Chia earns 4th appearance at #CIMBClassic

Wed 30 Sep 2015

Chia earns 4th appearance at #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, September 30: Danny Chia will make his fourth appearance at the CIMB Classic next month after earning his place in the prestigious tournament as the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 30, 2015.
The Malaysian veteran will join countryman Ben Leong, who earlier qualified for the US$7 million event by winning the SapuraKencana National Qualifier in August.
Chia was delighted to qualify for the CIMB Classic which has attracted top names such as Major champion Adam Scott of Australia, Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Sergio Garcia of Spain and current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri of India.
“It feels good to qualify for the CIMB Classic which will have a strong field. I will give it my best in front of my home fans,” said the 42-year-old Chia.
Chia missed the 2013 CIMB Classic, which is sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour, due to an injury which forced him to undergo a shoulder surgery. Since then, the Malaysian has enjoyed a good run of form which includes winning the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) a fortnight ago. He also didn't qualify for the inaugural event in 2010.
“I’ve put in a lot of work in my physical training and I’m very happy with my recovery. I’ve been working a lot on my game and I’ve been doing quite well,” said Chia.
“I felt bad when I didn’t play in the CIMB Classic in 2013. If you play well then you deserve to play in the CIMB Classic. To be honest, I didn’t really check on my Official World Golf Ranking position this year because I knew I needed to do my job on the golf course. If I do a good job then I will qualify. if not I’ll watch from the side lines,” he explained.
Chia enjoyed his best result in the 2011 edition when he finished tied 13th and aims to repeat or better his performance when he tees off at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from October 29 to November 1.
“Finishing tied 13th in 2011 is one of my career highlights. There’s a strong field again this year so hopefully I will play good enough to be paired with the top players. It is always a challenge playing in KLGCC because the course is favourable for long hitters.
“I’ve lost some distance after coming back from my surgery so I need to come out with a different but good strategy on the course. I will work hard on my game and hopefully have a good week,” said Chia, who is currently ranked 342nd in the world.
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 2014 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.