Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat is hoping a new coach and an alteration to his swing will help him rediscover his best form in this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open.
A return to the scene of his maiden European Tour victory, however, has Aphibarnrat excited again about what lies ahead.
“I have a lot of good memories here,” he continued. “I haven’t been playing very well in the first three months because of my swing. But every time I tee off here, I get a lot of energy and good vibes to play well. I have a lot of confidence playing here.
“My new coach, Pompetch Saraputti, was one of the Thai national team players when I was young, and we had the chance to play together. He got an injury so he had to quit golf.
“He knows my game and swing very well, and he’s made one small change in my swing which has been working for me. He will be here with me this week.”
Aphibarnrat is part of a strong field in the Malaysian capital, with Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee also in action after flying in straight from the Masters Tournament.
Young Englishman Garrick Porteous, who won the 2013 Amateur Championship, will make his professional debut, and his compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 2013 US Amateur champion, is also in the field after playing at Augusta National last week.