Poosit seeks Merit boost in Malaysia

Selangor, Malaysia, November 21: Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai hopes to give himself a fighting chance to earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the next season when he steps up to the tee at the PGM GlobalOne Championship which starts on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Poosit, who sits in a current 14th place on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit thanks to his breakthrough win in Pakistan earlier this month, is aiming for another good showing to break into top-five and grab one of the five Asian Tour cards on offer for 2018.

Poosit will headline the talented 118-man field alongside the leading top-10 players on the ADT Order of Merit, including leader Masaru Takahashi of Japan, countryman Pannakorn Uthaipas and American John Catlin, ranked second and third respectively on the money list.

They will be vying for honours against a strong home challenge spearheaded by Arie Irawan and Daeng Abdul Rahman at the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600) ADT event held for the first time at the Saujana Golf and Country Club’s Bunga Raya course.

“It was a big surprise to me when I won in Pakistan a few weeks ago. I haven’t been playing well prior to my win. I also got into the tournament at the last minute but having said that, it was still great to have finally taste victory on the ADT,” said Poosit.

Poosit wrote a small slice of history by joining his elder brother Sattaya, a three-time ADT winner, as the only brothers to have tasted success on the region’s secondary circuit, which was launched as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour in 2010.

“We are playing a very nice course this week. It’s a narrow and long course but it’s in a very good shape. Tee shots will be the key. You need to hit as many fairways and greens as possible to score. I will do my best this week,” Poosit added.

No fewer than 23 ADT champions, including Chinese Taipei’s Wang Wei-lun, Nattawat Suvajanakorn of Thailand, South African Mathiam Keyser, American Blake Snyder, Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela and Australian Martin Dive, will feature in what is the Tour’s final stop in Malaysia this season.

Other notable players include China’s rising star Liu Yan-wei, Thai duo Panuwat Muenlek and Jakraphan Premsirigorn, as well as Asian Tour winners Steve Lewton of England and Marcus Both of Australia.

With only three events left on the schedule, players will have everything to fight for when the Tour heads into the final stretch of the 2017 season starting with the PGM GlobalOne Championship in Malaysia this week.

Only the leading five players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2018.

All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive at least six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

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.