Chia to rub shoulders with stars in Sheshan

Mon 02 Nov 2015

Chia to rub shoulders with stars in Sheshan

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Kuala Lumpur, November 2: Malaysian Danny Chia’s season just keeps getting better.
The 42-year-old, who recently ended a 13-year wait for a second Asian Tour victory, will head to Shanghai this week for his debut appearance at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions, which will be headlined by American Jordan Spieth and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.
Chia, the first Malaysian to feature in the HSBC Champions, was first reserve from the Asian Tour’s entry list after finishing one rung below the leading four non-exempt spots from the Order of Merit.
However, he got into the elite 78-man field when the other qualifying categories were not fulfilled.
“Yeah, it feels great to be able to qualify to play in Shanghai, which will have another elite field. So, I’m very happy about it. I heard the course is really long and it's in perfect condition as well,” said Chia, who won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters one month ago.
While he is over the moon with his late call-up into the HSBC Champions, which will be held at the Sheshan International Golf Club from Thursday, Chia knows he must recharge his batteries quickly after finishing tied-68th at the CIMB Classic on home soil on Sunday.
The Asian Tour-PGA TOUR co-sanctioned tournament was his 12th straight tournament which is now taking a toll on his body, he said.
“I was rather disappointed with the final round. I am just exhausted. I was trying really hard out there, but the body is just not listening. I didn't do that bad. I just didn't make any putts at all,” said Chia, who is ranked ninth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
He played with American Ryan Moore in the opening two rounds and enjoyed a pairing with Major winner Jason Dufner on the final day last week which opened his eyes as to what was required to compete at the highest level.
“There are hardly any weaknesses in their games. Putting wise, I think I must be amongst the bottom players on the putting stats,” he said.
“I have to try and push myself to go even further, because I think there are still a lot of things I can improve on my game.”
Chia will be joined in Shanghai by Asian Tour stars Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia of India, Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Australian Scott Hend and Andrew Dodt and Canadian Richard T. Lee.
Ends.
Tickets are now on sale for the 11th edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions with all information available at www.hsbcgolf.com  along with details of revised qualification criteria.
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About HBSC
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About HSBC Golf Sponsorships
HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $8.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, former World Number 1 Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.  In preparation for golf’s return to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016, HSBC is also the presenting sponsor of the Brazil Champions tournament in São Paulo.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage.  In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.
For more details on HSBC's golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com
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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), 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.