Groom a local golf champion, Najib tells MGA

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is time for the country’s young talent to step up and win the Malaysian Open golf championship, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said 50 years since its inauguration, the closest the nation ever got to winning the tournament was through Fijian Vijay Singh in 2001 “and that was by virtue of his marriage to a Malaysian”.

“I call on the Malaysian Golf Association to revise their junior training programme so that we will be able to see a local golfer lift the trophy in the years to come,” he said in his speech during the closing ceremony of the Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.

Najib noted that golf was also a game about young people, citing this year’s winner Matteo Manaserro who turns 18 tomorrow as a shining example.

“It is indeed a double joy today as not only did Manaserro win the trophy as his birthday present but Barisan also won in the Sarawak state election.

“It’s a case of Barisan Boleh and Manaserro Boleh,” the avid golfer quipped as the crowd cheered.

Italian pro Manaserro became the youngest winner of the Malaysian Open with a total score of 16-under 272.

Source : The Star

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