Kuala Lumpur, March 12: Malaysia’s Danny Chia moved up 174 spots on the latest Official World Golf Rankings following his victory at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last week.
The ADT, which is the feeder circuit of the Asian Tour, entered a new and exciting era when all of its events started receiving world ranking points from this year onwards.
Chia received six points for his win in the year’s third ADT event and is currently in 496th position in the world.
Highly rated Nicholas Fung, who earned his 2013 Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School in Thailand earlier in January, settled for second place behind Chia but the result propelled him to 860th in the world, a 575-rung improvement from his previous ranking.
“The world ranking points help us as a player to see how we’ve improved,” said Chia following his wire-to-wire win at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters.
All winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top-six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
The world rankings will be used to determine the 60-man field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. It has been estimated that the top-200 bracket will be the cut-off for players to qualify.
A total of nine ADT events will be staged in Malaysia this season, with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM), giving Malaysian professionals every fighting chance of playing their way into the Olympics.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han believes the ADT is an ideal platform for players to enhance and boost their rankings in the world.
“We have a strong partnership with the PGM Tour as we share the same goals to create more playing opportunities and improving the standard of golf in the country. Danny’s achievement is testament that many Malaysians are benefiting from the ADT,” said Han.
“The world rankings is a very crucial element in a golfer’s career and the Asian Tour and ADT are proud to give our players this opportunity to take their career to new heights,” added Han.
The ADT will continue its Malaysian swing at the PGM Maybank Johor Masters from April 10 to 13. The fourth ADT leg will offer RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) and will be staged at the Johor Country Club.