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Maybank Ambassadors Danny Chia and Shaaban Hussin Striving to do Malaysia Proud at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2012


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Kuala Lumpur 9th April 2012: Experience will play a major part for Maybank ambassadors Danny Chia and Shaaban Hussin, as they once again spearhead the domestic challenge at the 51st edition of the National Open, which begins Thursday.

The duo, who have been mainstays of the event over the last decade, will lead a 22-strong Malaysian line-up, including six amateurs with some of the golfing world’s biggest stars as well as the best players from both the European and Asian Tours for the US$2.5 million co-sanctioned tournament.

Other than Chia and Shaaban, the domestic stars in action include PGM Tour 2011 Order of Merit winner R. Nachimuthu, Md Rashid Ismail, M. Sasidaran, S. Murthy and Airil Rizman Zahari, Nicholas Fung, Sukree Othman, S. Sivachandhran and Ben Leong.

The starting amateurs include five national players namely Chan Tuck Soon, Muhd Afif Mohd Razif, Low Khai Jei, Abel Tam and US-based amateur Muhammad Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi as well as wildcard George Wee.


From Left: George Wee, Mohammad Afif, Chan Tuck Soon, Arie Irawan, Abel Tham and Low Khai Jie.

Over the years, Chia has carried Malaysia’s hopes of winning the Open expressed his intent of going one step better this year. "The Maybank Malaysian Open is the tournament that I want to most play well in and I'm glad that I'm coming into this event relatively pain-free," said the 40-year-old Chia, who struggled with a back problem throughout last year.

"My preparation dates back to the conclusion of the tournament last year. I noticed some shortcomings about my game and got down to rectifying them early on. Since the start of the year, I've also been selective with my tournament commitments to allow my body to recover and keep me fresh and focused to do well this week," he added.

While admitting that the pressure will be on him to perform, Chia remains undaunted about playing in front of the large local galleries. "The pressure is always on. Sometimes, you need to play under pressure because it's meaningless to play otherwise. It's a matter of how I control myself under the spotlight. I really want to play well but I have to try not to be on the other side, which is giving myself; way too much pressure that I can handle”.

"Of course, my hopes are still up, I've never let it go. I'm still hoping to be the first Malaysian to lift the Seagram trophy or that one of my compatriots could achieve that feat," he shared.

On the key to success at the challenging West Course, Chia said, "Solid ball striking with my irons is going to be crucial on this golf course but end of the day, I think it comes down to putting . I was happy with the way I putted here last year except for the last five holes on the closing day, which could have seen me achieve a better result,"

"I have had my ups-and-down at this tournament. It's always been the consistency that I'm gunning for, put together four good rounds and create a chance for myself to achieve a result I can be proud of," concluded Chia, who finished tied-41 last year.


Shaaban Hussin

Shaaban, on the other hand, is coming into form just at the right time with two good performances in recent weeks, notably a second placing at the domestic PGM Clearwater Classic on and a tied-13th finish in the Asian Tour's ISPS Handa Singapore Classic last week, where he led the tournament after 36 holes.

"I'm definitely coming into the tournament feeling much confident about my game. I thought too much about winning on Sunday and that put too much of pressure on myself. I guess it rattled my momentum and I struggled in the end," said the 33-year-old.

Having multiple Malaysian Open starts to his name since his amateur days, Shaaban understands the need to be focused if he is to advance in the competition.

"This week, I intend to be more cautious in my approach. I feel I can do better but I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on myself and treat this week as just as another tournament. No doubt it's our National Open and many of my friends and supporters will be in attendance but I don't want to think about that." added a jovial Shaaban, who jokingly added that he was targeting nothing less than the championship.

Twenty-year-old Tam of Johor, is hoping to get it right as he makes his second appearance at the National Open. "This is not my first Maybank Malaysian Open, so I'm quiet confident that I know what needs to be done on this golf course. I am definitely excited to be part of the Malaysian line-up this week and while I like to keep my expectations low, I want to prove my best," he shared.

Chan, who was the best placed amateur last year, despite missing the weekend play by two strokes was delighted to be once again selected to play the tournament. "I am buzzing with excitement and look forward to teeing-off the tournament alongside Alvaro Quiros. I like to express my gratitude to the Malaysian Golf Association, for having the faith and trust in me to take up this challenge and I would like to minimize my errors and make the halfway cut this time."

Having missed out on previous editions of the tournament due to his collegiate commitment, Arie is raring to have his bite of the Maybank Malaysian Open. "I'm definitely delighted to have the opportunity to start at this prestigious event. The goal this week is to play my best, whether its making the cut, contending come Sunday or even winning, I will consider it a good job done,” said the University of Tulsa senior.

A star-studded field is expected at this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open, with the Malaysian professionals competing with some of the world’s best players for the championship title. With a prize purse of USD 2.5 million up on offer, spectators can expect an exciting tournament this April


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GO ! GO ! GO !! ! ! ! !

