Chia to juggle Japan and Asia

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Malaysia’s Danny Chia intends to split his time between the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour for the first half of 2018.

The 45-year-old has playing rights on both tours next season, having qualified for the Japanese circuit with a 19th place finish in the Final Qualifying Tournament in Ibaraki two weeks ago.

“I’ll probably get starts in 75 to 80% of the Japan Golf Tour events, which also depends on the re-rank, so we’ll see how it goes in the first half of 2018. I plan to spend two to three consecutive weeks there for each trip. If I do well, then we’ll look at spending more time in Japan later in the year” said Chia.

“I enjoy playing in Japan as it’s a new challenge and the standard there is quite high. The quality of the golf courses is consistent, especially the greens which will help me improve my putting” he added.

Chia has enjoyed an illustrious and groundbreaking career, becoming the first Malaysian to win on the Asian Tour in the 2002 Taiwan Open. He is also the first player from his country to make the cut in a Major, achieving the feat in the 2010 Open at St Andrews.

In 2013, Chia’s career suffered a temporary setback due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery. He returned to action in 2014 and the following year ended a 13-year title drought on the Asian Tour when he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

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