Ben to bank on experience, familiarity with course
Published on: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Malaysian golfer Ben Leong will be banking on his 2015 CIMB Classic debut experiences and familiarity with the course for a better outing in this edition at the TPC's West Course here, starting Thursday.The 32-year-old Sabahan, who was tied 64 among 78 players in 2015, admitted he had learned a lot in his debut and was prepared to take on the big boys, despite being surprised at the invitation to play in the tournament.

"You pretty much cannot mess up here on the PGA Tour, these guys are just that good and you kind of cannot have a bad round here. One bad round and that's it, your chances of, well, do not say winning, your chances of finishing high are very low.

"Everything is superb and only the weather is a bit bothersome, but, all in all, it is good. It is good to be back and to be playing on the PGA Tour. I think the scores are going to be the same as before, they are going to be low because the conditions are great," he said in the pre-tournament press conference here, Wednesday.

The Asian Tour professional said after a 10-month renovation, the fairways and greens at the course were now firmer to keep the ball rolling even in rain.

Leong, who is ranked 360 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), was offered a place in the tournament as the second highest-ranked Malaysian, after the country's top golfer Gavin Kyle Green (188) chose to play in the European Tour.

"It is kind of a shock definitely, I never expected to be here sitting getting interviewed. A big thank you to Gavin, who withdrew and gave me this chance… Definitely wish him well and cannot wait to team up with him in the World Cup.

"He texted me and said, you know, go get it, go have fun...It was great. He was a real gentleman. Maybe I will name my second son Gavin…Gavin definitely gave me a lot of luck," he said.

Leong and Kim Leun Kwang, 23, who won the CIMB National Championship two weeks ago, were the only two Malaysians competing at the 78-man field over the weekend. – Bernama


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