Chia eyes Fanling surprise

Danny Chia ©Arep Kulal
Danny Chia ©Arep Kulal

HONG KONG: Danny Chia is banking on another ‘feel-good’ factor as he targets a grandstand finish at the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open which starts on Thursday.

The Malaysian’s confidence has been hugely boosted by his recent win in Chinese Taipei and he feels he could spring another surprise on the galaxy of stars who have arrived at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

“I started to have more belief in myself after that win in Taiwan. I realised I can achieve more than what I can actually do. It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Chia.

Chia ended his 13-year wait for another Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei earlier this month. Victory was especially sweet for the 42-year-old as he was almost forced out of the game by a career-threatening shoulder injury.

“To be honest, I was quite pleased with how I’ve been playing since my surgery. I’ve been playing in lots of good events and striking the ball very consistently. So that victory (Mercuries Taiwan Masters) did not come as a big surprise as I knew that win would come sooner or later,” said Chia.

Chia is feeling buoyant ahead of this week’s Hong Kong showpiece and heads into battle with similar sentiments as felt in Chinese Taipei.

“I’ve that same feeling and it’s just a matter of my course management around this golf course. If I can do it, I should do well again,” said Chia, who is joined by compatriot Nicholas Fung in the field for the 56th staging of Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event.