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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 8:02:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 8:04:29 PM

Final ADT Order of Merit battle set for Jakarta

Iain Steel will get one last chance to win an Asian Tour card for the new season at the Jakarta Invitational in January. The cards are awarded to the best players on the ADT.

Iain Steel will get one last chance to win an Asian Tour card for the new season at the Jakarta Invitational in January. The cards are awarded to the best players on the ADT.

JAKARTA: The final battle for the top three positions on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit will be determined at the season-ending Jakarta Invitational next month.

Tournament promoters, OB Golf Events, have announced that the inaugural Jakarta Invitational will offer a prize pot of US$60,000 (RM193,000) and will be held at the Nick Faldo-designed Jababeka Golf & Country Club from Jan 8-11.

With the launch of the inaugural Jakarta Invitational, the 2013 ADT schedule will close with a record 16 events in Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

The top players on the ADT Order of Merit, including American James Bowen, Malaysia’s Iain Steel, Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and England’s Grant Jackson, are expected to headline the event.

There will be much to play for in the final event as Bowen, Steel, Renolds and Jackson, ranked second, third, fourth and fifth on the Order of Merit respectively, jostle for elusive playing rights on the 2014 Asian Tour season.

Current Order of Merit leader Nicholas Fung of Malaysia used his experience of playing on the ADT to good effect when he secured his Asian Tour card for next season by finishing inside the top-60 on the region’s premier Tour’s Merit list. He finished top-10 at the Resorts World Manila Masters and then tied second at the Indonesia Open to move up to 38th position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Nicholas’ success on the Asian Tour means that the next best three players on the ADT will stand a chance to earn a card for the new season.

Bowen has a season’s haul of US$38,444 (RM124,000) while Steel is third with US$36,623 (RM118,000).

Renolds sits in fourth place, just a little over US$1,000 (RM3,200) behind Steel while Jackson is fifth with US$27,180 (RM87,000).

The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year.

Tags / Keywords: golf, ADT, Order of Merit, Asian Development Tour, Iain Steel, Nicholas Fung

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