King Louis Rules in Malaysia

Sun 15 Apr 2012

King Louis Rules in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, April 15: South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen atoned for his Masters Tournament heartbreak by cruising to a stylish three-stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.


A week after losing in a play-off to American Bubba Watson at Augusta National, the 29-year-old underlined his star credentials by overcoming jetlag, searing heat and a stellar field assembled at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, closing with a solid four-under-par 68 for a 17-under-par 271 winning total.


Scotsman Stephen Gallacher carded a battling 70 for second place while American David Lipsky, winner of the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic last month, finished joint third and two shots back after a 70 alongside Danny Willett of England (71) and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello (71).


Former Asian Tour number ones Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa of India were the best placed Asians in tied 11th place in the US$2.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.


Oosthuizen, who received the Seagram Trophy from Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and also the champion’s navy blue jacket, said: “It would have been better if I had the green jacket (laughter) but I’m a little bit surprise because I thought I would be tired. I played well and the game was there so it made it a lot easier. I had a good week.”


The South African, the 2010 British Open champion, returned to the course this morning to complete his third round with a 69 for a one-shot lead into the final 18 holes. With his game in full flow, he was in total control before breaking away with a birdie on the 13th hole before putting the icing on the cake with another birdie on 16.


“I had a seven iron in my hand (on 13) and the wind changed a little bit so I went to an eight-iron which I can commit myself. I hit a beautiful shot and made that putt,” he said.


“Coming here and winning after what happened last week showed me that I can pull it off so it’s very important. I think my win at the British Open has helped me get my game to where it is at the moment. I have been working quite a bit with my coach and we have been trying to get my game to where we want it to be,” added Oosthuizen, who picked up US$416,660 for his fifth European Tour title and first win in Asia.


Gallacher, a one-time winner on the European Tour, rued signing for a higher score for his third round as he eventually settled for his second runner-up finish of the season.

 

“I went over the card, thought I signed it properly. Signed for a 69 when I shot a 68,” said the Scotsman. “I thought I was tied for the lead, and then I was one behind but luckily it didn’t affect me that much. It’s one of those things that you learn,” said the 37-year-old Gallacher, who got to within one shot of the champion on the back nine.


“Phenomenal performance (by Oosthuizen) considering coming off from last week. I thought he may get tired today and obviously he didn’t. He’s a fit guy. Fair play to him. He played great. He was on form.”


Lipsky’s career has been on the upswing since winning the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January which subsequently led him to his maiden professional victory in Cambodia last month. He was three shots off the pace entering the final round but failed to keep up with a surging Oosthuizen.


“It’s been great. I’ve been pretty consistent off the tee and my putter has been cooperating with me. Those two things combine really help. This is probably my 10th straight round under par. I can’t believe where I’m at right now. I’m so happy. The hard work has paid off,” said the 23-year-old Lipsky.


Randhawa, Asia’s number one in 2002, was in contention for most of the round before dropping five shots on holes 13 and 14. He was still delighted with his best result since the 2011 Panasonic Open India where he placed fifth.


“If you take those two (bad) shots away then I would have finished higher. At least I know why those bad shots came because the old swing came in. I birdied after those shots so that was a good comeback. All in all I think I’m feeling good. I just need to give it a little bit more time,” said Randhawa.


Singh, a two-time Order of Merit winner in 2006 and 2008, got off to a flying start with four straight birdies to move into contention but three bogeys in the middle of the round and a double bogey on 16 killed his hopes.


“I had a great start. I think I got ahead of myself and gave a few shots away. I thought I got really unlucky on 16, I hit a great shot in there but it rolled into the water. That set me back and I shot even par. Hopefully it gets better from here,” said Singh.


Scores after round 4 of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2012 being played at the par 72, 6967 Yards Kuala Lumpur GCC course (a- denotes amateur):

271 - Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 66-68-69-68.

274 - Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 67-68-69-70.

276 - Rafael CABRERA-BELLO (ESP) 67-72-66-71, Danny WILLETT (ENG) 69-69-67-71, David LIPSKY (USA) 70-67-69-70.

277 - Charl SCHWARTZEL (RSA) 64-75-70-68.

279 - Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 70-72-68-69, Martin KAYMER (GER) 70-67-71-71, Romain WATTEL (FRA) 68-68-72-71, Hennie OTTO (RSA) 71-64-72-72.

280 - Scott HEND (AUS) 70-71-73-66, Victor DUBUISSON (FRA) 72-68-69-71, Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 65-73-70-72, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 66-72-68-74, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-65-77-68.

281 - Soren KJELDSEN (DEN) 68-72-71-70, Rikard KARLBERG (SWE) 73-69-71-68, Ben FOX (USA) 70-68-70-73, MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 71-71-70-69.

282 - Joost LUITEN (NED) 72-69-73-68, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-73-69-69, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 67-74-72-69, Julien QUESNE (FRA) 69-72-73-68.


About Maybank

The Maybank Group is Malaysia’s regional financial services leader with an international network of over 2,200 offices in 17 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.

 

The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 45,000 employees serving 22 million customers worldwide.

 

About the Malaysian Golf Association

Founded in 1929, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia has been entrusted to promote the game while preserving its traditions and integrity.

 

It’s a non-government organization that runs by volunteers who are passionate about the game with the help of a team of management staff.

 

The Association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroot programs and training of the athletes to represent Malaysia in the international events.

 

We take our responsibilities seriously in promoting the game in Malaysia while simultaneously upholding the Rules of Golf as prescribed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A).

 

About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

 

About The European Tour

The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future.

The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2012, will feature a minimum of 46 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday.

The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.

 

About GlobalOne

GlobalOne is an executive lifestyle sports marketing consultancy. We serve an expanding stable of prestigious Asia-Pacific clients through a network offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Indonesia. We have in the past created partnerships in golf, motor racing, sailing, tennis, rugby, skiing, athletics, basketball, cycling and skiing. Today, GlobalOne’s primary focus and area of sports rights ownership is professional golf.

 

GlobalOne currently stages two highly successful tournaments in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour and the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open. Over the past six years, GlobalOne has promoted a total of 21 events, all co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, with total prize money in excess of US$20 million. GlobalOne has also staged the first World Cup of Golf in Asia, at China’s Mission Hills in 1995, and a second World Cup of Golf event in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

 

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