Battle among locals to play in lucrative CIMB Asia Pacific Classic

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 Malaysian professional golfers will battle for a spot to play in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia golf championship in the national qualifiers from June 29-July 1 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Seri Kembangan.

The three-day qualifiers will see golfers compete in a 54-hole tournament where the field will be cut to 60 players plus ties after 36 holes.

Among local professionals looking to win the spot to play in the inaugural Classic from Oct 28-31 are Ahmad Tarmizee Mohd Nazri, Airil Rizman, Ben Leong, Danny Chia, Iain Steele, P. Gunasagaran and S. Sivachandran.

Danny, the current leader in the Professional Golf Association Malaysia (PGAM) Order of Merit, said that the opportunity to play in the region’s first PGA Tour sanctioned event is something he would not want to miss.

“Malaysian professional golfers need more opportunities like this to help draw attention to the wealth of local talent in the country,” he said.

The Classic will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a US$6mil prize purse, with the winner taking home US$1mil.

The top 25 available players from the PGA Tour’s final FedEx Cup standings will qualify for the Classic and they will be joined by the top 10 players from the current Asian Tour Order of Merit. The tournament will also feature five players under sponsor exemptions.

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