Indian veteran Rahil Gangjee rolled back the years as he carded a second successive 66 to extend his lead to two shots following Round 2 of the PKNS Selangor Masters.

Starting on the 10th tee at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor, Gangjee made nine successive pars before catching fire on the home stretch with five birdies against just one bogey. The 45-year-old tops the leaderboard on eight-under-par 132, two shots ahead of Malaysian rookie Marcus Lim who also signed in a second round 66.

Gangjee noted that he was not putting pressure on himself to win the USD175,000 event, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the domestic Toyota Tour, as he only recently returned to action from a seven-week layoff due to a muscular chest injury.

“I last won a title in 2018 at the Panasonic Open in Japan. You want to win every year, no doubt about that, but sometimes it doesn't happen for various reasons. I've had a couple of injuries in the last few years, in 2021 and another two months ago. I'm just glad to be playing golf the way I am. I have no massive expectations right now,” said Gangjee, a two-time Asian Tour winner.

“There's no pressure to win, but the expectations are always there. I try to draw on my experience to relax and play golf. I know that if I do that, the results will take care of themselves,” added the amiable golfer from Kolkata.

Lim meanwhile outshone his more established compatriots to lie second on six-under-par 134 (68, 66), two shots ahead of Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto (70, 66). Despite this being his first start as a professional, Lim showed great composure as he nailed six birdies against two dropped shots.

“I was really confident going into the day. I positioned myself well, gave myself a lot of uphill putts and managed to make some, which was good,” said Lim, who recently graduated from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

“I'm going to stick to the same game plan – stay patient and not rush things, as this golf course is challenging and it punishes aggressive play. I just hope to continue making putts,” added the 22-year-old, who was ranked as Malaysia’s top male amateur before turning professional.

In his final season on the competitive U.S. collegiate circuit, Lim was named the Northeast Conference Golfer of the Year for a third time after claiming medallist honours at the NEC Championship in late April. He won one title on last year’s Toyota Tour as an amateur.


Kosuke meanwhile put himself well in contention with a solid round of 66, moving up to solo third spot on four-under-par 136 (70, 66).

“I'm very happy with my round. It's a tough course, and anything under par is very exciting. I got into a good rhythm today and converted the opportunities to make birdies, plus a couple of bonus chip-ins. I feel quite tired as this is my third week in a row, so I just want to do my best. This course mentally drains you because you have to think about every shot,” said Kosuke, who is chasing his second ADT title following the 2023 All Thailand Partnership Trophy.

Thailand's Sarun Sirithon carded an excellent 67 to surge up the leaderboard into joint fourth position on two-under-par 138 (71, 67), tied with compatriot Sarut Vongchaisit (70, 68) and Singapore's James Leow (69, 69).

Malaysia’s Amir Nazrin, who is a Seri Selangor ambassador, had a colourful second round of 72 after his opening 67 and is in joint seventh place on one-under-par 139. The 26-year-old rued an unfortunate double bogey on the par-four 17th hole due to a lost ball, but remained positive heading into the final 36 holes.

“It's just one of those days. I’m still on one-under-par, so I'll use that as motivation and try to change my course management a bit tomorrow. I'll probably drive all the way, no laying up,” said Amir.

Also on one-under-par is 2022 champion Shahriffuddin Ariffin, who kept himself in the hunt for a third ADT title by adding a second round 70 to his opening 69. The 24-year-old Malaysian was happy with his performance as he has been struggling with injuries.

“Since the practice round, I've been dealing with neck and upper back injuries, which made it hard to execute a proper backswing. Fortunately, I did well with my recovery shots and made some putts, so everything is on the right track at the moment,” said Shahriffuddin.

The top Malaysian this week will take home a RM10,000 bonus in addition to the regular prize money.

