The second Maybank Championship Malaysia will be staged at Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm Course on February 9-12, 2017. The US$3 million event will once again be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, forming a key event in the early part of both tours’ 2017 schedules.
“I am happy to announce that next year’s Maybank Championship Malaysia, will again be in collaboration with the Asian Tour, European Tour, and promoted by our long-time partner GlobalOne. It will be held at the re-designed Saujana Golf and Country Club. The world’s best ASEAN golfing talents that competed in the recent Rio Olympics would have inspired many more ASEAN players to rise in the world of professional competitive golf, so our focus to give them and many more ASEAN golfers playing opportunities at the 2017 Maybank Championship Malaysia should prove energising for our talents,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin, chairman of Maybank.
Maybank will reinforce its commitment to grow the game across the region by giving starts in the event to appropriately qualified ASEAN golfers. The 2017 edition will also feature new innovations, opportunities and exciting offerings for sports fans and stakeholders alike, with the expected reappearance of certain elements such as corporate responsibility features and bespoke corporate-linked events.
“We are delighted to return as a sanctioning partner of the Maybank Championship Malaysia, and expect next year’s tournament to be as successful as the inaugural edition. The Maybank Championship Malaysia will again offer a lucrative prize fund and will be held at a world-class venue in Saujana Golf and Country Club, a European Tour Destination, so these are exciting times for the tournament and we look forward to strengthening our long-standing relationship with Maybank, the Asian Tour and GlobalOne in the coming years,” said Keith Waters, chief operating officer of the European Tour.
The Maybank Championship Malaysia offers substantial Official World Golf Ranking points to one of the most diverse and balanced fields in international golf. This ASEAN players in particular will benefit from the opportunity to further their careers at the Maybank Championship Malaysia.
“Maybank is a great sponsor for golf in Malaysia and across the region. Their sponsorship goes a long way in promoting the sport and creating more playing opportunities. We are delighted to return to Saujana, a venue where our players such as Thongchai Jaidee and Anthony Kang have tasted success in the past. We look forward to another great event and working closely together with Maybank, the European Tour and GlobalOne,” said Kyi Hla Han, commissioner of the Asian Tour.
Saujana’s Palm Course was recently upgraded and lengthened to reestablish itself as a leading championship course in Asia.