#TeamMAS eye strong outing at #WorldCupofGolf

Tue 22 Nov 2016

#TeamMAS eye strong outing at #WorldCupofGolf


Melbourne, Australia November 22: Malaysian veteran Danny Chia hopes to regain his drive to make up for lost time at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf when the prestigious team competition starts on Thursday.

Chia will partner Nicholas Fung in the 28-nation team event at Kingston Heath Golf Club, making his third appearance in the World Cup following a lapse of 15 years when Malaysia last qualified in 2001.

“I didn’t really expect to play in the World Cup of Golf again after being out of it for so long,” said Chia today.

Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia

“At one stage this year, I was trying really hard to catch Vijay Singh (of Fiji) in the world rankings as I knew I was close to him and he was the last guy in. But I just missed out at the time of the qualifying cut off and just didn’t think about after that. So it was just good news when Vijay decided to pull out later and I got the call to play.”

As the last team in the competition, World Cup debutant Fung is certainly excited at the prospect of partnering his mentor and close friend at Kingston Heath. They combined brilliantly at the EurAsia Cup in January, earning two halve points for Team Asia.

Fung said: “It’s good being here for my first World Cup. It’s been 15 years since Malaysia last played and teaming up with Danny is great. It’s a good opportunity for us. We know each other’s game well as we play practice rounds regularly on the Asian Tour,” said Fung.

As we have spend so much time together, it’s easy to get along well with Danny. We also combined really well in the EurAsia Cup, so I guess that’s why he picked me. Danny is a good putter, so whenever I can, I’ll make sure I put him in a good position on the greens.”

Chia was in awe of Kingston Heath, saying that the famous sandbelt course in Melbourne will test every club in the bag. That unfortunately is bad news as the 43-year-old, who is a two-time Asian Tour winner, has struggled with his driving.

“It’s a great golf course. You pretty much need every shot in the bag. There are some short and tight holes, there are some good par threes and some long par fours. There’s a bit of everything here,” said Chia.

“However, my game hasn’t been great. I’ve had problems with my driving the past few months. It’s something I need to overcome this week. I’ll probably sacrifice distance on most holes and go with the hybrid club to make it easy for Nicholas in the foursomes (alternate shot). I’ll still try to work out the driver which I’ve just lost some confidence with it.” - Danny Chia

In Fung though, Chia has a partner who is on good form. The younger Malaysian was unlucky to lose in a play-off at the Resorts

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia

World Manila Masters two weeks ago, a result which pushed him up to 14th place on the current Asian Tour Order of Merit.

“Nicholas has been playing well. I’m always impressed with the way he plays. I feel like he is someone I can rely on in a team format and I feel comfortable with him,” said Chia. “He’s very consistent. He’s probably the straightest driver I’ve seen on Tour. It will help me a lot with my current problem.”

Fung is ready to chip in for the team. Playing for the nation this week is something proud for the 26-year-old who is ready to put in every effort to ensure a good week at the World Cup of Golf.

“We’ve got the Malaysian flag on our driver covers this week,” said Fung.

“But I’m not going to put expectations on ourselves. It’s my first time here. We want to go out there, do our best and aim to have some fun on the golf course.”

The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.


ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.

Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.

About Melbourne, Victoria

Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.

Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com

About the International Federation of PGA Tours

The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.

In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

About the International Golf Association

The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.