American Greg Moss hopes to draw on positive memories when he contends at the US$150,000 Charming Yeangder ADT which gets underway on Thursday.
Moss, who finished tied-second in the last edition, is aiming to go one spot higher when he returns to the picturesque National Golf Country Club.
A total of 30 winners, including current Order of Merit leader Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand, Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Indonesian George Gandranata of Indonesia, who won last week, will headline the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Malaysia’s Gavin Green, Chikkarangappa S. of India, Thai veteran Thammanoon Sriroj, who claimed his first ADT title at the National Golf Country Club last September, and an in-form compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai, who won on home soil last week, will also feature in the event.
Defending champion Hsien Chi-hsien, who won both his ADT titles at the National Golf Country Club, Asian Tour stalwart Lin Wen-tang, Chan Shih-chang, a record five-time winner on the ADT, Hung Chien-yao and Lee Chieh-po will spearhead the local charge.
The 29-year-old Moss produced a magnificent 10-under-par 62 in the opening round last year and was in the running for a career-breakthrough victory before losing to local hotshot Hsieh on the fourth play-off hole.
The American, who is also a competitive eater, is hungry for success as he continues to chase for a first victory since making his debut on the ADT in 2012.
“It’s good to be back. I’ve had good memories here. It’s nice to have it in the back but I know it’s going to start from zero again this time. My opening round of 62 last year is still a round that I think about a lot now. This is a course that I feel comfortable with too,” Moss reflected.
“I know I can play well here. I will try and think back on the things I’ve done well that day and that week. I am always striving for better results. You can’t shoot 62 every time but it will be nice to get some of that form back. I like the layout and the game’s feeling good,” added Moss.
Gandranata, who became the first Indonesian to win on the ADT last week, hopes to ride on his good run of form for a good showing to make amends for missing the halfway cut last year.
“It was a special win for me last week. I have received a lot of support from people around me. I hope this victory will jump-start my career to bigger things and hopefully I can be an inspiration to the bidding golfers back home.
“I missed the halfway cut here last year but my game’s feeling good right now. I hope I can remain consistent and continue my good form into this week,” said the 30-year-old Gandranata.
Moss and Gandranata will be among an elite 144-man field from over 18 countries battling for honours at the third edition of the Charming Yeangder ADT, which is one of the richest events on the ADT this season.
The Charming Yeangder ADT will provide another opportunities for players to earn Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which will be key in qualifying for the Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Six-time Asian Tour winner Lin, ranked 341st in the world, are currently in the running to represent Chinese Taipei at the Olympic Games where the qualifying cut-off is July 11, 2016.
The Yeangder ADT, which was inaugurated in 2012, returned onto the ADT Schedule after a three-year absence in 2015, bearing a new title sponsor in Charming Hotel Group which continues to show its support for the event this season.
A total of 144 players will compete in the Charming Yeangder ADT, with the field being split between the ADT and the Taiwan PGA. The Charming Yeangder ADT will be the eighth leg of the 2016 ADT season and also the Tour’s first stop in Chinese Taipei this season.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com