Linkou, Chinese Taipei, July 5: Local hero Lin Wen-tang will be aiming to complete some ‘unfinished business’ at the Linkou International Golf Club when he tees off for the Charming Yeangder ADT on Thursday.
The 43-year-old Lin battled into contention in the last edition of the Charming Yeangder ADT but settled for a runner-up finish after defending champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand beat him on the fourth play-off hole.
Lin, a six-time Asian Tour winner and two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner, will renew his friendly rivalry with the younger Pavit, albeit on a different course, at the US$150,000 event, one of the richest events on the ADT schedule.
Lin will spearhead the home charge alongside Asian Tour winner Lu Wei-chih, 2015 Charming Yeangder ADT champion Hsieh Chi-hsien, Chan Yih-shin, Yeh Wei-tze, Lee Chieh-po and Hung Chien-yao in what is the ADT’s second stop in Chinese Taipei this season.
Pavit, the 2014 ADT Order of Merit champion, will return to defend his title against a talented field which includes countrymen and Merit leader Pannakorn Uthaipas, second-placed Gunn Charoenkul, Liu Yan-wei of China and Martin Dive of Australia.
Lin will be looking to build on his tied-second place finish on the ADT a fortnight ago as he aims to recapture the trophy back on home soil.
“I’m no stranger to this course. A lot of things in life we just have to do our best and let the results take care of itself. If you put in effort, you will be rewarded. All the players hope to play well so we will see how it goes this week,” said Lin.
Lin is aware of the pressure of playing on home soil but has learned to cope with the anxiety. He had enjoyed a tied-fifth result when the premier Asian Tour staged the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship at the Linkou course last year.
“The pressure is definitely on the local players because we are playing on home soil. The key will be how you handle the pressure out there. I just hope I can bring out my ‘A’ game when the tournament starts.
“I’m no stranger to this course. A lot of things in life we just have to do our best and let the results take care of itself. If you put in effort, you will be rewarded.” – Lin Wen-tang, 43
“The game’s in good shape so I am feeling pretty confident. But having said that, to win a tournament, you do need a bit of luck too. Hopefully I will get some of that this week,” Lin added.
Liu, the only player from China in the field this week, hopes to learn from his experience at last week’s HNA Open de France, which was his third stint on the European Tour this season.
“The course layout here seems to suit my game more, compared to the course we played in Chinese Taipei two weeks ago. I had a great experience playing in France last week. It was a very strong field. I played well on the first day,” said Liu, who is turning 20 in two days’ time.
“The course over there is very different from Asia’s. The wind is stronger and it’s more difficult over there. I feel pretty comfortable coming back to Chinese Taipei again so hopefully a better result awaits,” added Liu.
Martin, who sits in sixth place on the current money list, is eager to get back into the thick of action at the Charming Yeangder ADT after recovering from a stiff back which forced to withdraw from the Taifong Open two weeks ago.
“It’s pretty challenging out there. You need some patience on the greens and hopefully some putts will drop. I had some treatment on my back last week so it’s much better now. It’s great to be 100 per cent well and back here playing again.
“I am still in a good position to challenge for the top-five spots on the Order of Merit. I will stick to my process and see what happens. I just need to keep doing what I have been doing and I believe the results will take care of itself,” said the 31-year-old Dive.
The Yeangder ADT, which was inaugurated in 2012, returned onto the ADT Schedule after a three-year absence in 2015, bearing a new title sponsor in the Charming Hotel Group. The Charming Yeangder ADT is celebrating its fourth edition this week.
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 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.