KUALA LUMPUR – The Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) has set its sights on competing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.
PGM chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said local golfers must succeed in some of PGM’s events such as the PGM Asian Development Tour, PGM Closed Championship, PGM Tournament of Champions and PGM Development Qualifying School next year to enable them to compete in any Asian Tour competitions.
He said golfers have less than a year to prepare themselves to book their place by finishing among the top 300 in the world ranking before April 2015.
Only 60 golfers would be eligible to compete in the Olympics.
“Next year represents the most intense year to qualify for the Olympics. They can earn their tickets through sanctioned events such as those conducted by the American PGA, European Tour, Asian Tour and other sanctioned tournaments.
“Golfers also need to show their best performance through the Asian Development Tour (ADT) competitions which are equally challenging events.
“Apart from providing a platform for local golfers to upgrade their skills through the Asian Development Tour, the event can also offer them a chance to compete in the Asian Qualifying School which offers the top five a ticket to compete in Asian Tour,” he told reporters after unveiling the PGM Tour Calendar for 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) in Bukit Kiara, here today.
Ahmad Sarji said next year’s event would be beneficial to local professional golfers like Nicholas Fung, Mohd Arie Fauzi, Danny Chia, Airil Rizman Zahari, Gavin Kyle Green, Shaaban Hussin, Iain Steel, Khor Kheng-Hwai, Ben Leong and R. Nachimuthu.
Among them, Nicholas has a chance to improve his ranking which currently stands at 453 in the world. – BERNAMA