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Monday October 29, 2012

Malaysians Danny and Shaaban below par in showpiece event

Off it goes: Bo Van Pelt takes a shot from the bunker at the 18th hole during the final round yesterday. Off it goes: Bo Van Pelt takes a shot from the bunker at the 18th hole during the final round yesterday.

MALAYSIANS Danny Chia and Shaaban Hussin improved their final round scores but it was still not enough to take them up the rankings in the CIMB Classic at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.

Both posted under-par scores to end up in 43rd and 47th positions respectively. Danny took home US$45,000 while Shaaban picked up US$41,000.

Danny returned a four-under 67 while Shaaban came back with a three-under 68 in yesterday’s final round. Danny’s four-day total was three-under 281 while Shaaban had a one-over 285 total.

Danny, Malaysia’s top pro, felt he had done enough to redeem some pride after his sterling final round display.

“What is done is done. At least I can hold my head up. I can see some light ahead. It was a different day. I told myself to take whatever came my way and just play. It was more about pride today. I just wanted to finish with an under-par round to prove I am worthy of a place in the tournament,” said Danny.

He got off to a good start in the front nine coming in with birdies in the third, fifth and ninth holes. The only blemish being in the par-four eighth when he turned in a bogey. On the back nine he birdied the 10th and 15th.

Danny said he won’t let the disappointment last and move on.

“I can let it bother me for the rest of my career but I choose to forget it and move on. I will start all over again. I am still hitting the ball good. That is a positive sign.

“I need a break. I have been thinking about golf for the last six weeks. So a short break is in order before I start again.”

Shaaban on the other hand was happy with the improved showing on the final day.

“I am happy with my play today. It was a strong finish for me. The putting was great. There were many holes where I could hit on to the greens. There were holes where I hit the green and made birdies. It feels good,” said Shaaban.

However, overall, Shaaban was rather disappointed in his third outing in the CIMB Classics.

“This is a big event and it is easy to earn big money but in the three years that I have played, I have yet to cross the US$100,000 mark. Well, there is still next year to try and do it,” he said.

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