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05 August 2018

Fireworks in Malaka

Indonesia will meet Malaysia for the annual PGM-IGT Championship golf tournament. Malaysia will be looking to exact a measure of revenge for their defeat last year.

Following the win at Riverside Golf Club a year ago, the Indonesian Golf Tour prepares to visit Malaysia for the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)-Indonesian Golf Tour Championship (IGT). The Ryder Cup-style tournament will be held at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club, Melaka, on Aug 1-3. 

The temperature at the 3rd edition of the PGM-IGT Championship looks set to heat up. The two neighboring countries will go head-to-head in a bid to fulfill their missions of winning the annual tournament.

As defending champion, Indonesia has high hopes of securing a back-to-back victory after thrashing Malaysia 14½-8½ last year. The IGT players are set to face the host team and despite being the visiting team this year, are confident that they can repeat their success.

“We will play all out. I'm sure we have a chance to win. Our team, I admitted, is stronger than last year,” said Jubilant “Teddy” Arda, the IGT team captain. “However, we should also be wary of that Malaysia will bring a stronger and better-prepared team."

Teddy is confident about the match play format that depends largely on applying a carefully constructed strategy. “There is a 50-50 chance. Now we must enlarge our opportunity. It does not really matter how good you are. In match play, you will be head to head. You need to build leverage and maximize it,” said Teddy, repeating his remarks about last year’s tournament that ended with an impressive IGT team.

Teddy, who is helped by his vice-captains Erick Suhandinata and Krishna Iskandar, already has a plan for the team composition for the first two days of fourball and foursome matches (16 matches total). He is aiming to gain as many points as possible from four fourball matches and four foursomes. This strategy was successfully implemented last year when Indonesia surpassed Malaysia 11-5 after completing 16 matches.

It’s a strategy that could also be implemented by Malaysia who will be ready to welcome the Indonesian team. As the host, Malaysia is looking to turn the tables on their visitors. They learnt their lesson about underestimating Indonesia on their home ground and paid a heavy price for it.

“We learnt from our mistakes at Riverside last year and hopefully they won’t ’t be repeated,” said PGM Tour chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji, as quoted by TeeUp. “I think the main reason for that defeat was that we became complacent and underestimated Indonesia, who have some very good players.”

Malaysia is aiming to make amends in early August. “So of course this year we will do everything we can to prepare as best as possible and try to regain the trophy,” added Tun. “We know that the Indonesian team is strong and that we will face a tough challenge at Tiara Melaka, but we will be prepared for it.”

The annual showdown between Indonesia and Malaysia promises fireworks in Melaka.

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