Veteran Lu Charges to Victory

July 18: Former golfing powerhouse Lu Chien-soon beat Antonio Lascuna on the second extra hole to win the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia today to make amends for losing in a play-off last weekend.

Lu splashed out from sand to a foot on the par-five 18th to make a birdie four at Saujana Golf and Country Club against Lascuna’s par. The 50 year old Taiwanese golfer should have won on the first play-off hole but missed a four foot downhill putt.

The victory is the continuation of a remarkable comeback by Lu who only started playing again this year after an eight year lay-off caused by back problems.

Lu, who nursed his back with herbal medicine and wine, has won twice this year in Taiwan and lost on the fourth play-off hole last week against Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing in the Salcon Negri Masters also in Malaysia.
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Thumbs up for Junior Clinic

July 17: The Mercedes-Benz Tour Junior Clinic, held after the third round of the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia, proved to be a resounding success and an indication of just how popular the game is at junior level.

Nearly 60 juniors attended the clinic, which was held on the driving range at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

Leading professionals Lim Eng Seng and Khor Kheng Hwai from Malaysia and Filipino Michael Bibat were on hand to teach the basics of the game.

The juniors had entered through the recent Mercedes-Benz Tour Roadshow in Kuala Lumpur and the SportExcel programme.

The participants also had the pleasure of using Callaway golf junior sets. More junior clinics will be staged in the future as the Mercedes-Benz Tour continues to grow.

Lu Cruises into Lead

July 17: Taiwan’s Lu Chien-soon rolled back the years to take the lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia today at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

The 50 year old, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title in 1983 and 1989, fired a two-under-par 70 for a one stroke lead over Filipino Marvin Dumandan.

Dumandan returned a 67 and lies a stroke ahead of compatriots Antonio Lascuna and Mars Pucay.
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Muda Makes his Move in Mercedes-Benz Masters

July 16: Shaifubari Muda made the most of playing on his home course today to take the halfway lead in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

Muda, who has been the touring professional at Saujana for the past 10 years, carded a four-under-par 68 to lead the US$60,000 event on nine-under-par 135.

He lies one shot ahead of comeback king Lu Chien-soon from Taiwan who came in with the same score. Lu, aged 50, only started playing the game again this season following an eight year lay-off caused by back problems.

Joint first round leader S. Siva Chandran from Malaysia returned a 73 to fall five behind the leader.
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Malaysian Pair Seize Lead at Saujana

July 15: Malaysians S. Siva Chandran and Shaifubari Muda seized the first round lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia today at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

They both shot five-under-par 67s in the Mercedes-Benz Tour event to lie ahead of Taiwanese veteran Lu Chien-soon and Mars Pucay and Marvin Dumandan from the Philippines, who all returned 68.

A host of top names are in contention with Singapore’s Quincy Quek shooting 69, and Malaysia’s Iain Steel and Felix Casas from the Philippines on 70.

Singaporean Lam Chih Bing, who beat Lu in a play-off for the Salcon Negri Masters on Sunday, carded a 71.
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Red Hot Lam Set for Saujana Test

July 14: Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing starts this week’s US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia as hot favourite following an inspired run of form on Malaysian soil.

He won the Salcon Negri Masters on Sunday and finished runner-up in the Heritage Melaka Classic last month leaving few in doubt that he will feature prominently when this week’s tournament tees-off tomorrow at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am definitely on a roll at the moment. It is nice to be consistently putting results together. I have not been getting ahead of myself and have just been taking it round by round. The same will apply this week so hopefully I can keep it going,” said Lam.
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Road Show Draws the Crowds

June 27: Some of Malaysia’s top professional golfers gathered at the Bangsar Village Shopping Centre today to take part in the Mercedes-Benz Tour Road Show.

Anis Helmi Hassan, Lim Eng Seng, and Sukree Othman attended a ‘meet and greet the players’ session at the event which aims to promote the Tour and next month’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia.

The Tour boasts eight tournaments this season with the next one being the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club. The event is being played from July 15 to 18 and boasts prize money of U$$60,000.
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Next Stop Saujana

Kuala Lumpur, June 18: The Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia will return to Saujana Golf and Country Club this year and once again attract some of the most gifted young professionals in the region.

The tournament will be played from July 15 to 18 and boast prize money of US$60,000 – an increase of US$10,000 from last year.

Malaysian Ben Leong claimed the inaugural title last season and will return this year. He was joined at a press conference today at Saujana to announce details of the event by compatriot Danny Chia.

The Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia is the fifth tournament on this year’s eight-leg Mercedes-Benz Tour and will see a full field of 144 players compete.
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