Defending champion Ho Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei added a second round 73 to his opening 70 for a three-over-par 143 total, making the halfway which came at four-over-par. Current Asian Development Tour Order of Merit leader Ahmad Baig of Pakistan is also through, progressing on the number following rounds of 71 and 73.

Chinese amateur Shijun Jing, who won last week’s Selangor International Junior Golf Championship to earn a start in this event, was grateful for the experience despite missing the cut after rounds of 72 and 74.

“This is my first time playing in a pro tournament abroad and the course is much longer than the tournaments in China. This golf course is difficult, and the green speed is a lot faster. It's a good experience for me and will be beneficial in the long run,” said the 16-year-old talent from Hainan.

This is the 11th edition of the PKNS Selangor Masters, which is promoted by PKNS Golf Management Services, a subsidiary of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). PKNS has been the title sponsor of the event since 2022. Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, it has seen two local winners with Ben Leong triumphing in the second edition and Shahriffuddin emerging victorious in 2022.

With its hefty prize fund of USD175,000, the PKNS Selangor Masters will have a strong bearing on the top 10 players on the final 2024 ADT Order of Merit who will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season.

Leading Round 2 Scores
132 Rahil Gangjee (IND) 66-66
134 Marcus Lim (MAS) 68-66
136 Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 70-66
138 Sarun Sirithon (THA) 71-67, Sarut Vongchaisit (THA) 70-68, James Leow (SIN) 69-69
130 Runchanapong Youprayong (THA) 67-72, Shahriffuddin Ariffin (MAS) 69-70, Nopparat Panichphol (THA) 70-69, Amir Nazrin (MAS) 67-72

Experienced Indian campaigner Rahil Gangjee shrugged off competitive rust to grab the first round clubhouse lead at the USD175,000 PKNS Selangor Masters, carding an excellent four-under-par 66 at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor.

The 45-year-old Gangjee traded seven birdies, including a pair on his last two holes, against three bogeys to take pole position in the jointly sanctioned Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Toyota Tour event, one shot ahead of Malaysia’s Amir Nazrin and Thailand’s Runchanapong Youprayong who carded 67s.

Due to a weather delay from 4pm to 5.30pm, 33 golfers were unable to complete their opening rounds and will return to the course at 7.30am tomorrow to resume play. The second round will commence not earlier than 8am.

Gangjee had to endure a seven-week layoff due to a muscular chest injury and only made his competitive return at the ADT’s Nam A Bank Vietnam Masters last week, missing the halfway cut. The golfer from Kolkata was pleased with how he negotiated the tough Seri Selangor layout, which is playing to par-70 this week.

“I’m feeling very tired right now, but I'm happy! I haven't been playing much, as I had an injury to my intercostal muscle and had to just sit around for a month and a bit. And when I got back to it, there was no speed, no strength … basically just not up to the mark. Last week was a struggle for me to walk around, but this week seems a little bit better,” said the two-time Asian Tour winner.

“I've played this golf course before and they're good memories, so I kind of know where to miss it and what the putts do. All in all, it was a good day,” added Gangjee, whose best finish at this event was joint 29th back in 2009 when it was on the Asian Tour schedule.

Amir, who is a Seri Selangor ambassador, made full use of his local knowledge to chalk up three birdies in a flawless opening 67. The 26-year-old finished joint seventh in this event two years ago, but withdrew due to injury following the first round of the last edition. He has been struggling with the same wrist injury in recent months.

“I used to play passively, but that's not the case today. I'm playing aggressively. I'll attack the holes that I can really go for, but I also remind myself to be cautious since this course can be punishing,” said Amir.

“The highlight of my round was the back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes. A shoutout to my caddie – I listened to him about not laying up on the 10th hole, resulting in a birdie. I missed a couple more by a whisker, lipping out on the 16th and 17th holes, but I'll take this three-under-par and hopefully keep the momentum going until the final day,” added the golfer from Johor, who won the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship in early 2023 to become the first Malaysian to triumph on the All-Thailand Golf Tour.

