Iain Steel – Sabahan golfer with huge achievements on the global golf circuit


Iain Steel is a Malaysian-born professional golfer who comes from Sabah. One of the most prominent golfers of our time, Iain has achieved a lot throughout his career and has charted his name in various tournaments across the global golfing circuit.

Moving up the ranks in golf

Iain’s father is Scottish and his mother a Malaysian. Started out young as a golfer, he went on to further his studies in the United States at the Auburn University. That would be a huge turning point for his golf career where he improved his rankings and then in 1996, turned professional. He would also then become the first Malaysian to participate and play at The Open Championship, one of the most prestigious and challenging tournaments in the world.

Continuing his efforts in the game

Prior to making his way up in the PGA Tour in 1998, Iain played on the Nike Tour (which has since been changed to the Web.com Tour). Then, he had graduated from the Qualifying Tournament but found it hard to break into the tour. In 1999, he returned back to the Nike Tour. He would continue to push through in the European tournaments before joining the Asian Tour in 2006. This circuit provided more success where he finished strongly in many seasons, appearing in the Top 50 of the Order of Merit of the respective seasons. Over the years, Iain had issues with injuries and where he still had his European Tour membership

Achievements by Iain

This US-based Malaysian golfer enjoyed his success after spending his early years as a golfer in the United States. While he did not win any major championships in the Pro tours,  Steel did finish third in the 2008 Worldwide Selangor Masters, reached the top 8 at Brunei Open and finished top 10 at Iskandar Johor Open, UBS Hong Kong Open and Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, among others.

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