#MaybankChampionship - The Contenders

Wed 17 Feb 2016

#MaybankChampionship - The Contenders

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February 17: The Maybank Championship Malaysia will welcome an elite field this week which includes 11 players ranked inside the top-60 on the Official World Golf Ranking. We take a look at the star-studded cast and choose the likely contenders.
Danny Willett (Eng)
After winning in Dubai two weeks ago, Willett will be the man to watch this week. He is the highest ranked player in the elite field and has good memories in Malaysia after helping Team Europe defeat Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup last month.
OWGR: 13th
Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
The South African will have to battle jet lag in hopes of repeating his success in Malaysia in 2012. The Major champion struggled with minor swing issues but is confident he will be back to his best at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
OWGR: 21st
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
Thongchai is the only player to lift three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns. He tasted success in Malaysia twice and will return to the Royal Selangor Golf Club for the first time since 2002. He is excited to challenge for the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia title in a country which he calls his second home.
OWGR: 33rd
Martin Kaymer (Ger)
The two-time Major champion is determined to bounce back from missing the cut in Dubai two weeks ago. He is without a win since his Major win at the U.S. Open in 2014 and will be determined to be the first player to lift the Maybank Championship Malaysia trophy.
OWGR: 36th
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
The big-hitting Thai is a huge favourite in Malaysia. He won the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open before going on to become the Asian Tour number one in that same year. He has fond memories in the country and was part of Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup last month. After winning twice last year, the Thai is determined to taste success again.
OWGR: 44th
Younghan Song (Kor)
Younghan Song of Korea Younghan Song of Korea
The Korean defeated world number one Jordan Spieth in Singapore earlier in February and currently leads on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. He is in fine form and is riding a purple patch ahead of the Maybank Championship Malaysia.
Order of Merit: 1st
Shaun Norris (Rsa)
Norris won his second Asian Tour title at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open two weeks ago. He dominated the event after winning by four shots, thanks largely to a sparkling third round score of 11-under-par 61. Currently ranked second on the Order of Merit, the South African will have a good chance to go one spot higher with a win or a solid result this week.
Order of Merit: 2nd