PETALING JAYA: Local professionals Amir Nazrin Jailani (pic) and Shahriffuddin Ariffin enjoyed a great outing in the just-concluded Malaysian Open golf championship, finishing tied-38th and pocketing a tidy US$6,039 (RM25,500) each. But their joy could be shortlived.
They don’t know what the future holds for them.
That’s because the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour new season has yet to commence, leaving not only Amir and Shahriffuddin but also more than 100 others without a tournament to play.
The PGM would normally announce their schedule in December with a couple of events taking off immediately in January.
It is learnt that PGM are still waiting for the licence from the Sports Commissioner’s Office to run the Tour, which was started in 2010.
The 23-year-old Amir said he was contemplating his options, including giving up golf altogether.
“I need to sort out my future. We can’t go on with these uncertainties,” said last year’s PGM Tour Order of Merit champion.
“I will probably continue my studies. I have plans to take up automotive engineering and eventually help out with my family’s business. We have a workshop in Johor.”
Shahriffuddin, who turned professional at the age of 16, is also sweating over the PGM Tour status.
“We are left in the dark. No one can give us a clear answer on when the Tour will resume,” said Shahriffuddin, the 2017 and 2018 PGM Tour No. 1.
“We were supposed to have events in Perlis and Kedah in January itself. But we’re already entering the third month of 2020 and nothing has been confirmed.
“For now, I’m helping out my father in coaching. In a worst case scenario, some of us plan to travel to Philippines and try to earn our card to play there. We’ll see how it goes.”
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