Veteran campaigner Danny Chia is looking forward to his sixth appearance in the CIMB Classic, which tees off tomorrow at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course.
The 44-year-old is enjoying a good run of form, coming off an 11th place finish at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan last week.
“It’s always great to play at home. I get to stay in my house with the family and this tournament is a special event where the top players in the world are playing,” said the two-time Asian Tour winner, whose best finish in the CIMB Classic came in 2011 when he tied for 13th at The Mines.
“In 2011, I was more familiar with the golf course at The Mines because I played there very often. But now that they have switched the course to TPC Kuala Lumpur, I’m not so familiar with the golf course. But for the last one and a half years, I’ve been playing here quite frequently so I’m feeling more comfortable with the golf course … I’m feeling good about the week,” he added.
Chia noted that his passion for golf remains as strong as ever. “I’ve a deep passion for golf. I like to play. If I continue to push myself, I’ll have a chance to improve. Especially at my age right now, if I don’t push myself, I think I’ll retire really soon. So to prevent that, I keep pushing myself every day,” he said.
Chia qualified for the event by winning the CIMB National Championship in July, which allocated one of two sponsor’s exemptions for Malaysian golfers. He tees off at 9.10am with Americans Scott Piercy and Ollie Schniederjans.
Two-time defending champion and World No 4 Justin Thomas headlines the elite field alongside World No 3 Hideki Matsuyama. For updates, go to www.cimbclassic.com