SEA Games: Young Daeng hoping for a golden debut in Singapore

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 31 May 2015

Daeng won the MPI-Saujana title last weekend.

PETALING JAYA: Golfer Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz believes he can only get better.

The 15-year-old hopes to pick up his third title in as many months when he tees off at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club in his SEA Games debut on June 9.

Daeng was just one-year-old when Malaysia last won the men’s team gold at the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Games through Airil Rizman Zahari, S. Sivachandhran, Shaaban Hussin and Sahal Saedin.

Daeng’s confidence is at an all-time high after having notched two senior titles at the PGM Danau Closed Championship in late April and the MPI-Saujana Amateur Championship last week.

The Danau Closed Championship victory was impressive as Daeng upstaged the professionals to become the youngest-ever winner in history on the PGM Tour.

“To be able to win two senior titles in a span of two months is just fulfilling,” said Daeng, who intends to turn professional when he reaches 18.

“But I’m hungry for more glory. I want to keep the momentum going and the only right thing to do is to continue producing results in even bigger events.

“My next target is the SEA Games and then Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (in Hong Kong from Oct 1-4).

“My putting has been fantastic of late. I one-putted many holes and some of them were long putts at the Saujana Championship.

“If I can improve on my approach shots, then I can definitely shoot even lower rounds at the Games.

“The Thai are the favourites as usual while the Singaporeans have home ground advantage. But we do have equal chances of winning.

“I’m aware that Malaysia last won the gold in 2001. We will do our best to bring back glory to the country,” added Daeng.

Malaysia are lining up an all-rookie squad. Besides Daeng, the others are 16-year-olds Galven Kendall Green and Bryan Teoh and Amir Nazrin Jailani, 18.

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