It has been a while since my first live golf tournament at the 2010 Sime Darby LGPA at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Seeing Michelle Wie and Hee Young-park for the first time was unforgettable! So, last weekend, I packed light with only my battered EOS 5D and cheap grip, my EF70-200 2.8 (no strobe!) and Sirui Carbon Monopod and headed to the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open at KLGCC in Bukit Kiara.
It was cloudy by the time I arrived and only about four matches left before their tee off time of the final round of the European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. I managed to capture South African Louis Oosthuizen while practicing his putt. Excitement was probably overrated at the time as I snap some shots of him and including few other stars the like of Tom Lewis (ENG), Nicolas ‘Bomber’ Colsaerts (BEL) and the one everyone was waiting for, overnight leader Englishman Lee Westwood.
An avid golfer myself, this time I was prepared and have some idea what kind of shots I wanted to get. I was probably under-equipped given the circumstances but was very much happy with the shots that I could get. I was desperate to get the shots of player teeing off but would not risk of getting kicked out of the course with my rather short zoom.
I walked with the final group for a few holes before doubling back to the 10th to avoid the 5th where Pablo Larrazabal was stung by 20 hornets the previous day. I hung around the scenic 14th green watching Thaworn Wiratchant duffing his 2nd shot from the rough into the water and also seeing Francesco Molinari getting jeered at for not holing his putt (I get the not holing putt part but not the jeering *sigh*).
As the storm closing in, I hung out at the Public Deck between the 15th and 18th fairway and manage to see some great approaches at both 16th and 18th. And also my first witnessing live tournament shank shot by Malaysian amateur Gavin Green, with his ball severely sitting on downhill slope and sinking under the rough. Poor guy but he survived with final score of +1 for the tournament. Not too bad for an Amateur. Not too shabby at all.
And also watching Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen searching for his ball on the 16th fairwary after what seems like his second shot heading right from the 18th fairway. I suppose that happens to all golfers and I felt more confident when hitting the tracks in coming weeks 😉
I managed a shot of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal as he happily strolls the 16th fairway. Given his experience during 5th hole of previous round being stung by 20 hornets he looks okay as he continue the stretch.
As play was suspended for 4 hours due to threat of lightning, I could not bear sitting for 2 hours and occasionally dozing/snoring off at the clubhouse so I dragged my weary butt back home comfortably on a Jaguar F-Type…all the way to the parking lot to my Ferrari Myvi hehehe (thank you for the hospitality to whomever responsible for the Jaguar ride!). Although I missed the good part of Westwood trumping the final 7 holes but I took quite a bit from my experience that day. Next time I will be better prepared and get the shots of my favorite players. Till next time, Sime Darby LPGA and CIMB Classic 2014 next! And not to forget hats off to Westwood for another win.
p/s: I still get to watch the final 7 holes at the comfort of my sofa courtesy of Golf Channel. Bless you GC for showing the delayed telecast later that day, bless you.