"Chia, Shaaban Redeem Pride"

Sun 28 Oct 2012

"Chia, Shaaban Redeem Pride"


Kuala Lumpur, October 28: Danny Chia and Shaaban Hussin restored some measure of pride with commendable final round performances at the US$6.1 million CIMB Classic as they registered a four-under-par 67 and three-under-par 68 respectively on Sunday.

Chia, who launched his campaign with a 66 before enduring two disappointing rounds, settled for 43rd place in the 48-man field with a four-day total of three-under-par 281 in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.

“At least I held my head up. I can see some light! It was a different day and feel. I told myself to take whatever that came my way and I played good. It was more about pride today. I wanted to finish under-par to prove that I’m worthy of playing this week,” said Chia.

After being on the road for six weeks, Chia is looking forward to a much needed break as he prepares for the tail-end of the Asian Tour season where he is fighting for his Tour card due to his current 60th place position. The top-60 players will keep their cards for 2013.

“I think I’ve had enough of golf for the last six weeks. I really need a break next week. I’m quite pleased with the remaining events on the Asian Tour. I like the courses, so it is a plus side.

“I’m doing a bit of swing changes and everything is looking quite good at the moment. It is only me stopping myself from playing well,” he added.

Struggling with an injured shoulder, Shaaban shot his best round of the week as he relied on his short game to post a good number.

“It worked out exactly how I wanted it to be. My short game and putting were superb. There were many holes where I couldn’t hit it on the green. I just made up-and-down. There were holes where I hit the green in regulation and had a birdie. It felt easy,” said Shaaban, who amassed one-over-par 285 for 47th position.