Golfer Jackson aims for Jakarta Invitational win

Jakarta, Jan 7 (IANS) England’s Grant Jackson will have everything to play for when he tees off at the Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) season-ending $60,000 Jakarta Invitational starting Wednesday to keep alive his hopes of earning a 2014 Asian Tour card.

Jackson, currently fifth on the ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of $27,180, needs nothing less than a victory at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club to stand a chance of overhauling fourth placed Canadian Lindsay Renolds.
With current Malaysian No.1 Nicholas Fung having already secured his card through the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the next best three players in ADT will be promoted after this week’s season finale.
American James Bowen, Malaysia’s Iain Steel and Renolds, currently second, third and fourth will be looking to secure their cards too.
“This week is kind of crucial for me as I would need to win to possibly get into top-4 on the final ADT Order of Merit. Securing a 2014 Asian Tour card will mean a lot. It’s the reason why I came to play in Asia and it’s been my only goal for the season,” said Jackson Tuesday.
“It’s a shame I didn’t put myself in a better position coming into the tournament but I guess that’s how it goes. All the guys play well to win here. I will try my best and we will see how things go,” added the 32-year-old Englishman.
The winner of the tournament will take home a prize purse of $10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.