Runchanapong finished joint second last year and continued his love affair with the Seri Selangor course with a solid opening round, making four birdies against one dropped shot. “I'm happy with a 67. Obviously, the course is playing pretty difficult with firm greens and the wet conditions, so three-under-par is really a good score,” said the 23-year-old.


Another Seri Selangor ambassador, Syahiran Syakir, also enjoyed a great start with a round of 68. “My driving and iron shots were working well today. I'm going to stick to the same plan for tomorrow, try to hit as many fairways and greens as I can and make some putts.,” said the 24-year-old from Kedah.

It was a good day for young Malaysian professionals, with Marcus Lim and Casper Loh also signing in 68s.

Making his first start as a professional, Lim admitted he was a little nervous. “I'm not going to lie … I was feeling a little nervous for some reason. I missed a short putt on the first hole to make bogey, but as soon as I missed it, I was like, all right, game on. Bounced back with birdies on the next couple of holes, so it was good. All in all, a pretty solid round and I'm happy with the way I played today,” said Lim, who turned 22 on June 11.

The 24-year-old Loh, who birdied three of his last seven holes, noted: “I started the round hitting the ball pretty well, but just didn't make any putts on the first nine. On the back nine, I hit the greens and gave myself good chances, which I capitalized on,” said Loh, who turned professional last year.

Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and the American duo of Dodge Kemmer and Michael Herrera were also in joint fourth place after signing in 68s.

Defending champion Ho Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei stayed in the hunt with an opening even-par 70, while current Asian Development Tour Order of Merit leader Ahmad Baig of Pakistan was one-under-par after 15 holes.

The field of 144 players includes 59 Malaysians with 40 from the domestic Toyota Tour, and the rest qualifying through the ADT or playing by invitation. The top Malaysian this week will take home a RM10,000 bonus in addition to the regular prize money
This is the 11th edition of the PKNS Selangor Masters, which is promoted by PKNS Golf Management Services, a subsidiary of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). PKNS has been the title sponsor of the event since 2022. Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, it has seen two local winners with Ben Leong triumphing in the second edition and Shahriffuddin Ariffin emerging victorious in 2022.

With its hefty prize fund of USD175,000, the PKNS Selangor Masters will have a strong bearing on the top 10 players on the final 2024 ADT Order of Merit who will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season.

Leading Round 1 Scores (completed rounds only)
66 (-4) Rahil Gangjee (IND)
67 (-3) Amir Nazrin (MAS), Runchanapong Youprayong (THA)
68 (-2) Syahiran Syakir (MAS), Dodge Kemmer (USA), Panuphol Pittayarat (THA), Casper Loh (MAS), Marcus Lim (MAS)

Malaysia's number one professional golfer, Gavin Green, will compete in his third consecutive Olympic Games, set to be held at Le Golf National in August.

The 30-year-old secured his spot by finishing 53rd in the men's Olympic Golf Ranking, which was finalized yesterday. Green's Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro saw him tied for 47th place, while his second campaign at the Olympic Games in Tokyo ended with him in 57th place.

With only the top 60 men's and women's players in the Olympic Golf Rankings earning the right to compete in Paris, all eyes this weekend are on Ashley Lau, who is currently ranked 49th in the women's rankings as the rankings will be concluded at the end of this week.

The two-year qualification period for the men’s golf competition at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has concluded with today’s publication of the final men’s Olympic Golf Ranking.

The men’s Olympic Golf Ranking features 60 qualifiers representing 32 different countries. With four qualifiers (Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa), the United States of America is the only country with more than two qualifiers for the 60-player field, which will compete at Le Golf National from 1 – 4 August.

The men's qualification period for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games commenced on 17 June 2022 and concluded following the U.S. Open on 17 June 2024. The top 15 world-ranked players were eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top 15, players were eligible based on the Official World Golf Ranking, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that did not already have two or more players among the top 15.

