Categorized | News, 2014, February 2014, On Tour

My 2013 season on tour

By: Rory Hie

Rory Hie

2013 has absolutely been a great year for me. I learned a lot through all my tournament experiences and developed my game better as a result. One of the highlights this year was certainly winning my 3rd international title and winning a car as a bonus (thanks to Subaru) in Mission Hills Shenzhen, China. I’m also proud on my overall season, that I was able to finish 1st both on the China PGA Order of Merit [and the PGPI Order of Merit], as well as making cuts and performing well in many Asian Tour and One Asia events, flying the Indonesian flag all the while.

The tournaments this year also allowed me to play alongside many of the best players in the world and learn from the experience. Among several, I was glad to be able to play with Darren Clarke at the Nanshan Masters’ third round. It was amazing to see him work the ball under the windy conditions in China. I was proud of that week having finished 4th behind Charles Schwartzel, Darren Clarke, and Liang Wen Chong; it was my best finish in Oneasia tour in 2013.

Also, it was a memorable experience playing with Retief Goosen in the third round of Indonesia Open this year. I was fortunate to play well with him and his compliments of my game after the round was one of my highlights of the year. He’s a great player with top-class personality and has so much experience in golf. Though my last round in Indonesia Open this year was short of my expectations, the round itself was a learning experience for me and it was necessary to go through these ups and downs and come out as a better player.

I played well in Japan this year and finished 15th in the Panasonic Open after qualifying for it for 2nd year in a row, and got the chance to play with some of the great golf names in Japan such as Shingo Katayama, Hiroyuki Fujita, and Hideto Tanihara. It was quite an eye-opening experience playing with these stars, as the crowds in Japan were some of the biggest I have ever played in.

I’m also glad that I won several tournaments this year, including the two Road to Panasonic Open events, the Toyota Camry Invitational, and the China PGA Tour win. Each one is definitely special and I’m thankful for all of them. The China PGA Tour win has allowed me to qualify for the Mission Hills World Celebrity pro-am later in October this year, I am excited about playing in this unique event.

My goals this coming season are to gain even more learning experiences and hopefully be able to win on the One Asia or the Asian Tour, and break into the top 300 in the Official World Golf Rankings. I hope the game of golf will develop even further in Indonesia, and I’m proud that many of my compatriots are also flying the Indonesian flag with pride on the international golf scene more often.

About Rory Hie

Rory Hidayat Hie had a successful amateur and collegiate career in United States, where he played for the University of Southern California (USC Trojans), and helped elevate USC to a top three collegiate golf team standing in the nation during 2007 and 2008. The Balikpapan-born golfer enjoyed a solid campaign in 2008 with three amateur wins and one professional title. His maiden professional tour win came at his home soil, in the 2008 Mercedes International Championship, remarkably only a month after he turned pro. After winning several tournaments in the home circuit, in 2011 Rory won the Tangshan China PGA Championship, becoming the first ever Indonesian golfer to win a professional tournament outside of Indonesia.

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