Poom raring to go at the PGM CCM Championship

Tue 09 Oct 2018

Poom raring to go at the PGM CCM Championship

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Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, October 9: Thailand’s Poom Pattaropong hopes to take advantage of his recent run of good form to launch a successful title assault at the PGM CCM Championship which gets underway on Wednesday.

Poom, who has claimed three top-three finishes in his last four starts on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) since August, is confident of putting up another good result at the RM225,000 (approx. US$58,000) event which will be staged at Kota Seriemas Golf and Country Club.

With four events left to play on the ADT’s 2018 schedule, the 23-year-old Poom is also looking for a strong showing to boost his ranking on the Order of Merit, where he sits in seventh place with a current haul of US$19,321.

The leading seven players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Poom will be vying for honours alongside a talented field which includes Merit leader Miguel Carballo of Argentina, Thailand’s Nitithorn Thippong, Johnson Poh of Singapore, Shakhawat Sohel of Bangladesh and last week’s winner Mathiam Keyser of South Africa, all sitting inside top-10 on the money list.

First-time ADT winners Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij of Thailand, Japanese duo Shohei Hasegawa and Yutaka Araki, as well as local talent Shahriffuddin Ariffin will also feature in what is the 19th leg of the 2018 ADT schedule.

Poom, who is playing in his first year as a professional, is pleased to find improvements in his game through his strong teamwork with his new coach and caddy.  

“Recently, I have just gained momentum in my game and I hope to continue this trend. I started working with my new coach, Annop, a week before the Taifong Open in August and my game has improved a lot since. We have been working on my downswing which has helped me to hit more cuts and play more consistent golf.

“My new caddy Nik is a Malaysian, so I am lucky to have found someone that is knowledgeable around these courses and is a good match for me to work with,” said Poom, who had missed out on a breakthrough victory after losing to Carballo in a historic play-off battle in Indonesia two months ago.

The highly-rated Thai, who graduated from James Madison University in the United States last December, has been plying his trade on the region’s secondary circuit since missing the mark at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January.

“I’ve done far beyond my expectations this year. I will try my best to keep my position on the Order of Merit but I just want to have fun and have a positive attitude going into each event from here on,” Poom added.

All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points with the winner earning a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

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About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.