Kuala Lumpur, February 27: South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who won the 2012 Maybank Malaysian Open (MMO) crown, has been announced as title sponsor Maybank’s second confirmed Star Player for this year’s edition of the US$2.75 million event, scheduled for April 17-20 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).
Despite being hampered by a myriad of injuries in 2013, Oosthuizen opened the 2014 season by successfully defending the prestigious Volvo Golf Championship last month on home soil. While this victory means that he now holds the record among active golfers for the most consecutive seasons with at least one victory on the European Tour, the 31-year-old, who claimed his first Major at the 2010 Open after finishing seven strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood, however, will be limiting the number of tournaments he will be playing in this season.
Meanwhile, former world No.1 Westwood of England, who won the 1997 national Open, was announced as Maybank’s first Star Player earlier this month.
Maybank Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor was delighted to announce the return of Oosthuizen, who nearly won a second Major at the 2012 Masters after being defeated by winner Bubba Watson on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. “I’m delighted to announce Oosthuizen will be playing in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open as he is widely regarded as one of the finest players on the European Tour. Who can forget the way he admirably bounced back from a heart-breaking playoff defeat at the 2012 Masters to win the Maybank Malaysian Open that year? The true test of champions is how they react after a loss, and Oosthuizen showed a lot of class to delight his Malaysian fans when he overcame an emotional defeat and jetlag to win at KLGCC. With Westwood also in the fray, we now have two former champions ready to do battle in Malaysia,” said Tan Sri Megat.
“What a great start to the build up to the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 with two former champions, one of whom is a Major winner, while another is a former world number one. I would like to congratulate Maybank for their hard work in getting these two stars to come to Malaysia,” said Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) president Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.
The Maybank Malaysian Open was the first tournament in Asia to be co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours in 1999, the year Gerry Norquist took home the title. More details and information on the 2014 Maybank Malaysian will be announced at a later date. Visit www.maybankmalaysianopen.com.