Over the years, Danny Chia has carried Malaysia’s hopes of winning the Maybank Malaysian Open and he is hoping to have another memorable outing 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.