Schwartzel & Lahiri confirm for #MaybankChampionship

Thu 15 Dec 2016

Schwartzel & Lahiri confirm for #MaybankChampionship

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Kuala Lumpur, December 15: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Anirban Lahiri of India are the latest players to confirm their participation at the 2017 Maybank Championship.
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champion, will join Danny Willett at the US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
The South African has a career total of 14 professional victories worldwide with his latest victory at the Tswane Open in his homeland in February.
He finished the 2016 season strongly with a third place finish at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and took the momentum onto the first event of the 2017 schedule, tying for fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.
Schwartzel said, “The Maybank Championship is one of the marquee events in Asia for the European Tour so I am really looking forward to being there. Traveling to Asia and Kuala Lumpur is always a favourite trip among the players. Maybank does a great job for the players and I am excited to experience their ‘golf like never before’ for myself.
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa Charl Schwartzel of South Africa
“The 2017 season has started well for me so I am feeling good about the year ahead and am excited to see what I can do when I get to Malaysia in February.”
Top Asian favourite Anirban Lahiri is also set for the Saujana showdown. He enjoyed a memorable 2015 season when he won the Maybank Malaysian Open and followed it up two weeks later with victory at the Hero Indian Open.
He became the first Indian to finish in the top five of a Major when he shared fifth place at the 2015 US PGA Championship and he made his Presidents Cup debut in the same year. He was subsequently crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion in 2015.
Lahiri holds a PGA Tour card but is a popular player in Asia as he sharpened his game on the Asian Tour en-route to claiming seven victories on the region’s premier Tour.
Lahiri said, “Malaysia has been a very important place for me and my career. It’s where I got my first European Tour win and I would love to get back to winning ways when I return for the Maybank Championship in February.
“The fans gave me a lot of support to help me with that win. I want to get 2017 off to a strong start and I am hoping those winning memories can give me an edge against what will be a very tough line-up.”
Joining the field of top players from the European Tour and Asian Tour will be a number of local players including top Malaysian amateur Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz.
Earning his spot thanks to his World Ranking of 414, Daeng was also given an invite to last week’s PGM Maybank Players’ Championship where he finished in an impressive fourth position. This will be his first appearance at the Maybank Championship but has played with some big names on home soil before and he learnt a lot from the experience.
Daeng said, “I am not too nervous about next year as I’ve played with some top players before, but it depends who I get to play with. I am excited about meeting Danny Willett though. I haven’t played Saujana since the renovation so I am looking forward to that and my caddie is from there so that will hopefully be an advantage.”
Also securing their spot as a local entry is Ben Leong who claimed victory at the PGM Maybank Players’ Championship in a play-off against Maybank ASEAN golf ambassador Gavin Green. It was his fourth PGM victory in a row, which is all the more impressive after being hampered by injury for a long spell in his career.
Leong said, “The Maybank Championship is a big goal for me. As a local player it means a lot to get the opportunity to be a part of it. I am going to spend some time playing at Saujana to work out what my best game plan will be.”
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Founded in 1984, Saujana Golf and Country Club offers two 18-hole golf courses namely ‘Palm Course’ and ‘Bunga Raya Course’. These courses are exquisitely designed for championship play by the renowned golf course landscaped architect, Ronald Fream Design Group California, USA & Ted Parslow of E&G Parslow, Australia. The two world renowned courses, have been accorded countless international accolades including “The best Championship Course in Asia (Palm Course)” by Asian Golf Monthly 2005 and # 69 “Top 100 Best Courses outside the USA (Bunga Raya Course)”by Golf Digest 2005. Further voted in the World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses by Rolex & 6th Toughest Course in the World (Palm Course) by CNNGo.com 2012. SGCC is the 15th Member of the exclusive European Tour Properties, only the third outside of Europe and the first in Malaysia to be an official European Tour Destination. Saujana Golf & Country Club is also nestled alongside the beauty of two hotels, namely The Saujana Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort.