Malaysia’s Arie Irawan clinched his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and first outside of Malaysia at the US$60,000 ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational.
The 24-year-old Malaysian, who had claimed his breakthrough ADT victory on home soil earlier in January, battled to an even-par 71 after trading two birdies against two bogeys on a blustery day at the Aoki course of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club.
Arie closed with a four-under-par 280 total to win by four shots over local young talent Miguel Tabuena, who signed for a second consecutive 72, in what is the seventh leg of the ADT schedule this season.
Local stalwart Antonio Lascuna and compatriot Jun Bernis registered matching 69s to share third place on 285 while Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai settled one shot back in fifth place on his own.
Arie credited his strong mental game for a steady performance. His overnight three-shot lead was hardly challenged throughout the round.
“I kept my head down and try to stay calm out there. I told myself to relax and just focus on my game. It was windy today. I thought shooting even-par today was pretty good considering the tough conditions. I’m glad I made it through.
“This is my first win outside of Malaysia. It makes me feel that my game is there and I have the capability to win more. I definitely want to challenge for another win on the ADT this season. It’s good to see myself progressing and getting better,”said Arie, who pocketed US$10,500 and received six Official World Ranking Points (OWGR) points courtesy of his victory.
Arie was delighted to turn his season around with a second ADT victory after struggling with his game for about three weeks last month.
“I struggled with my game since the PGM Terengganu Championship last month and I didn’t play well in Chinese Taipei too. I got to play with Zaw Moe last week at the PGM Johor Championship and he gave me some advice on my swing. It finally clicked on the last day where I shot a 66 and that gave me a lot of confidence coming to this week,” added Arie.
Arie will return to the Asian Tour to contend for the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf, slated to take place from April 23 to 26.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
280 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 73-69-67-71
284 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-68-72-72
285 – Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 74-72-70-69, Jun BERNIS (PHI) 77-73-66-69
286 – Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 75-71-69-71
287 – Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) 76-72-69-70, Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 74-75-67-71, Sejun YOON (USA) 73-70-71-73, Micah Lauren SHIN (PHI) 74-66-72-75, Brett MUNSON (USA) 75-67-70-75
290 – Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 75-71-71-73