Siva leads three others into MMO 2015

Wed 19 Nov 2014

Siva leads three others into MMO 2015

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Kuala Lumpur, November 19: S. Siva Chandran carded a brilliant three-under-par 69 to confirm his spot at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2015, successfully overcoming a competitive field of Malaysian players at the National Qualifiers at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.
Siva Chandran, who totaled one-under-par 143 over 36 holes, secured his ninth consecutive start at the national Open as a professional. He is joined by Ahmad Farhan Syariff (69-75) and Wilson Choo (71-74), who finished second and third respectively as well as Mohd Rizal Amin, who saw off the challenge of Mohd Iylia Jamil in a sudden death play-off after both players had tied at fourth place.
These local players will play against many of the world’s best for a prize purse of US$3 million from February 5 to 8, 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
A three-time winner on the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, Siva Chandran shot four birdies against a single bogey to add to his opening 74.
"This is the beginning of a journey to play in the Maybank Malaysian Open 2015. I've never made the cut at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, so that's definitely the target come the tournament proper," said the 35-year-old, who was the inaugural Asian Development Tour Order of Merit champion in 2010.
Runner-up Ahmad Farhan, conceded he felt the pressure coming into the final round of the qualifiers after an opening 69. "I'm really relieved that I've made it to the Maybank Malaysian Open because never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would come true. I was a bit nervous at the start and it just took its toll. I was five-over after 15holes and my chances weren't looking good.
"But I birdied from the bunker on the 16th hole and then drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the last to secure my berth rather comfortably, so I am really excited about playing in my maiden national Open," added the 26-year-old.
2015 marks a very special year for Maybank, as it celebrates a decade as the title sponsor of the Malaysian Open.
Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Mohd Nor, Chairman of Maybank who attended the closing ceremony of the National Qualifiers, said: “Let us congratulate our four golfing professionals – S. Siva Chandran, Ahmad Farhan Syariff, Wilson Choo, and Mohamad Rizal Amin who have all earned themselves a coveted spot to play alongside international golfing greats at the Maybank Malaysian Open in February. You will be joining the remaining 18 Malaysians for an intense yet memorable experience at the Maybank Malaysian Open and I hope you will do our country proud."
Tan Sri Megat added: “Twelve other Malaysians have so far qualified for the Maybank Malaysian Open. And after this, there will be another six who will be selected, bringing the total to 22, who will represent Malaysia in this event.  We are the only world class golf event here in Malaysia that provides so many opportunities for our Malaysian golfers, as part of our contribution to golf development in this country.”
The Maybank Malaysian Open offers the highest number of spots for Malaysian golfers in a co-sanctioned international golfing event in the country. It is a joint initiative by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA), Maybank and GlobalOne to provide Malaysian sportsmen the opportunity to compete in the world class event.
LEADING FINAL RESULTS:
143 - S. Sivachandhran 74-69
144 - Ahmad Farhan Syariff 69-75
145 - Wilson Choo 71-74
146 - Mohd Rizal Amin 73-73, Mohd Iylia Jamil 74-72
(Rizal wins on the first play-off hole)
148 - Muhd Al-Warith Damian 72-76,
149 - Mohd Amli Mohayideen 74-75, Shaifubari Muda 79-70
150 - Nicholas Pua 79-71
153 - Al Malik Faisal Zainuddin 79-74, Hilmi Abdul Rahman 75-78
For tournament updates and details of the event please visit:-
Web: www.maybankmalaysianopen.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MaybankMalaysianOpen