Sukree harbours treble hopes in Kijal

Sukree Othman © Arep Kulal/PGM

Kijal: Sukree Othman believes his form has peaked at the right time as he searches for his third straight title at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Terengganu Masters, which begins today.

The 35-year-old Sukree has won three titles on the burgeoning domestic circuit this year and harbours hope of securing his third consecutive victory at the RM220,000 (approximately US$70,000)  Asian Development Tour (ADT) co-sanctioned tournament staged at the Awana Kijal Golf Beach and Spa Resort.

“I’ve won three events this year and those were gifts from God. I worked very hard in my game and I’ve improved on my course management this year. The victories have really given me the confidence and I hope to continue my form this week,” said Sukree.

Sukree started playing on the Asian Tour in 2010 through a country exemption category and enjoyed his best finish in last year’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters where he placed tied fifth. He currently lies in 32nd place on the ADT Order of Merit and knows a victory next week will boost his chances of earning a 2013 Asian Tour card should he finish in the top three of the development tour’s money list at the end of the season.

“Playing on the ADT has given me good experience because you play with an international field. It is definitely my goal of earning an Asian Tour card next year through the ADT,” said Sukree.  “There’s definitely a home advantage for us but we can’t take it for granted. It is a strong field and we still have to work hard to win,” he added.

Current ADT Order of Merit leader Peter Richardson of England and second placed Luke Bleumink of Australia will headline the PGM Terengganu Masters alongside reigning PGM Order of Merit champion R. Nachimuthu, Nicholas Fung and Md Rashid Ismail.