Grant Jackson in a file photo. He finished third at the PGM Johor Championship in 2012 and emerged champion last year.
KUALA LUMPUR: England’s Grant Jackson is relishing a return to the PGM Johor Championship at the Johor Golf and Country Club from May 21-24.
The 32-year-old has done well in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, finishing third in 2012 and emerging as champion last season.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to Johor. I have very good memories there. The course suits my game and I always enjoy playing there.
“I’ve been mentally going through each hole. I kept the yardage book from last year which I will look through again on the flight over. I’ve been practising on similar grass this week just to get used to it,” said Jackson.
He enjoyed a relatively good season in last season’s ADT, claiming a victory and eight top-10 finishes. But he missed out on a 2014 Asian Tour card after finishing fifth in the final Order of Merit.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players in the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season and Jackson is keeping his fingers crossed he will make it.
He will face stiff competition for the US$10,720 (RM34,600) top prize in Johor.
The top five – Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan, American Brett Munson, Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan and Thai duo Wisut Artjanawat and Sattaya Supupramai – in the latest Order of Merit have confirmed their participation.
Past ADT champions Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Japanese Masaru Takahashi, Singapore’s Quincy Quek and James Byrne of Scotland will also be among the international cast vying for honours at the RM200,000 event.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung will spearhead the local charge alongside Iain Steel and Danny Chia, who claimed his second ADT title last week.