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Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:49:01 AM

Danny moving up – thanks to win at Glenmarie Masters

PETALING JAYA: Golfer Danny Chia’s victory at the PGM North-port Glenmarie Masters on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last week gave the Malaysian a boost in the world rankings.

The win, which earned Danny six points, catapulted him to jump 174 spots up to world No. 496.

“The world ranking points help us as a player to see how we’ve improved,” said Danny, following his wire-to-wire win at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters.

Besides Danny, the highly rated Nicholas Fung, who earned his 2013 Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School in Thailand earlier in January, also received a massive boost after finishing second to Danny.

The result propelled him to 860th in the world, a 575-rung improvement from his previous ranking.

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.

All winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top-six will earn points based on a sliding scale.

Meanwhile, the world ranking points will be used to determine the 60-man field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 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 world rankings.

“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 Hla Han.

“The world rankings is a very crucial element in a golfer’s career and the Asian Tour and ADT are proud to give the players the opportunity to take their careers to new heights,” added Hla Han.

The ADT will continue its Malaysian swing at the PGM May-bank Johor Masters from April 10 to 13.

The fourth ADT leg will offer RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) in prize money and will be staged at the Johor Country Club.

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Sport, Sport, Danny Chia, World Golf Rankings, Asian Development Tour, Qualifying for Olympics

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