Amir seeks redemption at PGM Miri Championship

Tue 04 Sep 2018

Amir seeks redemption at PGM Miri Championship

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Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, September 4: Malaysian hopeful Amir Nazrin will continue his search for a first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM Miri Championship after agonisingly losing in a play-off two weeks ago.

The 21-year-old Amir was steadfast when he eagled the last hole to join a three-way play-off in Indonesia before losing to eventual champion and current ADT Order of Merit leader Miguel Carballo of Argentina.

He will have the opportunity to redeem himself when he contends at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) ADT event which starts on Wednesday at the Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club.

The PGM Miri Championship will feature some of the top ADT talents including Qualifying School graduate Carballo, the immensely talented Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand, Japan’s Kazuki Higa and Josh Salah of the United States.

Amir took solace in defeat as he secured his best result on the ADT since turning professional in 2017 and is determined to bounce back by launching a title assault in Sarawak, a Malaysian state located on the Borneo Island.

“I learned a lot (two weeks ago) and I will stick to the same game plan and maintain my course management like what I did in Indonesia. This is a long golf course and the fairways are tight so I have to keep the ball in play,” said Amir.

Currently ranked 13th on the ADT Order of Merit, Amir has seven remaining ADT events to try and boost his rankings as he aims to finish inside top-seven on the final Order of Merit rankings to earn his Asian Tour card for 2019.

“Honestly I’ve been trying to fix my game after Labuan (finished 40th). I really wanted to improve my game in Indonesia and I did really well. Now I’m close to the top-seven on the Order of Merit so I need to keep up on my good performance,” he added.

Amir admits that life as a professional has been tough since he joined the play-for-pay ranks but he is showing signs of improvement after gaining valuable experience on the ADT.

“In the beginning I felt like I’m still playing as an amateur so it is a difficult transition. As an amateur, my style was to attack every hole but now, every shot is money. I’ve learned a lot by watching and talking with the other players and that’s made me more mature,” Amir said.

The winner of the PGM Miri Championship will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

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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 seven 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.