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Wednesday October 24, 2012

Danny dreams of being drawn with 14-time Major champ


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Danny Chia made heads turn with a superb debut in last year’s CIMB Classic, when he finished tied for13th at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.

This year, Danny is dreaming of being paired up with 14-time Major champion Tiger Woods during one of the four rounds.

“If I play well enough, it shouldn’t be a problem to be drawn with him (Woods). It would be fantastic. I’ve played in a lot of events that he’s played in as well, but never played good enough to get a pairing with him. So hopefully I can get to play with Tiger,” he said.

Along with Shaaban Hussin, Danny will carry Malaysia’s challenge in the elite 48-man tournament, which carries a total prize fund of US$6.1mil. The winner will take home a cool US$1.3mil in the event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.

Danny, who will play the first round with American Jeff Overturn, produced a spirited fight in last year’s CIMB Classic, playing the third round with Fijian ace Vijay Singh after battling into contention.

He hopes to feature on the leaderboard this week as he has been practising at the Mines Resort regularly since starting work with swing coach Steven Giuliano, who is attached to the club’s golf academy.

“Yeah, I’m quite happy to be here.

“I think it’s a golf course that you need to drive the ball really well here. Once you hit good drives, you can shoot very low. You can get a lot of birdies, especially when this year’s conditions are even better than last year,” he explained.

Currently 60th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, Danny admitted that he has endured a roller-coaster season with six missed cuts in 14 starts. He enjoyed a top-five at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters last month.

“By the look of the results, it isn’t that good. But as I say, I’ve been working with Steven, so a lot of things we are giving time for me to get used to. I’m changing my back swing and working on a new way of how to read the greens. All of these things take time,” he said.


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