Golf series has Malaysian fans yearning for international action

Smith and his caddie with the trophy after the former won at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago, alongside Peter Uihlein (second from left) and Johnson (right). — AFP

AS THE LIV Golf Series prepares to visit Thailand for its sixth tournament this year, there are swathes of local fans who are just as keen on watching the pros in action.

And it comes after British Open champion Cameron Smith, who won the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago, said he was eager to take the tournament series to new international audiences.

Speaking to MetroSport, O. Lee, a single handicapper from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, said he would definitely catch the LIV Series should it come to Malaysia.

“A few friends and I were thinking of visiting Bangkok to watch the LIV Series but due to work commitments, it is not possible.

“Having said that, we will almost surely make arrangements to watch the Series when they return to this part of the world.

“Of course, it would be even better if the LIV series could visit Malaysia in the future.

“The calibre of players is world class, and their fields include major championship winners and world number ones.

“Who wouldn’t want to go and watch players like Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen in action?

“Some of these players did tour here in Malaysia and we watched them then, including Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods,” said Lee.

Malaysia has not hosted a PGA Tour event since the last of the nine CIMB Classic tournaments was played at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (then known as TPC Kuala Lumpur) in 2018.

The last Sime Darby Malaysia tournament was held at the same venue in 2017 while the Malaysian Open, sanctioned by the Asian Tour, was last played at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam in Selangor, in 2020.

This LIV Series event will be held at Stonehill in Ban Ngiu, just north of Bangkok in Thailand, from Oct 7 to 9 with the next tournament lined up at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Oct 14 to 16.

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