The Maybank Championship Malaysia today announced that 15 Malaysian golfers will tee-off in the inaugural tournament this February 18-21 at Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC).
“We are proud to say that the finest selection of Malaysian golfers will be representing the country on the East Course of RSGC next month,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, chairman of Maybank. “As a co-sanctioned golfing event, the Maybank Championship Malaysia offers one of the most World Ranking Points for Malaysian golfers in the country.
“Making it to the list are top Malaysian golfers Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung who are ranked number 8 and 35 respectively on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Malaysia’s rising star, 21-year-old Gavin Kyle Green who recently turned professional, and top Malaysian amateur golfer, Ervin Chang will also be joining this elite group at the upcoming tournament.”
The announcement reinforces the championship’s aspirations of ensuring the best mix of international and regional golfing talents in a Malaysian tournament. In addition to Chia and Fung who got in through their Asian Tour ranking, 12 spots were allocated to leading players on the Professional Golf Of Malaysia (PGM) Tour and one spot to the top Malaysian amateur based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
“Golf will be in the Olympics in Rio this August and with the Maybank Championship Malaysia our professionals will have more chances to gain valuable World Ranking Points that is essential to qualify for the Olympics. I’m pleased that R. Nachimuthu, the winner of the (PGM) Maybank Tour Players Championship will also be participating at the Maybank Championship Malaysia. With the stellar line-up of players from ASEAN, Asian Tour and European Tour, the Maybank Championship Malaysia will be a showcase tournament not to be missed,” said, Tun Ahmad Sarji, chairman of the PGM Tour.
The tournament, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour, PGM Tour and the Professional Golfers Association of Malaysia (PGAM) will also see the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Danny Willett, Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat amongst the 156-player field.
The field will include the top 67 players from both the European Tour and Asian Tour, five ASEAN professionals not otherwise qualified, the top player on the Middle East North African (MENA) Tour, two other top players and the reigning Asian-Pacific Amateur champion.
“We are very glad that all the Malaysian players qualified are also members of PGAM. The Maybank Championship Malaysia is a platform for the Malaysian golfers to perform and assess their game alongside some of the world’s best, and with the development of our players over the past years, we at PGAM are confident that Malaysia is well underway to producing some of Asia’s best golfers,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Ghani bin Othman, president of PGAM.
List of Malaysian Players:
- Danny Chia
- Nicolas Fung
- R. Nachimuthu
- Sukree Othman
- Ben Leong
- Airil Rizman Zahari
- Kemarol Baharin
- Shaaban Hussin
- Arie Irawan
- Khor Kheng Hwai
- Kenneth De Silva
- Wilson Choo
- Gavin Green
- Iylia Jamil
- Ervin Chang (amateur)