Danny looking for calming effect

Danny Chia ©Asian Tour
Danny Chia ©Asian Tour

KUALA LUMPUR: Danny Chia is planning to adopt a more relaxed approach to his game after he carded a second round one-over-par 73 at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.

The two-time Asian Tour winner conceded he might have put too much pressure on himself during his maiden appearance at Asia’s richest tournament and plans to slow down as the weekend rounds loom.

“I probably tried way too hard over the last two days as I tried to force things and it was just not going my way. I need to slow down. Hopefully, I can relax and things will go my way,” said Chia.

The Malaysian number one opened his campaign with a 72 and could not surmount the charge he had hoped for after mixing his card with three bogeys and two birdies for a two-day total of one-over-par 145 at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

“It was more difficult especially with the swirling winds today. I played too much into the wind and got my bearings wrong most of the time with my irons,” said Chia.

Chia, who had difficulties tackling the par-fives on the opening day, however managed to find some consolation today with his two birdies coming on the par-five eight and 18.

“It was better with the par-five today. I hit lots of fairways and gave myself lots of opportunities with my second shot,” he added.