An emphatic play-off victory for Wade Ormsby at Black Mountain Golf Club has propelled the Australian into second place in both the Asian Tour and International Series Order of Merits.
Holing a clutch 12-foot putt for birdie on the first extra hole handed the 42-year-old victory in the US$2m International Series Thailand.
Crediting new coach Grant Field for a change in his fortunes after three years without a win, Ormsby said: “We all analyse our games all the time and I feel my new coach has given me a lot of the answers to why I’ve struggled in certain areas. I’ve had great coaches all the way through my career but sometimes the penny drops and that’s been the case with Grant.”
The now four-time Asian Tour winner and his play-off companion, Chonlatit Chuenboonngam, completed 72 holes of the tournament on 20-under par. The 24-year-old Thai player joins Ormsby in The International Series Order of Merit’s top 10.
Boosting the overall Asian Tour prize fund by US$19m in 2023, The International Series will, this year, comprise of 10 enhanced events at world class venues, featuring elevated prize funds, with expanded entry criteria to welcome talented golfers from every continent and tour.
Ormsby added: “The International Series events are massively important. They’re the logical stepping stone back to LIV for me.
“My number one priority is to get my game back to where I can get into tournaments and start to contend for wins. As far as getting back to LIV, I’ll lay it out there. If you win the International Series Order of Merit you’re back there. Alternatively, you’ve got the Promotions event at the end of the year, so I’m definitely aiming to be in that to try and get back there.”
Entry criteria to the LIV Golf Promotions tournament includes those placed 2-32 in the International Series Order of Merit and will offer three qualifying exemptions into all the following season’s LIV Golf League events.
Up next for the elite Asian Tour series is Vietnam at KN Links Golf, Cam Ranh on 13-16 April 2023, and is a priority for Ormsby: “Absolutely I’ll be there. All the International Series events are first on my schedule this year.”