Adilson looking for maiden Asian win

With two victories to his credit on the 2011 Sunshine Tour, Adilson Da Silva will be looking to take his winning ways onto the Asian Tour at this week’s Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei.

The Brazilian won the Nashua Golf Challenge in May and the Vodacom Origins of Golf Sishen in August in between playing on his first year on the Asian Tour after he earned his tour card in 2011 through Qualifying School by finishing in tied 33rd place.

He started out slowly in Asia with a share of 30th in the SAIL Open, but he got into the top 20 with a 16th-place finish in the Panasonic Open in India.

Two more finishes in the 30s – 33rd in the Indonesian Masters and a share of 32nd in the Selangor Masters – and then he clicked into gear with a hard-fought second place in the Handa Singapore Classic, losing out in a five-way playoff.

And then he finished in the top 10 again with a share of 10th in the Macau Open, before jetting off at the end of September to Venezuela to lead Brazil in qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

He has been in good form on the Asian Tour, and, while he’s not the longest off the tee, he’s third on the tour in fairways hit and in greens in regulation.

His putting has held him back from winning, and he will have to improve on his average of 30.8 putts per round, which has him 105th on the list if he is to make the step up.

Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand won his 12th Asian Tour title at the weather-affected event last year when it was reduced to 54 holes, and he will be in contention again.

And Lin Wen-tang has continued to be one of the finest exports from Chinese Taipei with five Asian Tour victories. Another win will make him the most successful Chinese Taipei player with the most number of victories on the Asian Tour. He will home advantage as he seeks to lift another title at the Linkou International Golf Club.

But Da Silva is a proven winner, having won nine times on the Sunshine Tour and also over 30 tournaments in Zimbabwe from 1996 to 2003, and he will want to add an Asian Tour title to his resume ahead of November’s World Cup in China.

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