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Golf News: - Posted 20th May 1998

Omega Tour leader Ed Fryatt heads for England

Hong Kong - Englishman Ed Fryatt stills holds the number one position on the Omega Order of Merit after six events on this year's Omega Tour. The 27-year-old has led the merit list since his win in the Volvo China Open in Shanghai last month and has earned $87,097 from what is his first season on the Omega Tour.

Fryatt had been expected to play in last week's Guam Open and the Fila Open, which tees off tomorrow in Korea at Tae Young Country Club, but changed his plans after receiving an invitation to play in this week's Volvo PGA Championship at The Wentworth Club on the PGA European Tour.

Fyratt's Volvo PGA Championship bid will provide him with a rare opportunity to return to his roots and play in front of his countrymen. The Las Vegan moved from England to the United States at the age of four but still harbours ambitions to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup.

The top three positions on the Omega Order of Merit are unchanged following the Guam Open with India's Firoz Ali, winner of this year's Indian Open in Calcutta, in second place on $51,695, and Japan's Takeshi Ohyama third with winnings of $50,877.

American Jerry Smith, who won $32,200 for winning the Guam Open, has moved into fourth spot on the list with earnings of $42,102.

With Fryatt choosing not to play in the Fila Open, which starts a day earlier than normal tour events, Korea's top players, who are traditionally strong on home soil, are favored to succeed at Tae Young.

Choi Kyung-ju, number one on the Korean PGA Tour for the past two years, veteran Park Nam-sin, Park No-seok, winner of the Philip Morris Asia Cup last year on the Omega Tour, and rising star Chung Joon are all expected to do well.