Leong and Chia on a mission in Selangor

Wed 17 Sep 2014

Leong and Chia on a mission in Selangor

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, September 17: Malaysia’s Ben Leong and Danny Chia hope to cap their comeback from lengthy injury spells with a memorable showing at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters which starts on Thursday.
Leong, who shot into fame by winning the Selangor Masters in 2008 where he beat Thai great Thongchai Jaidee, will start in only his second Asian Tour event of the year while Chia hopes to build on his recent run of good form which saw him qualify for the cash-rich CIMB Classic next month and finish tied 17th in Taipei last weekend.
The 28-year-old Leong sat out the entire 2013 season due to a back injury but returning to the scene of his most famous victory has fired up his determination to shine on home soil. “Every hole reminds me of 2008,” said Leong today.
“Great memories definitely ... the only thing missing is my age I suppose. It’s been a while and it’s good to be back. I do remember every shot I hit during the final round especially the three footer from left to right on the last hole that I made for the win. It’s fresh in my mind.”
Ben Leong of Malaysia Ben Leong of Malaysia
Leong showed glimpses of his old form by winning a domestic tournament last month and said returning to action on the Asian Tour felt like a second beginning.  “2008 is six years ago but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s like a new life for me. It’s weird,” he said.
“I took a week off, didn’t do too much as I had played four weeks in a row prior. I had my practice round today and obviously it’s a bit rusty but it’s a different game tomorrow. The idea of resting was to preserve my old injury. I’m not 21 anymore. I have to get used to it and I’m not getting younger.
“The motivation is still there. I definitely want to take on the best players in Asia and see where I’m at. It’ll be important to keep the ball in play here and staying in the present. I always get ahead of myself. I need to stay in the moment.”
Chia had surgery to remove bone fragments on his right shoulder last year and revealed that he may not regain his strength 100 per cent after defying doctor’s orders during his recovery period.
“I’m a bit worried at the moment. It was looking good with the rehab but it’s not improving at this stage. I’m quite sad about it but I’m still managing to hit balls. I’m trying to work harder on my rehab and regain the remainder of my strength. I think I’m at 80-85% now,” said Chia.
But despite his limitations, the 41-year-old has managed to produce some strong performances. He topped the SapuraKencana National Qualifier to earn spot in the CIMB Classic and produced a top-20 at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on Sunday.
“I’ve been doing three quarter and half swings and I found something in my game. I’ve used that on the course and it’s worked for me, especially off the tee. That is the good part,” he said.
“A lot of strategy is needed off the tee here. You need your ball striking, short game ... everything has to come together to have a good week here.”
For further enquiries, please contact Chuah Choo Chiang or Doyle De Costa at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters Media Centre on +6012 699 1976.
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