ADT: Title holder Chia fights back

Fri 13 May 2016

ADT: Title holder Chia fights back

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Pulau Pinang, May 13: Malaysian ace Danny Chia stayed on track to a successful title defence when he fired a seven-under-par 65 to grab the third round lead at the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship on Friday.
Chia, a three-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), birdied three of his closing four holes to lead on 13-under-par 203 at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resorts.
Overnight leader Gavin Green (70) of Malaysia, who is searching for a third ADT title which will automatically afford him with playing rights on the 2016 Asian Tour Schedule, was a further shot back in second place alongside Johannes Veerman (66) of the United States.
Ben Leong of Malaysia posted a 70 to occupy fourth place on 206 while Josh Salah of the United States sits in fifth position, four shots off the pace, at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,000) event.
Chia put himself in prime position to retain his title at the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship after trading eight birdies against one bogey. He dominated the event last year when he cruised to a six-shot victory thanks to a final round 65.
“I played nicely to take the lead and I’m quite proud with how I played today. I’ve been travelling a lot lately and last week I felt some stiffness in my neck. I’ve been taking it easy so it is nice to be contending again,” said Chia.
“I won last year so this is a golf course which suits my eye. I remembered I shot a low round on the last day so it will be great to do the same tomorrow!” he added.
Chia hopes to erase his defeat at the PGM Palm Resort Championship two weeks ago where he was defeated by Thailand’s Sutijet Kooratanapisan who edged the Malaysian by one-shot after firing a sublime 60 on the last day.
“Two weeks ago, I lost to a player who shot a 60 so it shows how much talent we have on the ADT. It is still an open race to the title so I’ll focus on my game,” said Chia.
The ADT, which was inaugurated in 2010 as the gateway to the premier Asian Tour, will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Like all other ADT events, the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship will offer OWGR points, which will be key for players vying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Leading third round scores:
203 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 71 67 65
204 - Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 68 70 66, Gavin GREEN (MAS) 67 67 70
206 - Ben LEONG (MAS) 67 69 70
207 - Josh SALAH (USA) 67 74 66
208 - Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 67 72 69, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 74 67 67
209 - Baxter REEVES (USA) 71 67 71, LOW Khai Jei (MAS) 67 70 72
210 - Johnson POH (SIN) 72 70 68, Lexus KEONINH (USA) 69 73 68
211 - KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 68 72 71, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 73 67 71, Tawit POLTHAI (THA) 71 69 71, James BYRNE (SCO) 73 68 70, David GLEESON (AUS) 72 71 68, Feroz Singh GAREWAL (IND) 68 70 73, Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 71 71 69
212 - KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 71 68 73, Nick SHERWOOD (USA) 70 69 73, Chanat SAKULPOLPHAISAN (THA) 74 69 69, Christopher CANNON (ENG) 74 68 70, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69 72 71, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 71 65 76
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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 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 five 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.