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Showdown in the tropics
Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), from April 12 to 15
With a US$ 2.5 million prize purse up on offer, the Maybank Malaysian Open will once again attract a star-studded cast, with local professionals competing against the very best players from Asia and Continental Europe, to lift the prestigious Seagram Trophy.
The Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, located in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, is hosting the Malaysian Open for the fourth time in its history. The challenging West Course, with its multiple dogleg fairways and demanding multi-tiered greens, will be the stage for great golf, under hard (hot) tropical conditions.
Kaymer and Schwartzel
2010 US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer of Germany and 2011 Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa will headline the field in the US$2.5 million tournament, jointly sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours. According to the tournament management, the participation of 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and six-time European Tour winner Alvaro Quiros has been confirmed at the event in Kuala Lumpur.
Golf in Malaysia is developing fast and quite a few local players are looking make the step to professional golf. Five of these Malaysian golf heroes qualified to participate in the Malaysia Open. Haziq Hamizan finished first in a 51-men playing field at the National Qualifiers held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The 24-year-old former national will be joined by Zurie Harun, as well as Khor Kheng Hwai, Shaifubari Muda and Chong Chee Meng. The five qualifiers will be joined by the top-ranked Malaysian in the field, Danny Chia, who qualifies automatically by virtue of being placed in the top-65 of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.
Renovated West Course
The tournament will be held at the West Course that was extensively renovated in 2008. The work on the course resulted in pristine playing conditions in which aesthetic beauty is combined with great playing quality, requiring a great deal of strategic thinking. The renovation offers players sensational views at the holes and the surrounding scenery as countless shots from elevated tees seem to fly into infinity.
Signature hole 17
The signature hole of the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club is hole 17. According to the club management, this must be one of the most beautiful holes in the world of golf. “The fairway is split by a beautiful meandering stream, housing exotic flora. This stream invites players to make their first decision: should my tee shot land at the right or left fairway? A long and accurate drive is required to carry the stream and to miss the left bunkers. The conservative alternative? Take a long iron or fairway metal and aim right. Whatever the choice and whatever risk players are prepared to take, everybody will enjoy the view of the magnificent backdrop and the waterfall.”
Next time we´ll cover the Volvo China Open, until then read about:
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