Yuki Kamasu's Asian Tour experience
Yuki Kamasu was granted an exemption into an Asian Tour event after his brilliant win in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in March 2015. Here he shares his experience of playing in the PGM Tiara Championship in Malaysia.
I took part in PGM Tiara Championship of Asian Development tour at Malacca, Malaysia, November 4-7.
This was my first participation in a professional tournament so I was a little nervous but excited. It was also my first experience of the difference of temperature of 20°C from that of Japan at this season, and difference of grasses on the golf course.
Additionally, I was caught in a unexpected sudden squall. I experienced a shotgun start due to a religious praying break and there was high number of mosquitoes as is often the case in subtropical climate.
This was an Asian tournament but many participants were from US and Europe so it was a high-level tournament. Although the golf course is rather narrow and has many hazards, many professional golfers made under-pars, which impressed me and proved this was indeed a high-level.
I was lucky enough to proceed to the final and won the best amateur even though it was my first time participation of a professional tournament and this level of difficulty.
I have learnt a great amount through this experience. Including that a professional golfer must have potential to break par even in a difficult-setting golf course and to apply for the differences of golf courses and climates with playing around Asian countries, which are the requirements as a professional.