian lost his card on the main Tour after he finished in 103rd place on the Order of Merit and will be looking for a performance that can salvage some lost pride and regain his place on the region’s premier Tour.
A strong advocate of local golf development in Singapore, Murugiah will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against his younger rivals in the game.
The Singaporean, who is also the president of the Singapore Professional Golfers’ Association, will be 49 years old this year and a good result will show that he can win in his 40s, much like his compatriot Mardan Mamat, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
Starting in 2013, all events on the burgeoning Asian Development Tour (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.
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About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.