Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group
We are delighted to have sponsored this competition over the past four days as Malaysia's top golfers compete for the coveted spot at the upcoming CIMB Classic 2017. Our heartiest congratulations to Danny Chia who played a solid game and showed tremendous skill to clinch the championship title. We look forward to having him represent Malaysia at CIMB Classic 2017, where many of the world's top golfers will compete for a total prize purse of US$7million. Our commitment is to continue growing the game in Malaysia and to make the CIMB Classic an enjoyable experience for both golfers and non-golfers alike, and we look forward to welcoming all of them at the TPC KL from 12 to 15 October 2017.
Today was by far the hardest event that I had to fight back. Getting into the CIMB Classic again is great, and winning this event, beating Gavin in a play-off is very satisfying. I made it very hard for myself. Straight off the second hole, I made a triple bogey there and for some reason it always happens to me. It’s happened so many times that it wasn’t hard for me to come back from it.
After the triple, I told myself ‘let’s play like it’s match play’ and let’s try to beat Ben Leong and Amir (Nazrin) on every hole and see what happens. It worked out well for me and I’m really pleased with that. The reason why I used this strategy was that there is no meaning finishing second in this event. My main goal was to win this tournament and get back into the CIMB Classic. I also haven’t won in a while and I didn’t want a second place. I just went all out. I’m very relieved to get into the tournament again
The last two days, something unusual happened as I putted really well at TPC KL. Normally I can’t read the greens here too well but this week, I putted well and I hope it’ll give me the confidence at the CIMB Classic. I love this layout, so if I can putt well here, I’m going to be feeling confident.
I’ve missed so many putts this whole week which was annoying as I was hitting it good. It was a close fight to get into a play-off, third time in a row – last year in the Asian Development Tour, last year here with Ben and now today. I was saying here we go again. But the positive thing is that I’m hitting it solid and I’m looking ahead for next week (TAKE Solutions Masters in India). It’s nice for the putts to drop but if it drops next week, I’ll be more than okay with that for sure.
I should also get into the CIMB Classic through the Asian Tour Order of Merit, which is also good as the money earned at the event will count towards the Order of Merit unlike qualifying from this tournament.
I had looks for birdies on both the play-off holes. Didn’t have a good lie on both the approach shots but I gave myself looks. Danny won it with a birdie, he played solid the whole week. He made the putt to win.
Amir Nazrin Jailani
I’m happy. I just enjoyed myself. Told myself in the morning that I had nothing to lose and to just go for it. I missed my shot on 14, it was still on the green on the right but it was a tough putt from there. My long putts were not good and I left the first putt short and missed the par attempt.
On the last hole, I knew I had to birdie it to get into the play-off. It was a right to left putt but I hit it too firm and the ball went through the break. I wasn’t too disappointed really. This week, I learned a lot by playing with our top players. You just see that they stay patient and never give up.