ASEAN players ready to take on world #MaybankChampionship

Wed 08 Feb 2017

ASEAN players ready to take on world #MaybankChampionship

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Kuala Lumpur, February 8: The ASEAN players hope to make full use of their playing opportunity in the US$3 million Maybank Championship which starts on Thursday.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan, Yeh Htet Aung of Myanmar, George Gandranata of Indonesia, Michael Tran of Vietnam and Jay Bayron of the Philippines all qualified through the ASEAN category which was created by Maybank to help the growth of the game in their respective countries.
They will tee it up against the elite field which includes Major champions Danny Willett of England, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Order of Merit champions Anirban Lahiri, Thongchai Jaidee and Scott Hend at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Gandranata, who is playing in his second year at the Maybank Championship said: “All of us are Asian Tour members so a good start would really help us keep our card and finish in the top-60.”
AK1_6260“If one of us caught fire and win it then we would get our European Tour card. So this week is about taking our chances, practising hard and hopefully we can execute well and have a good tournament,” added the Indonesian.
Koh and Tran, who both made the cut last year, were delighted to make their second appearance at the Maybank Championship.
“I would like to thank Maybank for this opportunity. This is my second time playing this co-sanctioned event and it’s definitely the best event I’ve ever played. Opportunities like this are why we work so hard so we can out our ASEAN flags up there and prove that we can compete with the best,” said Tran, a winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Koh added, “I think it is a very good initiative by Maybank. They have done a very good job supporting golf in the region. Hopefully it will help us and help some of the younger players.
“It’s a very big opportunity for us. Without a full card on the Asian Tour, competing in a co-sanctioned event is not possible unless in your home country so it’s a wonderful chance for us to do well,” said Koh.
Ye, the only player from Myanmar in the elite field this week, said he won’t feel any nerves playing alongside some of the world’s best players. A good result this week will put the spotlight on golf in his country.
“I am just focusing on my game and hoping to play alongside some great players to see how they manage the golf course. We don’t have too many players so if I do well in big tournaments all the Myanmar people will know they can also play golf. I want to play well and show them what we can do,” said Ye.
The top ASEAN players selected to play in this week’s Maybank Championship was based on their rankings on the Official World Golf Ranking and positions local tour, Asian Tour and ADT Order of Merits.
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