Barnes shows his charisma during coaching clinic

KUALA LUMPUR: With his disarmingly easy-going nature, Ricky Barnes charmed the fans at the Chang Golf Clinic, held on the sidelines of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia at the Mines Resort and Golf Club yesterday.

The 30-year-old American spent half an hour fielding questions on swing techniques, his practice routines as well as his form this season.

He chatted with the clinic’s participants and also went through the clubs in his bag, demonstrating to the appreciative crowd the techniques to shape golf shots, hitting fades and draws.

“The key here this week is to putt well, which unfortunately, I have not been (doing) as well as I hoped for,” said the Californian, who finished tied 11th in the championship last year.

“But being an optimist, I would like to think that I’ll be able to shoot some low scores and challenge for the top five or even top three finish.”

Barnes produced his best performance as he carded a five-under 66 to move into the top 20 bracket on seven-under 206.

Barnes, who also took time to sign autographs and pose for photos, shot 69 and 71 in the first two rounds.

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