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Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:47:13 AM
PETALING JAYA: Local hope Arie Fauzi (pic) will rely on the valuable lessons learnt from the Asian Tour Qualifying School for success at the PGM Lada Langkawi Masters, which starts today.
The highly-rated Malaysian will be among a talented cast assembled at the RM200,000 event, which has been sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
Arie, who turned professional three weeks ago, said that he was prepared for the challenge in the play-for-pay ranks after missing the chance to earn an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand in January after firing a final round of 78.
“That experience has taught me the importance of staying patient and that golf doesn’t reward you all the time.
“There are negatives and positives because you don’t know what to expect. Anything can happen in golf,” said the 2008 Malay- sian Amateur Stroke Play Championship winner.
“The most important thing for me is to believe in myself and play to my best ability. If I can do that, then I’m quite confident that I can score.
“Honestly, I have no goals this week. I just want to stay in the present and not get ahead of myself.”
Arie, who played college golf for four years in the United States, will make his first appearance on the ADT as a professional at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort.
He played at the season-opening PGM-CCM Rahman Putra Masters as an amateur but missed the halfway cut.
“The ADT is another chance to make it into the Qualifying School Final Stage or even to earn an Asian Tour card (with a top-three finish on the Order of Merit). The ADT is a good stepping stone for young players,” he said.
The 22-year-old believes that the hot and humid conditions will play a crucial role in determining the winner of this week’s ADT event, which is being staged in Langkawi for the first time.
“The course condition is really nice. The challenge here will be the heat and the walking because it’s quite hilly. Langkawi is a really nice place to be in. The scenery here is great,” he said.
American James Bowen, the current ADT Order of Merit leader, England’s Grant Jackson, who won his first ADT title two weeks, and former Walker Cup star James Byrne of Scotland will headline the event.
Malaysia’s challenge will be led by Shaa-ban Hussin, Iain Steel, S. Murthy and 2010 ADT Order of Merit winner S. Siva Chandhran.
The top three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn an Asian Tour card for 2014.
The ADT also offers Official World Golf Ranking points which will be used to select players for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
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