KLGCC to host Maybank M'sian Open again

Fri 24 Jan 2014

KLGCC to host Maybank M'sian Open again

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Kuala Lumpur, January 24: The prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open will once again return to the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from April 17-20, 2014.
Last year, former world No. 1 Luke Donald headlined the Maybank Malaysian Open against a competitive field which included Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the tournament where his brilliant performance earned him US$458,330 and helped him to eventually win the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit with earnings of US$1.12 million.
Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, Chairman of Maybank, commented: “Maybank made a firm commitment to propel Malaysian golf to a higher standards when we first supported the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2006. Our primary aim was to bring the best of international golf competition to Malaysia and we have consistently done this over the years.
“The Maybank Malaysian Open, jointly sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, boasts the largest Asian participation of 67 out of the 156 player field and it has been instrumental in accelerating many Asian champions into the world golf ranking positions.
“This, together with our commitment in development programmes at the amateur and junior levels has helped many local and Asian golfers to thrive.”
Since taking up the title sponsorship nine years ago, Maybank has successfully attracted high-calibre golfers from around the world such as Rory McIIroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington, Charlie Wie, Thongchai Jaidee, KJ Choi and Alvaro Quiros.
Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin explained: “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 Malaysians 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.”
On KLGCC’s appointment as the host venue, Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin commented: “KLGCC provided the backdrop to a superb finish last 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.”
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 this year. “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.”
Meanwhile, tournament promoters GlobalOne confirmed the prize purse will remain at US$2.75 million for the 53rd edition of the event, which is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
The Maybank Malaysian Open was the first tournament in Asia to be co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours in 1999, the year American Gerry Norquist took home the title.
More details and information on the 2014 Maybank Malaysian will be announced at a later date. Keep abreast with the latest news at www.maybankmalaysianopen.com and connect with us via Facebook at www.facebook.com/maybankmalaysianopen or Twitter at www.twitter.com/maybankmsiaopen