Maybank Championship to return to Saujana in 2018

Holes 15 and 16, Palm Course / Photo by Toha Dol

The Maybank Championship will return to Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm Course for the second year running next February 1-4.

The third edition of the US$3 million event will be once again be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. A total of 156 players will vie for honours and the US$500,000 winner’s purse on the Palm Course, dubbed ‘The Cobra’ for its venom.

“Maybank has been a key driving force behind the rise of businesses and economies across ASEAN and making a positive impact in the communities that we are in. We have supported the development of both infrastructure and people in business, government, communities and sports in any way that we can. Golf is one area we have been involved in for over a decade and the Maybank Championship is a distillation of all that into a single platform where the best in sports, business and talent as well as a superior experience comes together in Malaysia, from across the world including ASEAN,” said Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President and CEO of Maybank.

Maybank’s ASEAN focus was demonstrated when a special category for ASEAN golfers was introduced for the 2017 Maybank Championship. The first initiative of its kind on the international tours, the category created the opportunity for rising tour professionals in ASEAN to join 10 leading Malaysian golfers in competing with some of the world’s best golfers.

2017 champion Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay takes a selfie with the unique Tiger trophy. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

“The championship is a competitive platform that also seeks to uplift and unite the ASEAN region; through the power of competition, fair play and camaraderie. Like in 2017, we will offer a total of five slots to promising young players from the ASEAN region to participate in our championship where they will have the chance to pit their skills against some of the world’s best golfers,” said Datuk Farid.

He added that the 2018 event will continue efforts to expand the appeal of golf, as well as enhance the sensory experience of visitors to the event to bring both Maybank and the tournament closer to the people.

“The course at Saujana is very competitive and will challenge our golfers; while the facilities at the resort will ensure that guests at the Maybank Championship 2018 will enjoy the many experiential elements that we will be bringing to life on site. Whether they come to experience the game, see the various community engagements we have for visitors, or just mingle while enjoying our five-star hospitality – we will have something for everyone, just like we do when it comes to providing our services across the region,” he said.

The Maybank Championship 2018 will also support corporate responsibility programmes through MaybankHeart, the group’s digital social fund-raising platform to assist NGOs and charitable bodies reach a wider audience for their causes.

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