Shakhawat feeling confident at the PGM UMW Championship

Tue 02 Oct 2018

Shakhawat feeling confident at the PGM UMW Championship

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2: Bangladesh’s Shakhawat Sohel looks to maintain his winning momentum at the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) PGM UMW Championship that starts tomorrow.

The 33-year-old made a career breakthrough a month ago in Malaysia where he won his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after defeating current Order of Merit leader, Nitithorn Thippong, via a play-off.

The victory has buoyed Shakhawat’s confidence and he’ll be looking for a repeat performance at the Impian Golf and Country Club

“It was my first international victory and it was a very proud moment for me,” said Shakhawat.

The former Bangladesh national golf team captain feels that he is finally realising his potential and hopes to represent his country regularly in Asia’s premier circuit next year.

 “I’m thrilled to contribute to Bangladeshi golf, as the country has always supported me immensely. I am working very hard to earn a spot on the Asian Tour in 2019,” added Shakhawat, currently ranked seventh on the ADT Order of Merit.


Johnson Poh of Singapore


Johnson Poh of Singapore is also looking to end 2018 on a flourish. He has enjoyed a successful season on the ADT so far, posting four top-10s including a victory in Malaysia in April. Poh currently sits in fourth place on the money list.

“I’ve been very happy so far as I have finally made a breakthrough on the ADT with a win! I am looking for a strong finish in the last few events to end the season,” said the 2018 PGM Johor Championship winner.

Shakhawat and Poh will be competing alongside fellow 2018 champions Yutaka Araki of Japan, Josh Salah of the United States and Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij at the PGM UMW Championship. Other notable golfers include South Africa's Mathiam Keyser and Finland's Janne Kaske.

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.

Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total 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.