Q&A: Getting to know Arie Irawan

Wed 08 Apr 2015

Q&A: Getting to know Arie Irawan

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Sentosa, Singapore, April 8: Malaysia’s Arie Irawan enjoyed a flying start to the season when he claimed a breakthrough win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship in Malaysia in January. In this Q&A, he talks about playing on the ADT, his goals in golf and how he stays motivated.
When and how did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf at the age of eight. My dad wanted me to learn about golf because I might take over his business one day. Golf is a good way to get in touch and discuss business deals with clients. Over the years, I began to love the game and that’s why it is now my profession.
Who or what sparked your interest in golf?
My dad supported me in the game but I enjoyed the fact that golf teaches you to become better. You always strive to become better in golf. It is not easy but that’s what keeps me interested in the game.
What are your ultimate goals in golf?
My ultimate goal is to play on the PGA Tour and in the Majors. I really want to work hard on achieving my goals.
Do you play other sports apart from golf?
I used to play football and I was a goalkeeper! I try to focus more on golf now as I don’t want to risk getting injured.
Who is your inspiration? Is there anyone who has helped get you to where you are now?
My dad, definitely. Even though we’ve gone through some battles and tough times, I know he means well and he always pushes me to become better. He is a great mentor to me. He gets me back to where I need to be. I am lucky to have Mardan Mamat and Zaw Moe helping me in my game as well but my dad was the one who helped and inspired me through my junior days.
How do you usually spend your time whenever you are not playing golf?
I can’t get away from golf that much but I have to find a way to do so. I usually spend my time reading books and going to the gym.
What is your practice routine like?
I go to the gym about four times a week. I do a lot of stretching and I try to include my cardio into the routine. If I’m at the driving range, I would be practising for about four to five hours before working on my short game.
If you are not a professional golfer, what do you think you will be?
I would probably be working in the oil and gas industry. My dad is an engineer and I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps.
How do you stay motivated in the game?
The way to stay motivated in the game is to set goals. My ultimate goal is to play on the PGA Tour but I know I have to set small goals first in order to reach that big goal. Whether it’s about setting goals for the week or just for the day, it’s just as important to have goals and to know what you want to do.
Do you enjoy playing on the Asian Development Tour? How do you think it helps in your career development?
The ADT has been a big help to me. I started out in 2013 and I didn’t have any thoughts about making it onto the Asian Tour by playing on the ADT. In Asia, we don’t play in the same conditions all the time. The playing standard on the ADT has gotten a lot stronger over the years. It is a big stepping stone for you to get onto the Asian Tour. You have to be mentally tough and you have to bring out your ‘A Game’ every day and every week.
What is a must for you to carry (apart from your golf clubs and clothes!) when you travel for tournaments?
I have an audio book which I listen to and I usually bring along some books to read as well. Other important things I bring along include my foam roller and my bands. It’s important to stay loose. I will bring along my break master and my AimPoint leveler when I travel as well.
Do you have any golfing ritual or superstition?
Not that I can think of. I don’t think I have one.
About Arie                                                                                    
Country:                      Malaysia
Date of Birth:              August 21, 1990
Residence:                   Kuala Lumpur
Family:                        Single
Turned Pro:                 2013
Twitter Handle:           @ArieIrawan54
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT TOUR WIN: (1) 2015 PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship, Malaysia.
PRO WIN: (1) 2014 PGM Maybank Players’ Championship, Malaysia.
Arie secured the final Asian Tour card for 2015 after finishing sixth on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit. It was a special case for Arie as Sattaya Supupramai, ranked fourth on the ADT rankings, finished inside the top-60 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit to earn his full card. The Thai’s efforts on the Asian Tour meant that the next best player on the ADT earned a Tour card. Arie posted nine top-10s on the ADT in 2014 and made full use of his invite to the Resorts World Manila Masters on the Asian Tour where he finished tied ninth.