Shaaban Is Sole Malaysian to Survive the Cut

Sat 14 Apr 2012

Shaaban Is Sole Malaysian to Survive the Cut


Kuala Lumpur, April 14: Shaaban Hussin overcame his nerves to emerge as the sole Malaysian to survive the halfway cut at the US$2.5 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Saturday morning.

The slender Shaaban, who is a Maybank ambassador, completed his remaining nine holes of the second round in level par 72 to lie in tied 38th place on two-under-par 142, eight shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

He is the only player from a contingent of 22 Malaysians who will play the final two rounds at the immaculate Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

“I felt a bit shaky when I started this morning. The pressure piled on me when the crowd started shouting that I’m the only Malaysian who has a chance of making the cut. That didn’t help with the nerves! My caddy told me to ignore them and that calmed me down a bit,” said Shaaban.

Malaysia’s leading player Danny Chia, who shot a 73 on Friday, and teenage amateur Low Khai Jei were the next best local players on 146, missing the halfway cut by two shots.

Shaaban resumed his second round from the 10th fairway where he carded one birdie against three bogeys, the last being a missed two-foot par putt on the 18th hole.

He was disappointed with his finish especially when he was two under for the round before thunderstorms halted his gallant run.

“It would have been better if the round did not stop yesterday. I had the momentum going and just couldn’t find my rhythm today. You can’t do anything with the weather delays. I’m disappointed, I won’t deny that,” he said.

The Malaysian said that the decision to play it safe worked against him. “I played it very safe because I really wanted to make the cut. I think that worked against me. Now that I’ve made the cut, I’ll definitely go all out for birdies,” said Shaaban, who finished tied 13th in last week’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic.