Malawi professional golfer Paul Chidale got off to a blistering start to this year’s DP World Tour, a tournament under European Tour Group dubbed Magical Kenya Open in Kenya.
On Thursday, Chidale ended on position 13 out of 156 competitors. His feat saw him finishing third on the ranking on non- Kenyan players on the first day of the tour that ends tomorrow.
According to his manager Patridge Shycal, Chidale played a stunning round after posting- two front and -one back to finish third.
Consequently he became the first African player on Day One to make it into the top 10 best players of the day at Muthaiga Golf Club in Kenya.
“Paul had a rough start when he got the first bogey on hole one and recovered with a birdie on hole two followed by another bogey on hole three and two birdies in a roll on hole four and five to stay at one. It was at this point that Paul regained his confidence and became the favourite in his group until finishing hole nine at-two,” Shycal said.
Shycal said Chidale, who is the first Malawian to qualify for the tour, was a national pride who deserves support from the government and the corporate sector.
“Being his first tour appearance, Chidale has been outstanding. At this level of the competition, it is beyond skill level. I always say it is about mental strength, the psychology of the game which comes with self-esteem as a golfer which lacks in most of our African players due to poor training background.
“In our street golf, we only learn about hitting the ball but in a tournament like this, you are paired with European players who have come from golf academy background and understand fully well the game dynamics at every level like how to remain steadfast why you are trailing or how to hold on to a lead. That is the calibre of the game. Therefore for Paul to come this far, I really applaud him,” Shycal, who is also PGA Malawi vice president, said.