Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung is on a mission to extend his lead on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit by targeting a second straight victory at the inaugural Jakarta Classic next week.
The highly-rated Malaysian, who won his first ADT title on home soil two weeks ago, will be brimming in confidence heading into the US$60,000 event staged at the Imperial Klub Golf from July 17 to 20.
James Bowen of the United States, Grant Jackson of England, Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan and Lindsay Renolds of Canada, ranked second, third and fourth on the Order of Merit respectively will also a part of the talented field. Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela, Koh Deng Shan of Singapore, Faiz Damit of Brunei Darussalam and Darren Tan of Australia make up a truly cosmopolitan field with more than 15 different nationalities playing in the event.
On the local front, George Gandranata, Andik Mauludin, Rory Hie and Benny Kasiadi will spearhead the home charge with the aim of becoming the first Indonesian to win on the ADT.
A total of six ADT events have been played so far with Fung leading the charge after enjoying a splendid season highlighted by three top-10s and one victory at the PGM-UMW Templer Park Masters.
“I’m getting better because I can win on the ADT. Now, I’m looking forward to win on the Asian Tour. There are many international players on the ADT so it isn’t easy to win. I tried really hard,” said Fung, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf rankings (OWGR) points starting this year. The top-three players on the ADT’s final Order of Merit will earn Asian Tour cards for the following year.