Shaaban Slips Back

Sat 14 Apr 2012

Shaaban Slips Back

Kuala Lumpur, April 14: Shaaban Hussin posted a three-over-par 75 at the weather-interrupted Maybank Malaysian Open after struggling with fatigue in his closing holes on Saturday.

Shaaban, the only Malaysian to make the halfway cut, was among the 12 players who finished the third round which was abandoned at 5.23pm due to lightning threats at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Shaaban, a Maybank ambassador, was two-under for the tournament before dropping three shots in the last four holes. The third round will resume at 7.45am on Sunday while the final round will start at 8.30am at the US$2.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

“I lost a bit of focus. I felt like I was playing well then we were on the clock by the referee. I was a bit panic after that and made three bogeys and one par on the last hole,” he said.

He completed nine holes on Friday morning and had an hour’s rest before going out again to finish the third round. Shaaban conceded that fatigue started to kick in on his homeward nine.

“I felt tired on the back nine and dropped a couple of shots there which was disappointing,” said the lanky golfer.

After finishing in tied 13th place at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic last week, Shaaban is hoping to charge up the leader board and give himself a boost on the Asian Tour Order of Merit where he currently sits in 66th place.

“I need to try and get five or six-under tomorrow to finish higher on the leader board. I’ll aim for a top-30 result,” he added.

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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