Chia to star in #CIMBClassic

Mon 10 Oct 2016

Chia to star in #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 10: Malaysia’s Danny Chia will be determined to raise the local cheers when he tees up for the US$7 million CIMB Classic next week.
Chia, a two-time Asian Tour winner, will reunite with fellow Olympian Gavin Green as they attempt to become the first Malaysian to win the lucrative event held at the TPC Kuala Lumpur from October 20-23.
Chia, who qualified for the CIMB Classic as the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking, ended a 13-year title drought on the Asian Tour last year and produced a battling performance in front of the partisan home crowd at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year.
As the 43-year-old takes his place among the elite field, he makes no secret of his desire to make his country proud on home soil and improving of his best finish of tied-13th achieved at the 2011 edition of the CIMB Classic.
“I always enjoy competing at home as the patriotic support from the galleries never fail to fire me up,” said Chia.
“A good performance from either Gavin or myself will definitely take golf to greater heights in Malaysia and inspire many. That’s what I hope to do and I’ll do my best next week,” added Chia, who is ranked 254 in the world.
The CIMB Classic, which is also co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia is part of the PGA TOUR’s season-long FedExCup competition.
Green had earlier booked his spot at the CIMB Classic when he won the SapuraKencana National Classic.
The event afforded the winner with a spot at the CIMB Classic.
“Playing in the CIMB Classic will be a huge achievement for me this year. It has been a good year so far and this will be another positive in my career. I can’t wait to play in my first PGA TOUR event on home soil,” said Green.
Offering full FedExCup points, the CIMB Classic will feature 78 players - 60 coming from the PGA TOUR, 10 from Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions.
It returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club) as the second event of the 2016 - 2017 PGA TOUR season and will carry a total purse of USD7 million.
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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 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 9.6 billion as of 30 June 2016 and about 40,000 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, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-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 227 countries and territories in 30 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2015, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $160 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.3 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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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