Shaaban Continues to Soar

Fri 13 Apr 2012

Shaaban Continues to Soar


Kuala Lumpur, April 13: Shaaban Hussin’s charge up the leaderboard at the Maybank Malaysian Open came to a halt as the second round was suspended due to thunderstorms on Friday.

Shaaban, who is a Maybank ambassador, battled his way up the leaderboard by going to four-under for the championship through nine holes before play was called off by officials. He will resume his second round on Saturday, 7.45am on the 10th fairway of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

“I felt like I was on a momentum and if the round did not stop, I would have gone lower. My rhythm and tempo was good. I need to come early and practise and try to get back into the groove,” said Shaaban, who is five shots back from the clubhouse lead.

“If I don’t keep focus, I will be in trouble. After looking at the scores, I think I have a good chance of closing the gap. There’s a chance but I will not be aggressive. I think the goal is to stay calm and score whenever I can,” said the slender Malaysian.

He was disappointed to miss two five-foot par putts on holes two and six. “It was disappointing or I would have been closer to the leaders but I’m happy with my fighting spirit,” said Shaaban, who was the lone Malaysian in red numbers during the second round.

Danny Chia fought tooth-and-nail but his chances of making the weekend rounds look slim as he closed with a 73 for a two-over-par 146 total. The projected cut is 145.

“I fought hard but it’s quite a disappointing result. My approach shots was way off. My partnership with my caddie wasn’t good as well. A lot of times, we couldn’t figure out the breaks. Looking forward to the next event already,” said Chia, the first Malaysian to win on the Asian Tour.

“I felt a bit unlucky on a few occasions. I don’t think there’s much I could learn from the last two days. I just misjudged my second shots, misjudged the wind a few times and did not make enough putts,” he lamented.

About Maybank

The Maybank Group is Malaysia’s regional financial services leader with an international network of over 2,200 offices in 17 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.

The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 45,000 employees serving 22 million customers worldwide.


About the Malaysian Golf Association

Founded in 1929, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia has been entrusted to promote the game while preserving its traditions and integrity.

It’s a non-government organization that runs by volunteers who are passionate about the game with the help of a team of management staff.

The Association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroot programs and training of the athletes to represent Malaysia in the international events.

We take our responsibilities seriously in promoting the game in Malaysia while simultaneously upholding the Rules of Golf as prescribed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A).

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.

About The European Tour

The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future.

The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2012, will feature a minimum of 46 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday.

The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.

About GlobalOne

GlobalOne is an executive lifestyle sports marketing consultancy. We serve an expanding stable of prestigious Asia-Pacific clients through a network offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Indonesia. We have in the past created partnerships in golf, motor racing, sailing, tennis, rugby, skiing, athletics, basketball, cycling and skiing. Today, GlobalOne’s primary focus and area of sports rights ownership is professional golf.

GlobalOne currently stages two highly successful tournaments in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour and the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open. Over the past six years, GlobalOne has promoted a total of 21 events, all co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, with total prize money in excess of US$20 million. GlobalOne has also staged the first World Cup of Golf in Asia, at China’s Mission Hills in 1995, and a second World Cup of Golf event in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

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