The Maybank Malaysian Open is one of the few international golf tournaments held in Malaysia. This annual event is among the most prestigious ones which is recognized in the international golfing calendar which attracts some of the best golfers around the world to Malaysia. Malaysian Open has been going on for 50 years which is almost the same age of our independence.
Malaysia’s Number One Annual Golf event
The Maybank Malaysian Open has a rich history in the sport in which Maybank, the largest banking group in Malaysia is the title sponsor. This tournament dates back to the 1960s where the title has been won by some of the top golfers including former World No.1 Vijay Singh.
For 2014, the Maybank Malaysian Open was held between 17th and 20th April at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. As part of the European Tour event, the Malaysian Open forms an integral part of the calendar for the golfers who are aiming to improve their rankings. As the Maybank Malaysian Open is part of the European and Asian Tour schedules, this tournament becomes all the more important.
In 1962, the then Malayan Open was the first sports event that offered prize money for the winners in the country. The Maybank Malaysian Open is the first tournament to be co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian Tours, a milestone for the event in 1999.
In the 2013 edition, KiradechAphibarnratfrom Thailand won the championship. It was his first European Tour title where he won by one stroke against Edoardo Molinari. He became the fourth golfer from Thailand to win on the European Tourwhile 18-year old Korean Seung-yul Noh won the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2010 and became the youngest golfer to clinch a European Tour title.
For 2014, the KLGCC hosted this tournament for the fourth time having been playing the role since 2010. The Maybank Malaysian Open was held at other prestigious golf clubs around the Klang Valley with the Royal Selangor Golf Club having hosted the most times between 1962 and 1982 and several other times after that. Meanwhile, other venues that have been used previously include The Mines Resort and Golf Club, the Saujana Golf and Country Club, Templer’s Park and the Kota Permai Golf Club.
Date: 17th – 20th April 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
2013 Malaysian Open
In 2013, the organizers kicked-off the event on 18 to 20 February where a brand new Hyundai Sonata car was up for grabs for the participants. It also allowed participants to win the 4-day Complimentary Season ticket to the Open which is being held at KLGCC (Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club). The Sonata winner was selected on the final day of the tournament.
More events before Malaysian Open
There were some road shows and contests happening before each of the annual event. One of them was at the Mid Valley Mega Mall as well as 1 Utama Shopping Centre.
The contest is called “It’s All About the Drive” where you will need to sink a putt to win the tickets. The other one is where you will have to attend all 4 days of the event where each day will get you a stamp. Once you have collected all 4 stamps, you will need to sink all 3 putts consecutively on the final day during the Malaysian Open and you would be the lucky winner.
2013’s edition was a prize money of USD2.5 million where Malaysian professional golfers challenged against some world’s best. While no Malaysian has ever won the Open before, past winners of our very own tournament here include former number one Vijay Singh and Lee Westwood. In 2013, international players who joined the tour include Thongchai Jaidee, John Parry, Marcus Fraser, Rhys Davies and others. Meanwhile, Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIIroy.