Malaysia, November 7: Japan’s Masaru Takahashi will be looking to take over the driver’s seat on the Order of Merit again with a good showing at the PGM EurAsia Perak Championship, which gets underway on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Takahashi, who trails by about US$1,000 in second place on the current money list, is hoping to ride on his fine form when he gets his campaign underway at the Damai Laut Golf and Country Club, located at the southern tip of Lumut, Perak.
He will headline the RM 200,000 (approx. US $44,600) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event alongside Nattawat Suvajanakorn of Thailand and American John Catlin, placed fourth and fifth respectively on the Merit rankings.
With Order of Merit leader Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand not teeing up for the tournament this week, Takahashi has all to play for as he continues his chase to become the first Japanese to win the ADT Order of Merit crown.
“I want to be the Order of Merit winner and to do that, I need to finish inside top three here. Of course, if I win that will be even better,” said Takahashi, who has notched one win and seven top-10s in 10 starts this season.
Coming off the back of a third consecutive top-five finish on the ADT in Pakistan last week, Catlin is eyeing another good result to tighten his grip on one of the five Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2018 season.
“It is an important week for me, only three more tournaments and I am ready and feeling good about my game. It has been one of the most consistent years for me, I won a tournament in Taiwan two months ago and the last five ADT events I have been right there. It is nice to be back in the winner’s circle and prove to myself that I can do it,” said Catlin.
“My goal at the beginning of the year was to get into the top-five and I worked my tail off to get here last week. I just want to finish strong here to solidify my position,” added the 26-year-old Catlin.
With only three events left to play this season, players will have all to play for as they vie to finish inside top-five on the Order of Merit at the end of the season to secure their playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2018.
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.