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Maybank Malaysian Open
Kuala Lumpur G&CC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16 Feb 2006 - 19 Feb 2006
Wi Stands Tall to Win Maybank Malaysian Open title
Korean Charlie Wi denied Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee a hat-trick of titles in the Maybank Malaysian Open after a blistering third and final round of 63 earned him a one stroke victory at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Wi birdied the final hole for a 19 under par total of 197 after the event had been reduced to 54 holes following the storm delays to claim his first European Tour title with Jaidee one adrift after a 66. Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin mounted a final day charge with a ten under par 62 to finish third on 17 under par 199 with the English pairing on John Bickerton and Mark Foster sharing fourth place.
Srirot Leads as Maybank Malaysian Open is Reduced to 54 Holes
Thailand's Thammanoon Srirot edged into the lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open with a birdie at the first hole of his third round but was then forced off the course by the adverse weather conditions that have now reduced the tournament to 54 holes. Just as Srirot rolled in a 30 foot birdie putt at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to move to 13 under par, play was abandoned for the day due to a lightning storm. With further bad weather forecast for Malaysia over the next 24 hours, Officials from both The European Tour and the Asian Tour had no option but to now play the event over 54 holes.
Precise Park Steals Jaidee's Thunder
Welshman David Park produced a vintage display of short iron play to snatch the lead from defending champion Thongchai Jaidee before thunderstorms brought an early end to the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Play was stopped at 2.51pm local time and officially abandoned for the day at 5.25pm, meaning only 64 players had completed 36 holes. Prior to the storms, the scoring had been hotter than the sauna-like temperatures in the Malaysian capital. Jaidee stormed back into contention for an unprecedented treble with a superb round of nine under par 63, while Park added a 64 to his 67 for a 13 under par total of 131, to leapfrog Jaidee and his compatriot Thammanoon Srirot.
Jiménez Confirms Lead after Delayed First Round in Malaysia
The delayed first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open was concluded early on Friday morning with Miguel Angel Jiménez of Spain confirming his place at the top of the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant. A total of 63 players were called in early to complete their opening rounds and for Jiménez this only required playing the 18th hole, which he parred after missing a chance for a birdie four. The Ryder Cup player signed for an eight under par 64 but was denied the record for the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club because preferred lies are in place this week.
Jiménez's Charge Halted By Darkness in Malaysia
Miguel Angel Jiménez’s charge to the top of the leaderboard on the first day of the Maybank Malaysian Open was cut short by the evening gloom above Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club – but it would have taken more than that to darken the mood of the colourful Spaniard after he had played the first 17 holes in eight under par. Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant holds the clubhouse lead after a seven under par 65, but Jiménez will be on the 18th tee at 7.45am on Friday looking to seal his place at the top of the leaderboard.
Wiratchant Keeps Europeans at Bay Before Storm Hits
Thaworn Wiratchant had announced prior to his opening round at the Maybank Malaysian Open that he expected the winning total would be around 18 under par. Come lunchtime on Thursday and the Thai golfer had made his own prediction look a little on the cautious side after a seven under par 65 that was only blotted by a bogey at the ninth, his final hole. With heavy tropical storms forcing a suspension of play soon after, this score left Wiratchant leading by a stroke from England’s Richard Finch, Welshman Garry Houston, Francesco Molinari of Italy and Ireland’s Gary Murphy.
Happy Harrington at home in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur woke from its St Valentine’s Day celebrations to find Padraig Harrington declaring his love for the city as he prepared for his eighth attempt at winning the Maybank Malaysian Open, which starts on Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
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Defending champion, Thongchai Jaidee is bidding to win the Maybank Malaysian Open for a third consecutive year. Should he make a second successful defence, the Thai golfer would become just the sixth golfer in European Tour history to win the same tournament three straight years. He would follow: Ian Woosnam (1990-92 Monte Carlo Open); Nick Faldo (1991-93 Irish Open); Colin Montgomerie (1998-2000 PGA Championship); Tiger Woods (1999-01 World Golf Championships – NEC Invitational) and Ernie Els (2002-04 Heineken Classic).
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