3 More Top Names Sign Up for Maybank Malaysian Open

Tue 05 Feb 2013

3 More Top Names Sign Up for Maybank Malaysian Open

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Kuala Lumpur, February 5: Three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington, former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and Italian Matteo Manassero have confirmed their participation in the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013.
The leading trio will join former world number one Luke Donald at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from March 21-24 in the US$2.75 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Schwartzel, who enjoyed a superb finish to his 2012 season with back-to-back victories, is looking forward to returning to Kuala Lumpur.
“It’s one of my favourite events of the year and I love Asia – the food, people, culture and golf courses,” he said.
The slender Schwartzel, who hails from South Africa, secured his name as one of the world’s best when he won the Masters Tournament in 2011.
Italian Manassero is definitely no stranger to the Maybank Malaysian Open. The talented golfer stunned many when he became the tournament’s youngest champion in the 2011 edition.
Irishman Harrington, who has come close to winning the Malaysian Open in the past, last competed in Malaysia in 2006. Apart from his success on the fairways, he is also a great supporter of charitable work.
Maybank Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said, “The confirmation of these additional world top 50 players in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open shows the strength of our event as well as Malaysia’s strong standing in the golf industry. Spectators will get to see a mix of stars, experience world-class action and be inspired at our own greens. With many renowned golfers who are expected to confirm the participation the coming weeks, I foresee spectators are in for some spectacular golf action.”
“The Maybank Malaysian Open has always been a valuable avenue for our professionals to gain experience and expose themselves to high-calibre international golfers. Our Malaysian professionals will definitely benefit from being in the same tournament as these three top golfers,” said President of MGA, Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.
The Maybank Malaysian Open is regarded as the most prestigious golf event in the country and a leading National Open in the region. The event has hosted some of the best international and regional professional golfers.
Since taking up the title sponsorship eight years ago, Maybank has successfully attracted high-caliber golfers from around the world with the likes of Rory McIIroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Charlie Wie, Thongchai Jaidee, KJ Choi and Alvaro Quiros.
This year, the tournament ups the ante with a prize purse of USD2.75 million, an increase of USD250,000 from last year.
The Maybank Malaysian Open is the first National Open in Asia to be co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian Tours in 1999 and is part of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
For information on the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013, visit www.maybankmalaysianopen.com or follow us on Twitter @maybankmsiaopen or #maybankmalaysianopen. Tickets for the event are available now. For information on ticketing, please go to www.ticketpro.com.my.