Turner ready for Maybank, O’Driscoll on learning curve

Niall Turner has recovered from illness and is ready for his fourth event of the Asian Tour as he tee’s it up in Malaysia tomorrow.  The Waterfall man narrowly made the cut in Bangladesh last weekend, having to wait until the second round was complete to see if he’s be playing for the weekend.  Despite making the cut, he was forced to retire before the start of the third round due to illness.

Niall Turner Malaysia

Niall Turner pictured on the 1st tee in Royal Selangor GC in Kuala Lumpur, picture Kenneth Quillinan

Turner has made the journey south to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Championship Malaysia.  This is Niall’s first event of the season which is co-sanctioned with the European Tour.  Turner is first on the course tomorrow, paired with David Drysdale and Kenneth De Silva.  He has Tralee man Kenneth Quillinan on the bag again and will be hoping to make his fourth successive cut which would represent his best season start in several years.

Castlehaven native Tommy O’Driscoll had another learning experience on the Alps Tour this week, narrowly missing the cut.  O’Driscoll opened with a 73 to stay inside the top 50.  O’Driscoll hit all 14 fairways in the first round but only managed 6 of the 14 in round 2.  As a result he hit less greens and when you add a total of 31 putts he ended up signing for a 75, two shots outside the cut mark.  This was O’Driscoll second professional event and the 19 year old will have learned from both events, this week he also played in the pro-am for the first time.  O’Driscoll has one move event in Egypt to look forward to before the tour takes a break for a few weeks.