11 May 2018
Catlin Eyes Continued Success At The Asia Pacific Classic
Zhengzhou, Henan, China, May 11: John Catlin of the United States will be looking to bring his fine form to the St Andrews Golf Club for the Asia Pacific Classic, which will be played from May 17 to 20.
The 27-year-old, who finished commendably in eighth place in Korea last week, hopes for a similar, if not better result at the US$300,000 event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association (CGA).
“I had an awesome week in Korea. I have been working very hard over the last couple of years and it feels great to finish inside top-10 on the Asian Tour,” said Catlin, who earned his Tour card by virtue of his third-place finish on last year’s Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit. The ADT is the feeder circuit for the Asian Tour.
He has played on the Asian Tour in 2015 and 2016, but he feels a lot more prepared this year.
"To be able to come out and perform like I know I can with all the work I’m putting in gives me a lot of confidence moving forward. I am excited to see what is installed for me this year."
On the Asia Pacific Classic, he said: “I've never played on mainland China before, so competing in the Asia Pacific Classic will be a new experience for me. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing - taking it one shot at a time, focus on what I can control and giving it everything that I've got."
Leading the local charge is Yanwei Liu. The 20-year-old is one of China’s best young players and his biggest goal for the year is to secure his card for next season by finishing the year inside the top-60 of the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings.
Liu achieved his highest Asian Tour finish on home soil last year at the Asian Golf Championship in Xiamen. He was third, just a shot behind the eventual champion Bowen Xiao, who will also be competing in the Asia Pacific Classic.
“Hopefully, I can cap a good result in China. In fact, every tournament that I get to play on the Asian Tour is very important to me, as they all count towards the money list,” said Liu.
Catlin and Liu will be up against a strong 156-man field that includes 21 Asian Tour winners. Notable names include Lu Wei-Chih of Chinese Taipei, Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines.
The Asia Pacific Classic is the Asian Tour’s second stop in China this season. The tournament is part of the Asian Tour’s strategic partnership with the CGA where the goal is to grow and develop professional golf in the region.