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Chia earns Japan Golf Tour card

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Malaysia’s Danny Chia reached another milestone in his illustrious golfing career when he qualified for the 2018 Japan Golf Tour with a 19th place finish in the Final Qualifying Tournament at Central Golf Club in Ibaraki.

Chia carded rounds of 69, 72, 69, 71, 66 and 71 to finish on 14-under-par in the gruelling 108-hole tournament and earn playing rights on the lucrative Japanese circuit.

2009 PGA Championship winner YE Yang of Korea topped the leaderboard on 23-under-par, one shot head of compatriot Back-Jun An and Japan’s Ryosuke Kinoshita.

Chia, 45, has achieved numerous firsts for Malaysian golf. He became the first Malaysian to win on the Asian Tour with victory at the 2002 Taiwan Open and also became the first player from his country to make the cut in a Major in the 2010  Open at St Andrews. In 2015, Chia ended a 13-year title drought on the Asian Tour when he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

Results (Top 20) (note: tied players are ranked using a countback system) 
1. YE Yang – 409 (-23) (70-73-70-65-67-64)
2. Back-Jun An – 410 (-22) (69-70-70-69-66-66)
3. Ryosuke Kinoshita – 410 (-22) (69-68-68-65-68-72)
4. Anthony Quayle – 411 (-21) (70-68-69-68-65-71)
5. Shouhei Karimata – 412 (-20) (68-68-70-68-65-73)
6. Gunn Charoenkul – 413 (-19) (70-68-71-67-67-70)
7. Takashi Iwamoto – 415 (-17) 70-72-70-68-68-67
8. Koki Furuta – 415 (-17) (73-66-71-70-68-67)
9. Taichi Nabetani – 415 (-17) (66-70-69-69-70-71)
10. Kodai Ichihara – 417 (-15) (74-68-72-70-65-68)
11. KT Kwon – 417 (-15) (73-69-71-68-68-68)
12. Jin-Sung Kim – 417 (-15) (71-74-69-67-67-69)
13. Inn-choon Hwang – 417 (-15) (72-70-70-69-67-69)
14. Eric Sugimoto – 417 (-15) (72-70-68-69-70-68)
15. Narutoshi Yamaoka – 417 (-15) (70-68-68-73-70-68)
16. Evans Andrew – 417 (-15) (75-67-68-64-70-73)
17. Ren Takeuchi – 418 (-14) (75-74-68-69-67-65)
18. Chang-woo Lee – 418 (-14) (70-69-73-69-67-70)
19. Danny China – 418 (-14) (69-72-69-71-66-71)
20. Toru Nakajima – 418 (-14) (67-70-71-71-66-73)

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