Chan Reigns in Weather-Hit Hsinchu

Chan Shih-chang won the rain-hit Ambassador ADT.
Chan Shih-chang won the rain-hit Ambassador ADT.

Hsinchu, Chinese Taipei: Overnight leader Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei was declared the winner of the US$120,000 Ambassador ADT after officials cancelled the fourth and final round due to inclement weather.

Chan, who signed for a third round four-under-par 68, broke his own record by claiming his fifth ADT victory with a winning total of 12-under-par 204 at the Hsin Feng Golf and Country Club, where he has been honing his skills for the past 13 years.

Local stalwart Lin Wen-tang, also playing on his home course, ended four shots behind Chan in second place while Hsieh Tung-hung, also of Chinese Taipei, took third place in the 11th leg of the 2015 season.

The final round, originally scheduled to start at 7.20 am local time, was first delayed until 8.00 am and then 8.30 am before officials announced the cancellation of the fourth round at 9.10 am.

“After deliberation, the organising committee has decided to cancel the final round due to continuous heavy rain which is expected to last throughout the day and conditions were deemed unplayable,” said Jittisak Tamprasert, Asian Tour Tournament Director.

“The Ambassador ADT has been shortened to 54 holes and overnight leader Chan has been declared the winner of the tournament,” added Jittisak

Chan took home the winner’s purse of US$21,000 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

“I’m very happy to win the tournament which is held on my home course where I have been playing since I was a young kid. The weather hasn’t been good this week so I am very happy with how I’ve played,” said 28-year-old Chan, who won in China last week.

“It’s great to set a new record on the ADT. I hope I can keep improving. I will continue to work hard in future and work towards my next goal of winning on the Asian Tour. My game’s been good. I think I have good chances of winning on Asian Tour in the near future,” added Chan.

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