Tenacious trio head to PGM LADA Langkawi Masters

Sat 20 Apr 2013

Tenacious trio head to PGM LADA Langkawi Masters

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Kedah, Malaysia, April 20: The top-three players on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit led by James Bowen of the United States will make their way to the PGM LADA Langkawi Masters next week.
Englishman Grant Jackson, who won his first ADT title last week, and James Byrne of Scotland, winner of the ADT’s season-opening PGM CCM Rahman Putra Masters, will challenge for honours at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event.
Singaporean Quincy Quek, Chiang Chen-chih of Chinese Taipei and Lindsay Renolds of Canada will also feature in the event staged from April 25 to 28 at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort on the holiday isle of Langkawi.
Byrne, currently third on the Order of Merit, will make a return to the burgeoning Tour since winning his first ADT title in February. He is determined to cement his position on the Merit list as the top three players at the end of the season earn playing rights for the 2014 Asian Tour season.
The former Walker Cup star is playing in his second year in Asia and was delighted to earn six Official World Golf Ranking points when he won on the ADT earlier this year.
“That’s a great thing (Official World Golf Ranking status for the ADT) for Asian golf. To get that status shows that the ADT is a proper development Tour,” said the 24-year-old former Walker Cup star.
Jackson of England is on a mission to win back-to-back titles after clinching his first ADT title at the PGM Johor Masters last week, thanks to a change in putter.
“Winning meant everything to me. It's the only reason why I'm playing on the ADT as I want to try to finish top-three (on the Order of Merit to get the Asian Tour card,” said Jackson.
The PGM LADA Langkawi Masters is jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour and will offer Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to select players for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
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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 Nationwide 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. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.