Sentosa, Singapore, January 20: Four Singaporeans, Gregory Foo, Choo Tze Huang, Jesse Yap and Koh Deng Shan, have made the cut at the SMBC Singapore Open, continuing the standard set by the local contingent in 2017.
Four golfers from Singapore also made it to the weekend rounds last year and coupled with the developments in 2018, the country is enjoying a golfing revival, at least, in the professional game.
Foo will be in good stead when he realizes his dream of becoming a professional golfer later in the year. He carded matching two-under-par 69s to make the cut for the second consecutive year at the tournament.
The young Singaporean has been in brilliant form recently. He won the Singapore Open Amateur Championship in 2017, a tournament contested by the region’s best amateur golfers and he was part of the team that secured Singapore’s first golf gold medal in 28 years at the 2017 SEA Games.
“I told myself to stay patient as it is going to be a long day and don’t get ahead of myself. Also, I reminded myself not to think about the cut and just play it shot by shot,” said Foo, after his second round that ended on Saturday.
Choo, who finished tied-35th last year, will go into the weekend with a three-under-par 139 total. The 30-year-old have yet to enjoy a breakthrough in his professional career, but a good showing at the US$1 million event will certainly give him a boost in the right direction.
“There is always pressure when we are playing at home. But it’s always good to play in Singapore and it’s always good to play well in front of your home crowd. I’m embracing the moment,” said Choo.
Yap, who also has plans to turn professional this year, started his tournament well with a 68. His round-two 72 may not be the best score on the field, but it is enough to get him through to rounds three and four. If anything, he’ll be encouraged by his performance so far.
Koh made the cut in his National Open for the first time in his professional career. The experienced Singaporean just made it through at even-par, after carding 70-72. The cut line was set at one-over-par.
Surely, the Asian Tour will see more of Koh and his countrymen sooner, rather than later.