Chia enjoys view from the top #MyanmarOpen

Thu 04 Feb 2016

Chia enjoys view from the top #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, February 4: Malaysia’s Danny Chia surged to the top of the leaderboard after firing a sparkling seven-under-par 65 in the first round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Thursday.
Chia, a two-time Asian Tour winner, was always in control at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club as he marked his card with seven birdies to take a slender lead over Japan’s Azuma Yano at the US$750,000 which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).040216_LMO_Azuma Yano (JPN) 01
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, who turned 50 last week, showed he could still match up to his younger rivals as he returned comfortably with a 67 together with India’s Rashid Khan at the Myanmar showpiece which is making a welcome return after a two-year absence.
Chia continued his resurgence on the region’s premier Tour when he went out quickly with four birdies to turn in 32.
The Malaysian, who ended his 13 year winless streak on the Asian Tour with his win in Taipei last October, then cruised home with another three birdies for an inward 33.
“My iron shots were probably the key for me today. I didn’t hit that many fairways but I recovered well with my wedge shots and my irons.
“I’ve been working on my wedge shots with my coach last week. We talked about several things including how to control my emotions on the golf course. It was good today,” said Chia.
Yano’s calculated approach on the fairways paid off as the Japanese also started promisingly at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open.
“I made sure all my tee shots would stay in the fairways and that was key for me today. I gave myself enough distance so that I could approach the greens comfortably.
“I got unlucky on a few occasions but I managed to recover well after that,” said the Japanese whose last victory on the JGTO came in 2008.
Prayad meanwhile credited his course familiarity for putting him into another commanding position.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
“I grew up playing under this conditions. I putted really well today as I know how to control my speed and distance around the greens. My strategy is to hit driver on every hole and try to get as close as possible to the greens,” said Prayad.
Ends.
About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
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English: http://www.jgto.org/pc/WG02000000Init.do
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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), 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.