Kang counts on happy Saujana memories

Thu 02 Feb 2017

Kang counts on happy Saujana memories

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 2: Asian Tour strongman Anthony Kang is pushing himself to produce a stellar showing at the Maybank Championship next week.
A return to the Saujana Golf and Country Club for the US$3 million showpiece sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour brings back happy memories as the 44-year-old produced his career’s biggest triumph at the venue in 2009.
“Winning the tournament (Malaysian Open) was actually a bit of a shock,” confessed the Korean-American, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner.
“I was playing pretty well leading up into the event, I had good control of the golf ball and my confidence was up. But the week prior, I actually missed the cut in an event in Thailand and I went over to Malaysia and just focused on my putting as I didn’t putt so well in the previous week.
“In the last three rounds, I was pretty much bogeyless except for the 15th hole on the final day. Anytime you play without a bogey, you’re always going to climb up the leaderboard.”
These days, Kang has scaled down his playing schedule on the Asian Tour, mixing up his time with on-course television commentary work for Asian Tour Media, which he has found fulfilling as well.
His encounter with TV commentary work began soon after he missed the cut at the Indonesian Open in 2014 and since then, he has been seen holding a microphone in hand on the golf course just as often as he is seen swinging his golf clubs.
“It just kind of happened. I remember missing the cut in Indonesia and the TV guys were looking for an on-course commentator. I initially hesitated but did it eventually and enjoyed it very much,” said Kang.
“Because of my ranking on the career money list, I will get into a handful of Asian Tour tournaments. If the chance arises and there’s room on the commentary side, I’ll definitely choose that now. It’s more fun talking about golf than actually playing the game! You never miss a shot in the box.”
Kang is determined though to put up a good showing at the Maybank Championship next week, which will be headlined by reigning Masters Tournament winner Danny Willet, former Major winner Charl Schwartzel, Anirban Lahiri and title holder Marcus Fraser.
“I don’t want to go out there to play poorly. I need the preparation. I will be selective and get myself ready. If there’s a tournament to play, and if there’s time to practice, then I’ll go and play in it,” said Kang.
“Although I’ve won at Saujana, I’ve never played well there historically. I really can’t say that’s a venue that I like. But when I won there, I was hitting it good and when you’re hitting it good, any course you go to should fit your eyes as you can place it at the spot you’re looking at.”
Kang revealed his experience in Europe following his 2009 success opened his eyes.
“I thought it was going to be my springboard in pro golf, thought I would basically get to the top of the world, play on the European Tour for a bit and get onto the PGA Tour … the world was my oyster,” he said.
“When I went to Europe, I realised my game wasn’t good enough. My ball striking wasn’t consistent enough and I struggled there. I did my best to compete but it never came to fruition. I came back to Asia thinking that I could get back to Europe but mentally I was pretty damaged.
“I hit so many shots that went 50 yards left or right. Month after month, it just left a bad scar in my brain. Every time I stepped onto a tee box, I was just thinking of the big miss. Confidence was really low and I was just trying to search for something in my swing which I never found it. It was just a downward spiral and it became no fun playing golf as I was hitting it into places where you shouldn’t be in pro golf.”
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We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.
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The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 25 Members celebrate a total of 51 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
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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 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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About Saujana Golf & Country Club
Founded in 1984, Saujana Golf and Country Club offers two 18-hole golf courses namely ‘Palm Course’ and ‘Bunga Raya Course’. These courses are exquisitely designed for championship play by the renowned golf course landscaped architect, Ronald Fream Design Group California, USA & Ted Parslow of E&G Parslow, Australia. The two world renowned courses, have been accorded countless international accolades including “The best Championship Course in Asia (Palm Course)” by Asian Golf Monthly 2005 and # 69 “Top 100 Best Courses outside the USA (Bunga Raya Course)”by Golf Digest 2005. Further voted in the World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses by Rolex & 6th Toughest Course in the World (Palm Course) by CNNGo.com 2012. SGCC is the 15th Member of the exclusive European Tour Properties, only the third outside of Europe and the first in Malaysia to be an official European Tour Destination. Saujana Golf & Country Club is also nestled alongside the beauty of two hotels, namely The Saujana Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort.