Daeng makes overseas pro debut in Phuket

Phuket, May 24: Malaysia’s Daeng Abdul Rahman will make his first overseas professional appearance in this week’s Singha Phuket Open. The Asian Development Tour (ADT) event tees off tomorrow at the highly-rated Laguna Golf Phuket on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

The 17-year-old Daeng, who turned professional in March, will be joined by current ADT Order of Merit leader Brett Munson of the United States and second-placed Martin Dive of Australia in the two million baht (approx. US$58,140) event. They will face a stiff challenge from the home players, spearheaded by Asian Tour veteran Thaworn Wiratchant and other Asian Tour winners such as Danthai Boonma, Poom Saksansin, Chinnarat Phadungsil and Rattanon Wannasrichan.

“I arrived in Phuket yesterday and came straight to play 18 holes here. Some holes are quite short out there but you need to be cautious of the wind. If I can handle the wind, I should be able to score. This is my first ADT event overseas so I am very excited,” said Daeng, who hails from Johor.

Currently in 34th place on the ADT Order of Merit, Daeng showed glimpses of his potential when he claimed a top-10 finish on the ADT just two weeks after joining the play-for-pay ranks. He impressed again by winning his first title as a professional on the domestic PGM Tour one month later.

“I have had a great start to my professional career, winning my first professional title in just my second start on home soil. I am hoping to go one step further now so the next aim is to win on the ADT,” said Daeng, who was the top-ranked amateur in Malaysia before turning professional.

“It’s not going to be an easy week, playing against such a strong field, especially the top professionals from Thailand. Having said that, it won’t be too much of a pressure for me. I just want to focus on my game,” added Daeng, who won a PGM Tour event as an amateur at age 15.

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