The Maybank Malaysian Open will once again return to the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) this April 17-20, with a strong field expected to battle for honours in the joint European Tour and Asian Tour event.
Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, the chairman of Maybank, said: “KLGCC provided the backdrop to a superb finish this year and we are pleased it will once again be the host. The Maybank Malaysian Open is a world-class tournament and it is only fitting that it is hosted at a premier venue like KLGCC.”
Last year, former world No. 1 Luke Donald headlined the tournament against a star-studded field which included Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington. They were, however, upstaged by burly young Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who delivered a brilliant performance at KLGCC’s West Course to take the title and the US$458,330 winner’s cheque – which helped him to eventually win the Asian Tour’s 2013 Order of Merit with earnings of US$1,127,855.
Top Malaysian honours went to amateur Gavin Kyle Green with a six-under 210 total and a tie for 22nd place in the rain-shortened tournament.
“Maybank made a firm commitment to propel Malaysian golf to a higher standards when we first supported the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2006,” said Tan Sri Megat. “Our primary aim was to bring the best of international golf competition to Malaysia to enable this and we have consistently done this over the years.
“Since the first year of the sponsorship, it has been our goal to try and bring the best players we can from the European Tour and Asian Tour to our shores. The 22 Malayasians we got into the field each time would have benefitted tremendously from this competition. Obviously, we are still waiting for a Malaysian to win it.”
Meanwhile, Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) president Admiral (R) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, said: “The Maybank Malaysian Open is without doubt among the most prestigious tournaments in this region. We have continued to grow bigger and better, with more top-draw players making the Maybank Malaysian Open a ‘must play’ event due to its world-class status.”
KLGCC’s General Manager, Steven Thielke was honoured that the club has once again been given the privilege of hosting the Maybank Malaysian Open once again. “It is certainly an honour for the club to be the host for the fifth consecutive year. The Maybank Malaysian Open is a world-class event and we will endeavour to deliver our best for this tournament.”
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.
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