CIMB Group Holdings Berhad has announced the sponsorship of young talented Malaysian professional Ervin Chang as its sports ambassador.

The appointment of Chang will see the Malaysian joining CIMB's roster of established champions, namely Datuk Azizulhasni Awang and Datuk Nicol David.

"I feel great and blessed, really thankful to CIMB for putting their faith and trust in me," shared Chang.

The announcement came at a timely moment ahead of the Asian Tour season-opener, the IRS Prima Malaysian Open, which will tee off this week from February 15-18 at the Mines Golf Club.

Chang expressed his enthusiasm in partnering with CIMB as the Malaysian was one of the pioneers of the CIMB Junior Golf Development Programme held in 2010.

The 26-year-old said: "Having started with CIMB back in 2010 at the CIMB Junior Golf Development Programme, the support behind it all has given me a lot of exposure in competing with overseas players and training in the U.S, which helped me get to where I am today."

Chang achieved a historic feat at the Hanoi SEA Games in 2022 by bringing home double gold medals and then turning professional in the same year. His professional career thus far includes winning the Mirai Cup of the domestic 2023 Toyota Tour and finishing as the Order of Merit winner of the season on the same tour.

Asked about how he feels going into the IRS Prima Malaysian Open this week after gaining his tour card with a top ten finish on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit in his rookie year of turning professional, Chang shares he's looking forward to be competing against the best players on home soil.

"It feels great, making it onto the Asian Tour was a goal I set for myself when I first turned professional. Playing my first Asian Tour event, and the event being held in Malaysia, definitely feels great. Always great to compete with international players and local players in our National Open," he noted.

With the first round of the IRS Prima Malaysian Open commencing on Thursday, Chang is ready to give his best at the Mines Resort Golf Club.

"I’m just gonna go out there and do my best. It’s anyone’s game, I’m going to focus on doing what I can, control what I can control, and enjoy some good competition!"