Linkou, Chinese Taipei, July 4: Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien hopes to turn the corner at the US$150,000 Charming Yeangder ADT, which gets underway at the Linkou International Golf Club on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Hsieh has endured a lacklustre season, making only one cut in six starts so far on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), where he sits in 93rd position on the current Order of Merit.
With the Charming Yeangder ADT being one of the richest events on the region’s secondary circuit this season, Hsieh will have everything to play for when he tees off for the event, which he had won in 2015.
“It’s going to be a challenging week ahead. The weather is really hot and the greens are difficult. Whoever putts well this week will have a good chance of winning the event. I will do my best. Hopefully I can cap a good result.
“I haven’t played well at all this year. I don’t understand why because I have played well during my practices. I just can’t seem to score when the tournament starts. I haven’t really found the reason to it. This week, I will just aim to make the cut first,” said Hsieh.
Despite struggling to hit top form, Hsieh knows fully well that patience will be the key should he wish to turn his season around.
“I will try not to give myself too much pressure. It’s nice to be playing on home soil. I will treat it like any other tournaments, play down on my expectations, stay focused on my game and just play shot by shot,” Hsieh added.
Hsieh, who turned professional in 2011, has been honing his skills on the ADT since 2012, the year he claimed his breakthrough win. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2015, finishing second on the Order of Merit to earn his Asian Tour card for 2016.
Hsieh will feature in the Charming Yeangder ADT alongside 34 other ADT champions, which include Order of Merit leader Pannakorn Uthaipas, defending champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert and last week’s winner Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, all of Thailand.
Tirawat will aim to ride on his soaring confidence and challenge for a back-to-back win, which will boost his Order of Merit ranking and tighten his grip on one of the five Asian Tour cards on offer this season.
“I am feeling really confident with my game right now. I didn’t expect to win last week but I did. I am in a good position to secure my Asian Tour card now so I will continue to do my best. A good showing this week will boost my ranking and put me on the safely in top-five till the end of the year,” said the 27-year-old Thai.
Asian Tour stalwart Lin Wen-tang, who came in runner-up in the last edition of the Charming Yeangder ADT, will spearhead the local charge alongside fellow Asian Tour winner Lu Wei-chih and talented young guns Hung Chien-yao and Lee Chieh-po.
Players will benefit from one of the biggest prize funds on offer at the Charming Yeangder ADT which is sure to prove crucial for players hoping to earn graduation to the Asian Tour at the end of the season.
Like previous years, the top-five finishers on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour in 2018. The winner of the fourth edition of the Charming Yeangder ADT will take home a prize purse of US$26,250.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the event will also receive Official World Golf Ranking status, with the winner receiving a minimum of six points and the top-six players and ties earning points on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About 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.