Westwood to defend title in Maybank Malaysian Open

Lee Westwood will return to Malaysia to defend his title at the 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open, which tees off at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on February 5-8.

MMO 2014 Lee WestwoodJoining the in-form Englishman will be flamboyant Frenchman Victor Dubuisson as the national Open celebrates its tenth anniversary under Maybank’s title sponsorship. Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell and victorious European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley are already confirmed for the event.

Former World No 1 Westwood, ended a near two-year absence from the winner’s circle in style when he romped to a seven-shot victory at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in April this year for his 41st worldwide career title. The 41-year-old Englishman is fighting fit as he looks to lift the Seagram Trophy for the third time, thanks to an intensive fitness regime in the build-up to the Ryder Cup.

“You have to play really well to win any tournament by seven shots. I played really nicely that week and didn’t make many mistakes, which was key to my victory. If I can stay solid from tee to green, I don’t see why I can’t be in contention again,” said the hugely-popular Westwood, who has been a regular in these parts since 1994.

From a relatively unknown to a rising star, Dubuisson has a short-game that has prompted many to hail him as the new Seve Ballesteros. Armed with a calm focus and sublime shot-making flair, the 24-year-old burst onto the radar in late 2013 when he beat a world-class field to lift his maiden European Tour crown at the Turkish Airlines Open.

He has been a consistent finisher since, with a string of top-five finishes in 2014 including a tied-second at the season ending DP World Tour Championship a few weeks ago.

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