Westwood to star in Maybank M'sian Open

Wed 12 Feb 2014

Westwood to star in Maybank M'sian Open

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 12: Former champion Lee Westwood of England has confirmed his entry for the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014.
Westwood, a former world number one, signalled his rise in the world of golf by winning the 1997 Malaysian Open and has gone on to win titles on every continent since turning professional in 1993.
Other big names will be announced shortly by title sponsor Maybank as the excitement for one of Asia’s leading national opens heats up.
The Maybank Malaysian Open has always attracted high-calibre golfers from around the world including Major winners such as Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIIroy, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Todd Hamilton, Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Sir Nick Faldo.
Notable Asian players who have competed in the Maybank Malaysian Open include Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, last year’s Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat and and Korea’s K.J. Choi. Thongchai has won the tournament twice while Kiradech triumphed in 2013.
Westwood, McIIroy, Kaymer, Singh, Langer, Faldo and Luke Donald are also among the former world number ones who have featured in the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Westwood, who last played in the tournament in 2007, has a huge following in Asia and will hope to enter the Maybank Malaysian Open as the Masters Tournament champion which will be held the week before.
The Maybank Malaysian Open will be staged at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from April 17-20 and it promises to be another exciting event with a prize purse of US$2.75 million.
Maybank Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said: “This can be considered a sort of a homecoming for Lee Westwood. Not only is he a former winner of the championship, he was also a touring professional for a Malaysian club.
“His presence is definitely a big boost for the Maybank Malaysian Open and reaffirms our commitment to continue to bring top class personalities to this prestigious tournament, which is recognised as one of Asia’s leading national opens.
“Westwood’s presence, like many other top players we have had in the past, will not only draw the crowds but also strengthen Malaysia’s standing in the global golfing map. Given the growing interest and spectator numbers at the Maybank Malaysian Open, we intend to continue inspiring our local fans and golfers with the opportunity to see the world’s best on our greens, and in the process, raising the standard of golf in Malaysia.”
Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) president Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said: “Lee Westwood is a seasoned professional who has won countless of times all over the world, and in Malaysia as well.
“It is always good to get former champions to play in the Maybank Malaysia Open as we must always tip our hat to the past in order to move forward.”
Asian Tour’s Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “I’m delighted that many of our top players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit have qualified for the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is one of the most prestigious national Opens on the Asian Tour.
“The Maybank Malaysian Open is amongst the oldest in the region with more than 50 years of history behind it and our talented members have been successful in the past with the likes of Arjun Atwal, Anthony Kang, Thongchai Jaidee, Noh Seung-yul and Kiradech Aphibarnrat winning the championship. I hope we can continue our winning tradition this year.
“Lee Westwood is a very popular player in Asia and I’m sure our members will be eager to pit their skills against Lee and the other European Tour stars.”
European Tour’s Chief Executive George O’Grady was just as enthusiastic about the Maybank Malaysian Open, saying: “Having Lee Westwood back in Malaysia will heighten the profile of what is already a well-established and prestigious tournament on The European Tour International Schedule. He is very popular in Asia in general and Malaysia in particular, especially following his heroics in winning here in 1997.
“Hopefully, another European Tour player can inscribe his name on winner’s trophy this year.”
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
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,200 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, 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 grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
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 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 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 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf,www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and CIMB Classic.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment),  Astro (Official Satellite TV), Maxis (Official Telecommunications), Finmeccanica (Official Helicopter), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).