Chia and Leong settle for 71s #CIMBClassic

Thu 29 Oct 2015

Chia and Leong settle for 71s #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 29: Malaysian number one Danny Chia had a swift and short answer when asked how he could better a one-under-par 71 at the US$7 million CIMB Classic – hit the ball better.
The 42-year-old, who enjoyed a second Asian Tour win in Chinese Taipei last month, was disappointed with his ball striking on the opening day at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club which left him in tied 50th place and nine shots behind leader Scott Piercy of the United States.
Countryman Ben Leong birdied the 18th hole to match Chia’s round while the third Malaysian in the elite field, Arie Irawan, carded a 75 in the CIMB Classic, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
“It wasn't really a great ball striking day today,” said Chia, who is ranked seventh on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I managed to scramble quite well, holed some good putts. Pretty happy with one-under. I think I didn't really focused very well on most of my shots. It's just like I feel I'm day dreaming on the golf course, I don't know what I'm doing.”
Ben Leong of Malaysian Ben Leong of Malaysian
The Malaysian veteran said the West course was there for the taking today, as proven with some low scores led by Piercy, who fired a brilliant 62 to lead by three.
“I think that if you hit to 10 feet, you’ve got a very reasonable birdie chance. And I wasn't hitting enough greens,” said Chia, who is making his fourth appearance in the CIMB Classic.
Leong, who earned his spot by winning the SapuraKencana National Qualifier, rolled in a 20-foot birdie on his last hole to get to red numbers.
“It was a tough day definitely. I didn’t have my ‘A’ game out there. But I stayed patient, grinded it out and took it one shot at a time. Told myself to not worry about it and that I have plenty of holes to go,” said Leong.
Like Chia, he knows he needs up the ante to make a move up the leaderboard with three rounds remaining.
“Have to work on everything, a little bit on my driving, a little bit on my irons and my chipping. Putting as well. You don’t want to take anything for granted,” he said.
“The golf course is playing soft and it’s not a surprise to see seven, eight-under scores up there. It’s doable. There’re world class players out here.”
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 12.4 billion as at 30 June 2015 and over 44,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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 Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.