Olympic Dream Stays Alive for Malaysian Chia

Danny Chia triumphed at Bukit Jawa.
Danny Chia triumphed at Bukit Jawi.

Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: Danny Chia fired a flawless five-under-par 67 to retain his title at the RM200,000 (about US$46,000) PGM Bukit Jawi Championship and keep alive his dream of representing Malaysia in August’s Olympic Games.

Chia’s winning total of 18-under-par 270 saw him sign off his campaign at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event with a five-shot victory over compatriots Gavin Green and Ben Leong at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort.

Green, who led the ADT event after the first two rounds, posted a 71 to share second place with Leong, who closed with a 69.

Thai Itthipat Buranatanyarat together with Americans Lexus Keoninh and Johannes Veerman tied for fourth place on 276.

Holding the overnight lead, Chia was determined for another podium finish, having lost out at the PGM Palm Resort Championship two weeks ago when Thailand’s Sutijet Kooratanapisan closed with a brilliant 60.

“I’m feeling great right now. I kept my composure throughout the round. I have been on the right track to qualify for the Olympics. I have been doing well. It’s great to win after coming close a couple of weeks back,” said Chia.

“I didn’t drive the ball well today but I scrambled well. I made some good recovery shots out there,” added the 43-year-old.

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