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Sam Cyr, Asian Tour card holder
January 21, 2012 - Robert Collias
Sam Cyr just became the first Mauian to secure a playing card for one of the world's three major golf tours as he moved up 11 spots in the final round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School with a 70 that left him 6-under 282 for the tournament.
Cyr, a former MIL champion for King Kekaulike, has been on the verge of the big-time for a long time and now he is there. The two-time NAIA champion for Point Loma Nazarene University finished in a tie for 16th in play at the Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal Country Club in Cha Am, Thailand. The top 42 players (40 and ties) earned cards and Cyr was rock-steady consistent at 70-70-72-70 for the week, after finishing second in his stage flight last week.
The Zaykabar Myanmar Open Presented by Air Bagan is the first event Cyr will be eligible for and it plays with a $300,000 purse Feb. 2-5 in Myanmar. Two events on the current schedule were won by Lee Westwood last year and he is former world No. 1 who is currently ranked No. 2. Two events on that schedule (it is listed through April) carry $2.5 million and $3 million purses.
Cyr has shown that he can play with anyone with wins in the Mid-Pac Open, the Maui Open and the Hawaii State Open in the last two years. Cyr is well on his way to the spotlight and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
As far as major league sports go, Cyr joins Mauians Kurt Suzuki, Shane Victorino and Kanekoa Texeira (baseball), Kaluka Maiava (football), Dusty Payne (surfing), Kendall Grove (mixed martial arts), and Zach Scott (soccer) as recent or current "major leaguers" (I don't think I'm missing anybody, but please let me know if I am).
For a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific, amazing, simply amazing.
We will keep up with Cyr's exploits every time we can and I will do my best to catch up with him via phone or email in the near future.
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