Asian Development Tour (ADT) hotshot Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand became the second player following Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang to earn playing rights for the remainder of 2014 Asian Tour season after putting up a stellar performance on the ADT.
Pavit matched Chan’s efforts in claiming a total of four victories, including three titles in a single season, since the burgeoning circuit was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
The talented Thai took home US$17,500 following his fourth ADT victory at the 15th Chang Hwa Open in Chinese Taipei last week and ousted previous leader Chan on the ADT Order of Merit with his season’s haul of US$68,428.
Chan, who was rewarded with playing rights for the remainder of the 2014 Asian Tour season when he won the Taifong Open on home soil in July, trails Pavit by about US$1,400 in second place on the current merit rankings.
Pavit had earlier won the PGM Terengganu Championship and the PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship held in Malaysia in August and September respectively. His breakthrough win came at the 2013 ADT season-ending event in Jakarta earlier in January.
Ranked 567th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the end of the 2013 season, Pavit rose 350 rungs to his current standing of 217th position following his successful exploits on the ADT this season, which not only consist of three victories but also five other top-five finishes.
“It’s great to be able to work my way back onto the Asian Tour through playing on the ADT. I have played on the Asian Tour in 2008 but it was too much of a pressure for me then as I was always worried about making the cut. I think my game has matured a lot since and I feel confident and ready to compete against the Asian Tour players now,” said the 25-year-old Pavit.
“The ADT has been a great platform for me to hone my skills and I gained a lot of playing experiences as well. It has been a great season for me and I’m looking forward to playing on the Asian Tour,” added Pavit.
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han is confident Pavit will take advantage of his playing opportunities on the Asian Tour and tipped him to do well.
“It’s really pleasing to see young players like Pavit and Chan making full use of the ADT platform to boost their careers. I hope Pavit’s experience of playing on the ADT will help him achieve greater heights on the Asian Tour,” said Han.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2015.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status which is a boost for the game in the region.