The host country – France – was guaranteed at least one spot, as is each of the five continents of the Olympics. Two men qualified to represent Team France at Paris 2024: Matthieu Pavon (No. 12 in the Olympic Golf Ranking) and Victor Perez (No. 30 in the Olympic Golf Ranking).

Men’s Olympic Golf Qualification 

By Continent 

Continent 

Qualifiers 

Countries 

Africa 

Asia 

13 

Aus. & Oceania 

Europe 

25 

14 

North America 

South America 

Total 

60 

32 

 

This summer’s competition marks the fifth time golf has been featured as an Olympic sport and just the third time since 1904. Only four men have qualified for each of the last three Olympic golf competitions: Ryan Fox of New Zealand, Gavin Green of Malaysia, C.T. Pan of Chinese Taipei and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.

The women’s Olympic Golf Ranking will be finalised following the conclusion of this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Once the women’s Olympic Golf Ranking is finalised, the International Golf Federation (IGF) will send confirmation of the men’s and women’s quota places to the National Olympic Committees. The NOCs will then confirm use of allocated quota places to the IGF by June 27 and the IGF, in turn, will reallocate all unused quota places before the Paris 2024 Sport Entries Deadline on July 8.

The IGF will publish a finalised field list for both the men’s and women’s golf competitions on Tuesday, 2 July.