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joke right? they dont stand a chance when up against the europeans, top asians etc

malaysians need to wake up and give the slots to guys who have paid their dues by getting their tour cards and have a realistic chance of making the cut.

btw the PGM tour doesnt allow non malaysians to join/play what kind of message are they sending?

'we are scared others will take over' its laughable no other country does this one can play tours ,mini tours in other countries as long as you qualify.

no suprise then when they get a rude awakening when they go up against the world.
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joke right? they dont stand a chance when up against the europeans, top asians etc

malaysians need to wake up and give the slots to guys who have paid their dues by getting their tour cards and have a realistic chance of making the cut.

btw the PGM tour doesnt allow non malaysians to join/play what kind of message are they sending?

'we are scared others will take over' its laughable no other country does this one can play tours ,mini tours in other countries as long as you qualify.

no suprise then when they get a rude awakening when they go up against the world.


The PGM tour is to build the local talent and a breeding ground for upcoming pros and amateurs. That's why it's called a development tour. It's a steeping stone to the real competitive professional golf like the asian tour or other established tours.

Having foreign players who do not have other tour cards would be good. But inviting established tour players like Mardan Mamat defeats the whole point of a development tour.

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'protecting' localplayers wont help them in the long run ....so what if mardan mamat plays? they need to learn to beat guys like him to win outside malaysia.

otherwise we will see this headline in 2030

'when will a local boy win MMO?'

look at the feeder tours in the USA you get ex PGA tour players there so those guys learn to win no matter what so when they get on PGA tour they are ready not afraid etc

you can see many rookies winning straight away on PGA tour

this would not happen if the Americans protected players from others.
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The same with many, I believe in giving support, be it encouraging words or a pat on the back as confidence booster for anyone carrying the country's flag, school flag, house flag, etc....

What ever perceived/proven/rumoured as unfair treatment to players, can it take it's own life in another thread? Any takers?

Hey, pillory and stone me if I'm wrong.

Again, specific and proper, to this thread, I'd like to exclaim,

GO ! GO ! GO !! ! ! ! !

My Malayan Abang-abangs and adik-adiks Tigers ! ! ! ! !

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What happen to CM Chong?
It's not listed in this news among the local Pro?
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'protecting' localplayers wont help them in the long run ....so what if mardan mamat plays? they need to learn to beat guys like him to win outside malaysia.

otherwise we will see this headline in 2030

'when will a local boy win MMO?'

look at the feeder tours in the USA you get ex PGA tour players there so those guys learn to win no matter what so when they get on PGA tour they are ready not afraid etc

you can see many rookies winning straight away on PGA tour

this would not happen if the Americans protected players from others.


For that, there is the Asian Development Tour. Our boys should strive to compete and do well at least at the regional stage.

For the PGM to remain close, the clear objective should be to foster development of the young boys... not for the old pros to cari makan
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young boys get developed in junior level
PGM to stay close doesnt do anything as end of day young/old pro have to compete with the big boys in the real world.thats why they have problems when coming up against the worlds best.

im for encouraging all malaysians ........... so good luck to them in MMO Smile
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Almost end of Rd 1, and only Shaaban Hussin is under par (-2, T-29). Danny & Ben Leong is +1 & that's T-82.

If this trend continues in Rd 2, only 1 Malaysian will make the cut.
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Looks like there'll only be 1 local boy playing this weekend. The rest will be outside the ropes, looking in Sad
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what a waste of slots ........ give it to guys who have tour cards
i mean some malaysians missed by about 20 shots so whats the point of this?
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what a waste of slots ........ give it to guys who have tour cards
i mean some malaysians missed by about 20 shots so whats the point of this?


Relaks la bang... Biasa lah. Rolling Eyes
Before game... I want to do this. I want to do that. During game wow today this happened, tomorrow I'll do it differently. After tournament.. You know what... The weather is not good. Had to play 27 holes in 1 day. Letih lah bang. Some more the supporter keep reminding me that I'm the only one left. Pressure tau!!

Come on. You are a professional. You do this for a living. It is just like work in case you don't know that. Stop complaining and starting improving if you can. If you can't I think you need to quit your job and look for another job.
It's not that I don't want to support Malaysian but to see what has been said. I really don't know.

My 2cts for reading too much excuses.
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Constructive critics are welcomed but blatantly comments i guess it's a waste of time. Shaaban did good but need more practise if he want to be top among Asian. Mental preparation are very important and i believe Shaaban are capable out there. Coming to MMO after tied at 13th during Handa Classic are already shows the sign what he would expect later. Competing against top Europeans are something he dream of and i believe he tried his best and he never surrender.

I wish him all the best in his journey. He knows well what every malaysian want and hes carrying that in every tournaments.

Steady Shaabann!
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sorry to offend dude but the truth sometimes hurts
my comments were constructive= give slots to those that are deserving and have worked hard to get their cards

shaaban did well for the player he is very streaky but cant keep his emotions under control

check out the winner louis o how emotionally stable he is/was
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