Malaysia Boleh!

Sat 07 Apr 2012

Malaysia Boleh!

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Singapore, April 7: Malaysia's Shaaban Hussin is one round away from his maiden Asian Tour victory after the third edition of the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic was reduced to 54 holes.

Inclement weather had caused almost 10 hours of play to be lost over the last three days at Orchid Country Club.

Shaaban, who only managed to complete his second round in the afternoon with a flawless five-under-par 65 and has yet to tee off, will head into the third and final round with a one-shot lead over American David Lipsky, Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka and Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant who are a further shot back on matching 132s.
With thunderstorms and lighting threats forcing play to be suspended twice on Saturday, officials were left with no choice but to abandon play for the day.
“The tournament has been affected by several lengthy delays and suspensions due to inclement weather throughout the week. As a result of the delays and the disruptions that we have suffered, we have taken the decision to reduce the tournament to 54 holes,” said Fritz Katzengruber, Tournament Director, Asian Tour.
Shaaban, who was among the 12 players who have yet to tee off for their round, was clearly prepared for the week’s challenges.
“I think for professional golfers like us, we should be prepared for anything that may happen during the tournament. I just have to focus on my game,” said the Malaysian
Lipsky, who is searching for his second Asian Tour win in two months, is also focused on another grandstand finish despite the reduction in the number of holes this week.
“Ideally, I would like to play 72 holes but we’ve no control over the weather and I’m just going out there to prove that I can play my best this week,” said the Korean-American rookie, who earned his career breakthrough at the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic in March.
Meanwhile Salvador, who narrowly missed out on his maiden win at two ISPS title-sponsored events (HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic & ISPS Handa Singapore Classic) when he lost in the play-offs, received a welcome boost in the form of a US$1,000 cheque from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman of ISPS, who arrived in Singapore to grace the event.
Dr. Handa hopes that his small token will provide Salvador with the added motivation of erasing the heartbreak of two play-off defeats and make his way into the winner’s circle.
“It’s my humble gesture to Salvador and I hope that he will not be too disheartened with the losses. Instead he will continue to put in the hard work and aim for that win this week,” said Dr. Handa.
Salvador was six-under through one hole when play was abandoned for the day.
The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic will be beamed live to a world-wide audience on the Asian Tour’s global television platform as well as on Singapore’s MediaCorp Channel 5 during the weekend rounds.
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About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  The organization was founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.
ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s commercial and philanthropic investment in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.
For further information please see www.ispsgolf.com
About the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic
The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic will return for the third consecutive year from April 5-8, 2012 at the Orchid Country Club. The inaugural event in 2010 was won by South Africa’s Peter Karmis who defeated a star-studded field that included three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and other tournament winners. The 2011 edition will be best remembered for its exciting final day play-off action where five players fought for the title before India’s Himmat Rai eventually emerged victorious with his birdie putt on the sixth extra hole. The ISPS Handa Singapore Classic is strongly supported by the following sponsors: KIA (Official Automotive Partner), Canon (Official Co-Sponsor), Park Regis (Official Hotel), Panasonic (Official Audio Visual), FENIX (Official Apparel), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet), INETOL Headwear (Official Headwear), SRIXON (Official Ball), Singha (Official Beer), Wolf Blass (Official Wine) and 100 Plus (Official Hydration Partner).
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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.