PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Danny Chia carded a final round one-under 71 to finish 67th at the US$8.5mil (RM37mil) WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
It was Danny’s best round at the Sheshan International Golf Club and he went on to finish with a two-over 290. The 42-year-old collected US$42,750 (RM186,300) in the 78-man no-cut tournament.
Russell Knox of Scotland emerged champion after shooting a 68 for a 20-under 268. Knox won by two strokes over American Kevin Kisner to take home US$1.4mil (RM6.1mil).
Starting from the 10th tee, world No. 235 Danny got off to a decent start with birdies on the 12th and 18th to reach the turn at 34.
But he endured a yo-yo return journey, trading three birdies with two bogeys and one double bogey.
Despite falling short of his own high standards, Danny was pleased with his World Golf Championship debut outing.
“The HSBC Champions is the biggest tournament I have played in since the British Open (in 2010 where he finished joint 55th). To be part of this week’s elite field makes me feel great,” said Danny.
“The standard is very high and I’m looking forward to qualifying for more of these events again.”
There will be no rest for Danny as he will be competing in his 13th straight tournament at this week’s World Classic Championship in Singapore.
The US$750,000 (RM3.27mil) Asian Tour event gets under way on Thursday.
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