Golf: Singapore takes on Malaysia in Prudential Causeway Trophy in June

Singapore captain team (left) and Malaysian captain pose for picture after the media briefing at the Prudential Causeway Trophy at Laguna National. The Prudential Causeway Trophy returns in June with Singapore's top golfers looking to retain &nb
Singapore captain team (left) and Malaysian captain pose for picture after the media briefing at the Prudential Causeway Trophy at Laguna National. The Prudential Causeway Trophy returns in June with Singapore's top golfers looking to retain  the title against arch-rivals Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

The Prudential Causeway Trophy returns in June with Singapore's top golfers looking to retain the title against arch-rivals Malaysia.

At a press conference on Wednesday, both nations unveiled their teams for the June 6-8 matchplay event at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

The hosts will once again be driven by leading pros Mardan Mamat, Lam Chih Bing and Quincy Quek, while their opponents will bank on rising talent Nicholas Fung, who impressed for Asia at the EurAsia Cup last week.

Singapore won the inaugural Trophy last year by a resounding 15.5-8.5 margin.

"Our success last year means there is a lot of pressure on us to keep our champions status - with our home advantage, we are easily up to the challenge," said Singapore's non-playing captain Mohd Said Abdul Latif.

His Malaysian counterpart M. Ramayah added: "Based on last year's performance, people may see us as the underdogs but the Singaporeans would be wise not to dismiss us early on."

The event, which carries no prize money, follows a Ryder Cup format, with six foursome matches on the first day, six fourball on the second and 12 singles matches on the last.

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