|Date of Birth||1986-01-20|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(1) 2008 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, Malaysia.
(3) 2008 Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia, 2008 Terengganu Masters, 2014 I&P Group Closed Championship, Malaysia.
Ben fulfilled his potential when he won the Worldwide Selangor Masters in 2008, beating Thai star Thongchai Jaidee in a thrilling head-to-head duel. It culminated a fantastic three-week stretch as he had won two other Malaysian titles in quick succession. In 2009, Ben only managed one top-20 at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters but bounced back superbly in 2010 where he claimed two top-10s at the Brunei Open and Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei. Prior to his victory, Ben showed signs of a breakthrough when he finished tied third in the Asian Tour International in Thailand and fifth in the Singha Thailand PGA Championship. Ben lost his card in 2011 after ending the year in 80th place on the Order of Merit. He suffered from a disc prolapse in 2012 and was sidelined in the second half of the season. He also holds the distinction of winning the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in successive years at the end of 2006 and 2007. He turned professional after representing Malaysia in the Asian Games in Doha in 2006 and enjoyed a good amateur career, highlighted by his triumphs in the Putra Cup.
Ben picked up the game at a very young age thanks to his father N.C Leong, who has caddied for him regularly. As an amateur, Ben dominated the Malaysian amateur circuit and spent several years in the United States on a government scholarship where he was attached to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida. Ben qualified for the prestigious US Amateur Championship in 2005 and 2006.