Sarawak, Malaysia, October 3: Man of the moment Mathiam Keyser will be aiming for back-to-back victories when he tees it up for his title defence at the PGM MNRB Championship on Wednesday.
Coming off the back of three straight wins, the 30-year-old South African hopes to take advantage of his red-hot form to successfully retain his title, albeit on a different course, at the Damai Golf and Country Club in Sarawak.
Keyser sensationally claimed two consecutive wins on the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Golf Tour before completing a hat-trick by securing his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Labuan last week.
Placed 11th on the ADT Order of Merit, Keyser will headline the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600) event alongside Merit leader Masaru Takahashi of Japan, as well as Thai duo Nattawat Suvajanakorn and Panuwat Muenlek, who sit in fourth and 10th place respectively.
“I am playing good at the moment and so I feel very confident coming into this week. The past three weeks have been amazing with three wins in-a-row. No matter what happens this week, I will have a good time out there,” said Keyser, who turned professional in 2011.
The big-hitting Keyser earned his Asian Tour card for the 2014 season after coming through the Qualifying School that year but switched his focus onto the ADT after failing to keep his card for 2015.
Keyser is looking to play his way back onto the Asian Tour by finishing inside top-five on the final 2017 ADT Order of Merit where the leading five players earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the 2018 season.
Other notable players in the field this week are Australian Martin Dive, American John Catlin, Oskar Arvidsson of Sweden, James Byrne of Scotland and Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, all winners on the region’s secondary circuit.
All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn 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.