03 October 2010

Golf Malaysia Magazine - The Official Media Partner of Iskandar Johor Open 2010

Iskandar Johor Open Gearing Up!
Based on the list of eligible players after the cutoff date late last week, at least 22 local professionals are qualified to be in the illustrious field of the US$1.25 million
(approximately RM4 million) Iskandar Johor Open 2010 at the 6,271-metre,
par-72 Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club from October 14 to 17, 2010.
Shouldering the nation’s challenge at one of the biggest Asian Tour events
will be the undisputed Malaysia’s Number One, Danny Chia, who qualified for
the field having finished 29th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit (OOM) last
year. For the record, top 65 players from the Asian Tour OOM 2009
automatically qualified for the championship.
Danny, 38, made history by becoming the first Malaysian male professional to
make the cut at a major championship when he completed the British Open at
the Old Course of St. Andrews, Scotland in July on two-over-par 290, which
put him ahead of the likes of Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter of England,
European captain Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and former Masters champion
Zach Johnson.
Buoyed by that performance, where he figuratively had one monkey lifted off
his back, Danny will be looking at a better showing in the fourth edition of
the Iskandar Johor Open.
Besides Danny, two other local players qualified based on their rankings on
the Asian Tour OOM 2009. Iain Steel, whose tied fourth finish in 2008 is the
record best for Malaysians at the Iskandar Johor Open,  was ranked 53rd on
the OOM and Shaaban Hussin who ended last season ranked 65th.
Other notable Malaysians in the field are 2008 Worldwide Selangor Masters
champion, Ben Leong, 2007 Pakistan Open champion Airil Rizman Zahari,
current Asian Development Tour and Professional Golfers Association of
Malaysia’s Order of Merits leader, S. Sivachandran and M. Sasidaran.
Ten slots are provided to the top ten local players on the PGAM Order of
Merit who are otherwise not exempted. In addition, the top five players from
the recent Malaysian Qualifier also made it to the field.
Local players can still try to qualify for the Iskandar Johor Open via the
International Qualifier, which will take place on October 4 at Horizon Hills.
There are three slots on offer for the qualifying round, which is open
to regional, international as well as local professionals holding a valid Professional
Card from recognised Golf Clubs and Professional Golf Associations.
The top three players who return with the lowest gross score will win the
chance to play in the Iskandar Johor Open under the Qualifier Winners

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