Golf: Malaysia out for revenge

Golf: Malaysia out for revenge

Buoyed by the juniors' victory on Wednesday, Malaysia are bent on turning the tables on Singapore in the three-day Prudential Causeway Trophy which tees off at Laguna National's World Classic course this morning.

The Malaysian juniors won a tight battle 7-5 on the same course and the seniors are expecting to ride on that success in the Ryder Cup-style competition.

Malaysian non-playing captain Chong Chee Ming said yesterday: "My team are determined to atone for last year's surprise 15½-8½ thrashing.

"We have seven players here who were in the team that experienced defeat in 2013 and I can promise you that they're not here to lose twice.

"There's a good spirit and determination among our team members."

However, one of Malaysia's key players, the experiened Rashid Ismail, is injured and will sit out this morning's foursomes.

Rashid hurt his back slightly during a practice round at Laguna on Wednesday and has withdrawn from the foursomes in the eagerly-awaited second edition of the team match-play event.

"It's disappointing for Rashid and for our team," said Chong.

"He's resting and receiving treatment and we're hopeful that he'll recover sufficiently to take part in the fourballs (tomorrow) and singles (on Sunday)."

According to the Causeway Trophy rules, Rashid's absence means the game in which he was due to play alongside Iain Steel against Singaporeans Madasamy Murugiah and Justin Han is deemed a draw, with each team being awarded a half-point.

That means a total of five points will be up for grabs today at the Classic Course, regarded as one of the most demanding championship layouts in Asia.

"Our players have been practising hard and are looking forward to the challenge," said Mohd Said, Singapore's non-playing captain.

"We're expecting a tough contest and we know we'll have to be at our best to retain the Trophy."

In what promises to be an intriguing clash, Goh Kun Yang and Poh Eng Wah have been handed the task of leading off for Singapore against Khor Kheng Hwai and Nicholas Fung, one of Malaysia's form players.

Playing directly behind them will be the vastly-experienced Mardan Mamat (above) and the upcoming Koh Dengshan who will square off with Iylia Jamal and Kenneth de Silva.

Mardan, who played in yesterday's pro-am and had registered a four-under 67 in an SPGA event two months ago, said: "The Malaysians look strong this time. We need to chalk up the points in the foursomes and fourballs. We are confident but, on this course, you need a bit of luck."

TODAY'S FOURSOME PAIRINGS (SINGAPOREANS FIRST):

7.30am: Goh Kun Yang/Poh Eng Wah v Nicholas Fung/Khor Kheng Hwai.

7.40am: Koh Dengshan/Mardan Mamat v Iylia Jamal/Kenneth de Silva.

7.50am: Choo Tze Huang/Chang Ren Chiat v Danny Chia/Hans Jamil.

8am: Quincy Quek/Marc Kawasoe v S. Sivachandhran/Kemarol Baharin.

8:10am: Lam Chih Bing/Lam Zhi Qun v Sukree Othman/Shaaban Hussin.


This article was first published on June 20, 2014.
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