PETALING JAYA: Former national No.1 golfer Danny Chia will turn 48 this Sunday, but don’t expect him to slow down.
The two-time Asian Tour champion will be out to regain his Japan Golf Tour (JGT) playing rights he lost two years ago through the Qualifying School (Q-School) in two weeks’ time.
Danny has made the final stage, which will be held at the Royal Golf Club in Hokota City, Ibaraki from Dec 8-11, after passing the opening hurdle with flying colours last week.
Danny came out tops in the 79-man contest at the Itsuurateien Country Club in Fukushima last Friday, carding rounds of 72,65,70 and 67 for a 14-under 274 to comfortably book one of 13 spots up for grabs.
“Winning the first stage was a massive confidence booster for me, hopefully I’ll be able to carry this momentum into the final stage, ” said Danny, who is the first Malaysian to play all four rounds of a Major at the 2010 British Open.
It is not yet finalised how many berths will be made available in Ibaraki, but the final stage is expected to promote at least 10 players to the main Tour for next season.
Danny made his JGT debut in 2018 after securing his card from the 2017 Q-School, but failed to impress and lost the playing privilege the same year.
And his efforts to regain it in the last two Q-Schools proved futile.“The qualifying here is very competitive. There are so many good Japanese golfers pursuing their dream to play on the main Tour, ” said Danny.
“If things don’t work out for me, I’ll just take it easy and play whatever is available.”
Regardless of the outcome, Danny can still ply his trade in Japan as he holds a full card for the Challenge Tour (JGT’s secondary circuit).
He came close to winning a first title there when he lost in the playoff at the Novil Final in Ibaraki in 2018.
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