A Malaysian golf champion?

Last Sunday (April 17th) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an 18-year-old Italian won the 50th edition of the Malaysian Open golf tournament (officially it was the “Maybank Malaysian Open”, MMO. Maybank is Malaysia’s largest bank). Matteo Manassero brought home a tidy sum of US$416,660 as the champion against a field of three current Major winners. The victory placed him in the the top 35 in the world rankings.

Good for the young fella; well done!

But that is not my story this time, though. My story is about the plight of Malaysian golf. Again, no local golfers got any nearer to being the champion of the home Open. Out of 22 Malaysians who entered the field, only one — Danny Chia — made the cut. He eventually finished T-41 (with four other players).

No wonder then that the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib, urged Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) to develop home grown (junior) talents so that one day soon a Malaysian would be the one to hold aloft the trophy as a champion.

Perhaps the prime minister, himself an avid golfer (wonder what his handicap is), would have felt happier to hand over the trophy to a fellow Malaysian. Not to mention that Malaysians would love to see that happen,too. Well, fifty years, 300 golf courses, and we can’t produce a champion?

Golf is not easy, everybody knows that; nothing ever is. But do something about it. Big corporations should chip in to support the effort to breed Malaysian golfers who can swing with the rest of the best in the world, win a few tournaments here and there. If not in the PGA circuit, then at least in Asia and Europe.


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4 Responses to A Malaysian golf champion?

  1. Yes, agree…somebody need to support it. Golf suppose to be a great game in Malaysia…one day Malaysiangolfer.info will be part =)

  2. abe says:

    Serious efforts must be done especially at the grass-root level. We should start looking at Thailand and the Philippines as how they did it. I believe, they have a larger pool of young players and we can see from the number of players that they have competing in the Asian Tour. Having world class facilities but we can’t produce players worthy of a top placing in the Asian Tour. It’s sad isn’t it?

    • PakNgah says:

      Spot on, Abe! The current initiative by PGAM, holding a few tourneys for local pros is a great step in the right direction, yes? That’s for the present. For the future?

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