Danny almost certain to earn slot in prestigious CIMB Asia Pacific Classic

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Danny Chia is in with a chance to play with some of the best golfers in the world at the US$6.1mil CIMB Asia Pacific Classic tournament which will be held at the Mines Golf and Country Club from Oct 27-30.

This year two local golfers will get a chance to play in the tournament which was inaugurated last year.

Shaaban Hussin has already secured one of the places after winning the National qualifiers last month. The second place will go to the highest ranked Malaysia golfer in the international ranking. Last year only one Malaysian was given the chance to play in the prestigious tournament and it was also Shaaban who earned the spot by winning the qualifier.

Danny is currently ranked 35 in the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit with a total earning of US$52,534. The next highest Malaysian golfer is Sukree Othman in 92nd position with US$17,181 followed by Shaaban Hussin with US$14,367 in 96th place. Danny improved his rankings after his 20th place finish in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan on Sunday which earned him US$17,088.

The top 10 players from the Asian Order of Merit qualify automatically for the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic tournament.

Japanese star Tetsuji Hiratsuka has taken over the top spot on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit from long-time pacesetter S.S.P. Chowrasia of India following his victory at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open on Sunday.

Hiratsuka overhauled Chowrasia, winner of the season-opening Avantha Masters, with his winner’s cheque of US$384,000 to take his season’s tally to US$435,817.

Chowrasia, who has earned US$410,653 this year, missed the halfway cut in Japan last week to slip back to second position.

South Africa’s Jbe Kruger moved up to third place after finishing fourth in the Panasonic Open to take his earnings to US$252,817.

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