Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Is a hole-in-one, or bet­ter yet, the re­turn of the Malaysian Open.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY PA­TRICK HO

Cel­e­brate Christ­mas and make a few wishes for your game.

Ev­ery year, mil­lions world­wide make Christ­mas wishes and New Year’s res­o­lu­tions.

We nor­mally make wishes with the hope for bet­ter things to come and for hap­pi­ness.

Some may wish for a higher pay­ing job, while oth­ers dream of that dream home that they have been slog­ging their whole lives for.

In golf, mil­lions have al­ways wished for a new set of irons or that lat­est state-of the art driver. For most, like me, we al­ways wish for a hole-in-one.

Per­son­ally, apart from not get­ting a hole-in-one-yet, I’ve en­joyed many achieve­ments.

I have won nu­mer­ous team events, with the first com­ing in the MAS Me­dia Team Chal­lenge in 2005. This was fol­lowed by the an­nual Cause­way Cup in 2009, when I had the hon­our of be­ing the first Malaysian cap­tain to win it from our me­dia col­leagues from Sin­ga­pore.

It was an even big­ger hon­our to be ap­pointed as cap­tain again this year. To win it for the sec­ond time truly meant a lot to me.

Not be­cause I achieved the dou­ble, but it was so touch­ing to see a bunch of me­dia boys play­ing with so much ded­i­ca­tion and na­tional pride.

More than any­thing, it was an emo­tional vic­tory for all of us be­cause it was the 10th edi­tion of this en­dear­ing meet be­tween jour­nal­ists of both coun­tries that met at Hori­zon Hills Golf & Coun­try Club for the first time in 2008 (Malaysia were crushed!).

Jour­nal­ists who are likely see­ing the last days of their pro­fes­sion in the print me­dia due to the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion and the un­cer­tain di­rec­tion of the global econ­omy.

Apart from the Cause­way Cup that now stands in favour of Malaysia at 6 to 4 af­ter our 15-13 vic­tory, I have had other fond achieve­ments.

The most mem­o­rable off which was win­ning the CIMB Clas­sic Pro Am for the Rolex team in 2013.

We had Charley Hoff­man as our pro and what a great time we had with one of the coolest guys on the PGA Tour.

So this De­cem­ber, keep prac­tic­ing and par­tic­i­pate in as many tour­na­ments as you can. Who knows, you may just fi­nally make that elu­sive ace.

Merry Christ­mas & Happy New Year!

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