The international spotlight will shine prominently on KPGCC when the storied Malaysian Open returns to our fairways. The flagship event of the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) will be played on March 5-8 and boasts an all-new logo as well as tagline, ‘Pride, Passion, Prominence’.
Making a welcome return after a four-year hiatus, the 55th edition of the country’s national open will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour and carry a prize fund of US$1 million. KPGCC has hosted the Malaysian Open once before, in 2008 when Indian legend Arjun Atwal won a playoff against defending champion Peter Hedblom of Sweden.
Inaugurated in 1962, the Malaysian Open has crowned many notable champions including former world number ones
Vijay Singh (1992 and 2001) and Lee Westwood (1997 and 2014). Other prominent past winners include Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and India’s Anirban Lahiri who won the last edition in 2015.
“Indeed, the Malaysian Open remains close to the hearts of all Malaysian golfers and hosting the event after its four-year hiatus is a huge honour for our team, our members and the club as a whole. We are sure that our members will be out in force to catch the 156-player field of local and international stars displaying their golfing prowess over the four days, and as host venue, we are confident that players, officials and supporters will have a positively enjoyable and memorable experience,” said KPGCC director Tang Meng Loon.
MGA president Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor noted that the field of 156 players will include 40 Malaysians. “For the 2020 edition, 40 slots will be offered to our local players, comprising 30 slots reserved for eligible Malaysian professionals and 10 slots for Malaysian amateurs made up of national players and top Malaysian juniors,” he said.
Cho Minn Thant, Asian Tour Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, lauded the return of the tournament to the Asian Tour. “Malaysia has always been a key market for the Asian Tour. The return of the country’s national Open will not only inspire a new generation of Malaysian golfers but also create further opportunities for our members to showcase their talents,” said Cho.