Que sinks two aces ahead of Selangor Masters
19 Jul 2011 - 13:30:06
Title holder Angelo Que amazingly shot two holes-in-one in preparation for his defence of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters which starts Wednesday.
The bubbly Filipino, who has never produced an ace in his career previously, fired the magical shots on Tuesday at the par three sixth and 14th holes at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, which is hosting the 1.2 million ringgit ($400,000) Asian Tour event for the first time.
Que was thrilled with his sterling effort with a six iron and pitching wedge respectively, which officials believe was a first in Asian Tour history.
"I couldn't have asked for a better start. I've never had a hole-in-one in my life and all of the sudden, I have two in one day!" said a delighted Que.
Whether it was sheer luck, Que knows he must be on his best form to defend his title against the likes of Bangladeshi sensation Siddikur, ranked second on the Order of Merit and South African Jbe Kruger, who is fourth in the rankings.
Malaysia's Shaaban Hussin, Danny Chia, Iain Steel and Ben Leong, winner of the event in 2008, will spearhead the local challenge while India's Anirban Lahiri and American Berry Henson, two of this season's winners, are also in the field.
Two years ago, Shaaban contended at the Selangor Masters when it was staged on his home course at Seri Selangor Golf Club. The slender Malaysian is ready to throw in his challenge again but knows he must tame the slick greens at Kota Permai.
"My game feels good now. I've got my confidence back. In my last few tournaments, I've played a lot of under-par rounds. I'm striking the ball good. My putting seems to be working which is going to be important," said the Malaysian.
A return to Malaysia has brought back good vibes for Henson.
"I love it in Malaysia. It's a great golf course this week, a good test. You have to think quite a bit around here. I think preparation and course management will play a big role," said the 32-year-old Californian.
Lahiri was triumphant at the inaugural Panasonic Open (India) earlier in the season and after taking a well deserved break to rest his injured shoulder, the young Indian is ready to compete for a second Asian Tour title.
"The shoulder is feeling much better. It'll be a challenging week as we've got a good field. My game is feeling good and I'm feeling quite confident," said Lahiri.