Arie is ready for the big show at #MMO

Mon 02 Feb 2015

Arie is ready for the big show at #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 2: Arie Irawan hopes to live up to his new stature as the highest ranked Malaysian in the world by putting up a strong showing at the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open which starts on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Arie overtook Danny Chia on the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to his breakthrough victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last week and he is now setting his sights firmly on a good week in his National Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course.
“Last week has built the confidence heading into this week. I’m stepping up to another level and I know I can do well on the Asian Tour and European Tour. I have to trust my game and have the self-belief to do well,” said Arie, who is now ranked 357th in the world.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
He will be among 22 other Malaysians including Chia, Nicholas Fung, Rizal Amin and Shaaban Hussin dreaming of becoming the first local player to win the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
“One of my goals is to be the top Malaysian in the world and I have now achieved that. But now that I’m number one, I have to push even harder to be better. I know I can compete with these guys and I hope the hard work pays off,” said Arie.
He hopes a positive attitude will lead him to a dream victory this week. “I want to win one or two events on the Asian Tour. I’m being greedy but I believe if you have the correct mind-set then I think I can win. It is a lot to ask but I’m keeping positive.”
Veteran Chia, who is recovering from a debilitating shoulder surgery at the end of 2013, is showing glimpses of his best form after winning on the local PGM circuit earlier this year.
“Everything is looking good. The Maybank Malaysian Open is my National Open and it is my national pride to want to go out there to try and win the event. Apart from giving my best, there’s nothing much more that I can say. I’m happy with the way I’m playing,” said Chia.
Rizal is relishing a return to KLGCC as he lifted his first ADT here in December, albeit on the East course. He believes hooking up with former LPGA Tour player Lim Siew Ai as his coach has paid dividends.
“She is a good coach and she has helped me a lot. She was a big help when I won on the ADT last year. I met her two years ago and we went through a lot of transition and work. It has really helped with my golf game,” Rizal explained.
The 31-year-old hopes to make amends for missing the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand by putting on a solid performance at the
Rizal Amin Rizal Amin
Maybank Malaysian Open. “I had a boil on my right thigh and had to go for minor surgery. That was a little setback for me but I rather play pain free and play healthy golf. Now I’m back to full fitness and I’m feeling good for this week,” said Rizal.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).