Shaaban Hussin helped Malaysia to a one-point lead at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia grabbed a slim one-point lead over Singapore on the opening day of the Prudential Causeway Trophy golf championship at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore.
Playing under the foursome format yesterday, Shaaban Hussin conjured a wonderfully imaginative chip-in for an eagle at the par-five 18th hole. It secured him and Sukree Othman a tense one-hole win over Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Lam Zhi Qun to give Malaysia a 3½-2½ advantage.
“I’ll remember that shot for a long time,” said Shaaban, referring to the audacious chip.
Chong Chee Ming, Malaysia’s non-playing captain, said: “What an incredible finish to the first day. There was some excellent golf and it’s all set up for a thrilling weekend. Our players are in high spirits and in a happy position.”
Malaysia started well with Nicholas Fung and Khor Kheng Hwai racing to a 4 & 2 victory over Singapore’s Goh Kun Yang and Poh Eng Wah.
Iylia Jamal-Kenneth de Silva also emerged victorious for Malaysia by beating Koh Dengshan and Mardan Mamat. The other half-a-point was contributed by Rashid Ismail-Iain Steel in their match against M. Murugiah-Justin Han.
Today, both the teams will be involved in the four-ball format involving six matches. Twelve singles’ clashes will be held on the final day tomorrow.