RICHARD Kan this morning will step up his bid to retain the Hong Kong PGA Order of Merit title in the first professional event hosted by the Macau Golf and Country Club. Fresh from his victory in the second leg of the domestic circuit at Fanling last week, Kan is confident of extending his advantage of the top of the merit standings. Going into the 36-hole, two-day tournament in Macau, Kan has 73 points having finished joint runner-up in the season's first event at Discovery Bay a month ago. He is six points ahead of Yau Sui-ming and 12 in front of third-placed Dominique Boulet. There is then an eight-point gap back to Sung Yau-luk who is narrowly ahead of Tang Man-kee. ''It's been a good couple of months for me,'' said Kan, an assistant professional at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, who teamed up with Yau to represent Hong Kong in the World Cup of Golf in Orlando, Florida three weeks ago. Said Kan: ''I've been playing more tournaments recently and I'm sure my game has improved because of that.'' Despite his recent successes, Kan knows there will be no room for complacency over the demanding Macau layout which was skilfully carved out of the hills above Hac Sa Bay on Coloane Island. Measuring 6,325 yards and playing to a par of 71, the key to success at the first golfing facility in the Portuguese enclave will be accuracy rather than distance. As head professional at the club, Englishman Keith Lawson knows the course better than anyone and will be keen to give a good performance. ''You have to think your way around the course,'' said Lawson, who like the majority of his rivals in the field will be using his driver sparingly off the tee. The tournament will be a landmark for the Macau club which opened for play in January. Rene Verhulst, the club's general manager, said: ''We are delighted to be hosting a Hong Kong PGA event. ''The course is still young but has matured a great deal in recent months and I'm sure it will prove to be a good test.'' Verhulst said plans were already in place to hold a Macau Open amateur championship at the club next year.