Malawi’s professional golfer Paul Chidale failed to make the cut in this year’s DP World Tour, a tournament under European Tour Group, dubbed Magical Kenya Open in Kenya.
Chidale had made a strong start on Thursday before dropping the following day. The four-day tour was expected to end Tuesday as we went to press.
Professional Golfers Association of Malawi President General Henry Odillo (retired) paid tribute to Chidale for being the first Malawian to play at that level.
“Hard luck Malawi’s pro Paul Chidale; Being your first European Tour appearance, you tried your best posting -3 on day one putting Malawi on the international map and a painful drop to +6 on day two ending with +3 overall two days.
“Unfortunately, the tournament cut was on level par which was three shots behind. We hope you have taken your good notes playing alongside world’s best professionals. Professional Golfers Association of Malawi, and the whole Malawi nation, is so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in all your future tours,” Odillo posted on PGA Malawi Facebook page.
Chidale and his manager Patridge Shycal were yet to respond to our questionnaire.
On Thursday, Chidale ended on position 13 out of 156 competitors. His feat saw him finishing third on the ranking of non-Kenyan players on the first day of the tour that ends tomorrow.
Earlier on, Shycal told our sister paper Malawi News that 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 told our sister paper.