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MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN KLGCC(MARCH2 1-24)
PLAYING at home puts additional pressure on Malaysian pro Danny Chia.
But it has not stopped Danny from giving his best in the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 40-year-old Danny, will spearhead the local charge of 22 Malaysian golfers, including six amateurs, for a shot at becoming the first local winner of the Open.
The heavily-tanned Danny agreed that he had struggled to live up to the high expectations especially in home tournaments.
“It is always nerve-wracking for me. It does not matter how many times I have played here. I always feel nervous,” said Danny, who has been playing in the event for more than a decade.
“I want to overcome all this but it is easier said than done. The minute I step up on the first tee, everything changes.
“Golf comes with a package, either you accept it or quit. Over the years, I have learned how to control my emotion and learn to be patience,” added Danny, who is the first Malaysian to play in all four rounds of the British Open in 2010.
But fret not, Danny will be banking on all his experience to put on a good show.
“I used to work with a psychologist about two or three years back. I stopped because of my travelling schedule,” he said.
“I am still using what I have learned and experience plays a part on how I can control my game.
“This year has been a good year so far. I see some improvement in my ball striking and my game. I have to give credit to my coach – Steven Giuliano.
“I have been working very closely with him and since December I have seen some improvement,” he said.
This year, Danny’s career took off on a positive note when he nailed the I & P Kinrara Classic in January and then followed it up with the PGM North-Port Glenmarie Masters on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) two weeks ago.
“The KLGCC is a good golf course and the layout is very challenging. You need to really drive the ball and hit solid iron shots.
“It will be a good challenge this week.”
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