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Kenneth De Silva hopes to successfully defend his Sarawak Masters title.
PETALING JAYA: Local hotshot Kenneth De Silva hopes his recent good form will spur him to a successful title defence in the RM200,000 PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters which starts in Kuching on Thursday.
The 22-year-old, who secured his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at last year’s edition, will be joined by an international cast chasing for honours at the Sarawak Golf Club.
He will be joined by local prospects Nicholas Fung, Shaaban Hussin, Airil Rizman, as well as Ben Leong, who is making a long-awaited comeback after injury.
De Silva is determined to prove his worth again.
“I am happy with my game and am looking forward to this championship. Hopefully, I can successfully defend my title,” said De Silva, who finished 12th on the ADT Order of Merit last season.
American James Bowen, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit with his season’s haul of US$37,545 (RM121,476), will chase for a record third win on the ADT after narrowly missing out in the play-off at the Sabah Classic two weeks ago.
“I’m hoping to secure a third win. I feel good about my game now and I’ve got high expectations for myself. Missing out in the play-off at the Sabah Classic was not disappointing because it puts me back at the top of the Order of Merit which is a boost to my confidence,” said the 27-year-old.
Bowen will spearhead the international field which includes Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and England’s Grant Jackson, who are ranked fourth and fifth on the merit list respectively. With only three more events to play on the ADT before the season ends, players will have everything to play for as they vie to finish in the top three on the Order of Merit which will earn them playing rights on the elite Asian Tour in 2014.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters will provide the region’s upstarts with another opportunity to improve their world rankings as all ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year.
Fung, who claimed his third victory on the local tour last week, will be looking to cement his position as the best-ranked Malaysian on the OWGR so as to secure a spot at the lucrative CIMB Classic later this month.
“Winning on the local tour last week has helped me a lot as it puts me in good condition this week. I was facing problems with my putting earlier but I think it’s getting better now. I am really confident with my game right now. I think I will have a good chance of winning this week if I play consistently,” said Fung, who is currently 472nd on the OWGR.
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