Malaysia’s Danny Chia will need strong finishes in this week’s Venetian Macau Open and the following UBS Hong Kong Open to get into the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.
After a fruitful two-week spell in Taiwan which saw him win the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and chalk up a top-10 finish at the Yeangder TPC, Chia is currently in eighth position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with US$199613.86.
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in China from November 5-8. If Chia gets in, he will become the first Malaysian to play in a World Golf Championships event.
“I am feeling very tired physically as I have played a series of tournaments for the last couple of months and haven’t had the chance to catch up on some rest. It has become very exciting since I won in Chinese Taipei last week. I will try my best to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions,” said the 42-year-old Malaysian, who already earned a spot in the US$7 million CIMB Classic as the highest ranked Malaysian on the world ranking.
Asian Tour Order of Merit (Top-10)
1. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) US$925484.65
2. Andrew DODT (AUS) US$377136.13
3. SSP CHAWRASIA (IND) US$267244.46
4. Scott HEND (AUS) US$258781.66
5. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) US$232740.13
6. Richard T. LEE (CAN) US$220317.65
7. Cameron SMITH (AUS) US$203518.66
8. Danny CHIA (MAS) US$199613.86
9. Marcus FRASER (AUS) US$181299.77
10. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) US$180305