PETALING JAYA: Former national golfer M. Ramayah (pic) has passed away at the age of 67.
He passed away at 10.20am on Monday (March 6) at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM in Cheras, after battling cancer since last month.
Ramayah was diagnosed with stage four spinal cancer.
He is survived by his wife Pathma and 14-year-old daughter, Bhakialakshmi.
Ramayah was Malaysia’s No. 1 golfer and a name to be reckoned with in the region between 1976 and 1997.
He has played in 13 World Cups and is one of a few local golfers who has played with Tiger Woods, playing in the same flight as the American when Malaysia hosted the 1999 edition.
Ramayah and partner P. Gunasegaran represented the country in the tournament won by Woods and his partner Mark O’Meara.
Ramayah and Gunasegaran also finished ninth at the 1994 World Cup in Puerto Rico – still the best achievement by a Malaysian pair.