(File pix) Golfer Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz aims to secure his Asian Tour card this season. Pix by Osman Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: Promising golfer Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz aims to secure his Asian Tour card this season. To do that, the youngster will need to finish in the top five of the Asian Development Tour (ADT).

“I have to finish in the top-five to get a tour card,” said Daeng who is doing well in the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) circuit.

Daeng finished joint third (seven strokes behind winner, Sukree Othman) at the recent PGM Perlis Closed. He said: “I was hitting well for 15 holes but my putting wasn’t going the way I wanted to and I ended up making mistakes on the last three holes.”

The 18-year-old made his professional debut in 2015, and in the same year he became the youngest Malaysian player to win on the PGM circuit.

He won the RM180,000 PGM Danau Closed by a single stroke, ahead of compatriot Sukree.

But following that win, Daeng learnt that life as a professional is not a walk in the park.

“(Last year) I realised that playing professionally and internationally is really tough. I have to work really hard.”

Daeng represented Malaysia at the 2015 Sea Games in Singapore alongside Galven Kendall Green, Amir Nazrin Jailani and Bryan Wiyang Teoh where they finished fifth in the men’s team event. He was also the best Malaysian finisher in the men’s individual at tied 13.

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