Olympic Golf 

Ranking 

Official World 

Golf Ranking 

Name 

National Olympic Committee 

Scottie Scheffler 

United States of America 

Rory McIlroy 

Ireland 

Xander Schauffele 

United States of America 

Ludvig Åberg 

Sweden 

Wyndham Clark 

United States of America 

Viktor Hovland 

Norway 

Collin Morikawa 

United States of America 

Jon Rahm 

Spain 

12 

Hideki Matsuyama 

Japan 

10 

13 

Tommy Fleetwood 

Great Britain 

11 

18 

Matthew Fitzpatrick 

Great Britain 

12 

20 

Matthieu Pavon 

France 

13 

21 

Sepp Straka 

Austria 

14 

24 

Jason Day 

Australia 

15 

26 

Tom Kim 

Republic of Korea 

16 

27 

Byeong Hun An 

Republic of Korea 

17 

33 

Shane Lowry 

Ireland 

18 

35 

Nick Taylor 

Canada 

19 

36 

Min Woo Lee 

Australia 

20 

37 

Corey Conners 

Canada 

21 

40 

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 

South Africa 

22 

42 

Stephan Jaeger 

Germany 

23 

44 

Nicolai Højgaard 

Denmark 

24 

48 

Thomas Detry 

Belgium 

25 

52 

Emiliano Grillo 

Argentina 

26 

55 

Alex Noren 

Sweden 

27 

59 

Ryan Fox 

New Zealand 

28 

67 

Erik van Rooyen 

South Africa 

29 

73 

Adrian Meronk 

Poland 

30 

78 

Victor Perez 

France 

31 

83 

Keita Nakajima 

Japan 

32 

85 

Thorbjørn Olesen 

Denmark 

33 

98 

Alejandro Tosti 

Argentina 

34 

99 

Joaquin Niemann 

Chile 

35 

100 

Sami Valimaki 

Finland 

36 

108 

Kevin Yu 

Chinese Taipei 

37 

113 

David Puig 

Spain 

38 

134 

Matti Schmid 

Germany 

39 

140 

C.T. Pan 

Chinese Taipei 

40 

147 

Joost Luiten 

Netherlands 

41 

155 

Carl Yuan 

China 

42 

177 

Camilo Villegas 

Colombia 

43 

180 

Matteo Manassero 

Italy 

44 

187 

Adrien Dumont de Chassart 

Belgium 

45 

190 

Daniel Hillier 

New Zealand 

46 

195 

Cristobal Del Solar 

Chile 

47 

198 

Guido Migliozzi 

Italy 

48 

219 

Shubhankar Sharma 

India 

49 

221 

Rafael Campos 

Puerto Rico 

50 

237 

Darius Van Driel 

Netherlands 

51 

240 

Carlos Ortiz 

Mexico 

52 

242 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat 

Thailand 

53 

257 

Gavin Green 

Malaysia 

54 

261 

Gaganjeet Bhullar 

India 

55 

269 

Nico Echavarria 

Colombia 

56 

281 

Kris Ventura 

Norway 

57 

287 

Phachara Khongwatmai 

Thailand 

58 

312 

Abraham Ancer 

Mexico 

59 

338 

Zecheng Dou 

China 

60 

343 

Fabrizio Zanotti 

Paraguay 

The field of 144 players at this week's PKNS Selangor Masters includes no less than 59 Malaysians – 40 from the Toyota Tour and the rest qualifying through the Asian Development Tour (ADT) or playing by invitation. Among the leading local contenders is Ervin Chang, who was the top Malaysian in the 2023 edition which earned him a RM10,000 bonus.

While Chang has not enjoyed the best of results recently, missing the cut last week in Vietnam, the 25-year-old is feeling confident on home soil at one of his favourite courses.

“I actually played well last week in Vietnam, but fell a little short of the cutline. I’ve been trying a few different things and just learning how to play golf again, and not being too technical with whatever I'm feeling in the swing. Overall, I’m pretty confident with my game and am looking forward to a good event,” said Chang, who turned professional in 2022.

“Seri Selangor is a golf course that a lot of players look forward to playing. It seems easy but actually it’s really challenging, especially on the greens. There are many opportunities to score, but you have to be smart and just play to your strengths,” he noted.

2022 champion Shahriffuddin Ariffin and Galven Green will also be among the Malaysians to look out for. Shahriffuddin narrowly missed out on winning in Vietnam last week, closing with a superb 65 to finish joint second just one shot behind Baig, while Green was joint fourth. Green has already won twice on the Toyota Tour this year and was the second best-placed Malaysian in T10 position at last year’s PKNS Selangor Masters.

Asian Tour winners Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung are also among the large Malaysian contingent, along with promising rookies Marcus Lim and Khavish Varadan. Lim won on the Toyota Tour as an amateur in 2023, while Khavish finished as best Malaysian in T13 place at the Asian Tour’s IRS Prime Malaysian Open earlier this year.

There are a total of 13 amateurs playing this week, including seven Malaysians in Nateeshvar Anatha Ganesh, Rizq Adam Rohizam, Zia Iqmal Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Danial, Lam Kong Foo, Putra Huzaireil Khan, and Roslan Piei. Last week’s Selangor International Junior Golf Championship winner, 16-year-old Shijun Jing of China, and second runner-up Josiah Edwards of Australia, have also been given invitational slots.

This is the 11th edition of the PKNS Selangor Masters, which is promoted by PKNS Golf Management Services, a subsidiary of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). PKNS has been the title sponsor of the event since 2022. Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, it has seen two local winners with Ben Leong triumphing in the second edition and Shahriffuddin emerging victorious in 2022.

With its hefty prize fund of USD175,000, the PKNS Selangor Masters will have a strong bearing on the top 10 players on the final 2024 ADT Order of Merit who will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season.

2023 champion Ho Yu-cheng of Chinese Taipei has returned to defend the title, along with last year’s joint runners-up Deyen Lawson of Australia and Runchanapong Youprayong of Thailand. Filipino ace Angelo Que, who won this event in 2010, is one of several Asian Tour stalwarts in the field, along with Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman and India’s Rahil Gangjee.

The challenging Seri Selangor course will once again play as a par-70 layout this week, with the par-five 5th and par-five 18th holes converted to long par-fours for the tournament. Crafted by Australian architect Ross Watson, the popular public course opened for play in 1998 and has received much acclaim for its strategic design and speedy greens.

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