DID YOU KNOW – TEN FACTS ABOUT THE MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN
• The Maybank Malaysian Open became part of The European Tour International Schedule in 1999 and was the first co-sanctioned event between The European and Asian Tours. It was played at the Saujana Golf and Country Club and won by American Gerry Norquist. This year will be the 16th occasion the two Tours have been involved in the event.
• Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Thongchai Jaidee (2004-2005) and make a successful defence of the title. Should he achieve this he would be only the second Thai player after Jaidee to make a successful defence of a European Tour title.
• Aphhibarnrat would also follow Thongchai Jaidee (2004-2005 Malaysian Open), as players to win the first two European Tour titles in the same event, as well as being in back-to-back years. The last player to win the same European Tour event for their first two triumphs was Mikael Lundberg (2005 and 2008 Russian Open Championship).
• The Maybank Malaysian Open is one of only two European Tour events to have witnessed two different teenage winners. In 20l0 Noh Seung-yul won in Malaysia, aged 18 years and 213 days. Twelve months later, Matteo Manassero won aged 17 years and 363 days. The first event was the Dutch Open which saw Seve Ballesteros in 1976 and Paul Way in 1982, aged 19 years and 121 days and 19 years and 149 days respectively.
• Thongchai Jaidee will be trying to continue his wonderful form in the event. He was victorious in 2004 and 2005, was second in 2006 and tied seventh in 2001 and 2010. Since the event became part of The European Tour in 1999 he has played 14 times, only missing the first year in 1999. Should he win, he would join Ernie Els in joint second place for the most European Tour victories on Asian soil, with five, two behind Miguel Angel Jiménez, with seven.
• The 2011 champion, Matteo Manassero will attempt to enhance his wonderful reputation in the Far East by claiming his third European Tour title in Asia, following the 2011 Maybank Malaysian Open and 2012 Singapore Open. He will be trying to match the current record of most consecutive winning seasons on The European Tour, with five, held at present by Louis Oosthuizen. Should the Italian win he would keep up his record of a victory every season he has been a Member of The European Tour, dating back to 2010.
• Since 1999, eight of the 15 years have been won by players claiming their maiden European Tour International Schedule victory. They are: Gerry Norquist (1999), Yeh Wei-tze (2000), Alastair Forsyth (2002), Thongchai Jaidee (2004), Charlie Wi (2006), Anthony Kang (2009), Noh Seung-yul (2010) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (2013).
• The Maybank Malaysian Open holds the record for most European Tour wins by Asian players with eight.
• Lee Westwood will be making his first appearance in the Maybank Malaysian Open since 2007, when he finished in a tie for 42nd. He is a former winner of the tournament, back in 1997. Of his 40 professional wins worldwide, 12 have arrived on Asian soil.
• After losing a play-off to Bubba Watson in the 2012 Masters Tournament, Louis Oosthuizen came to the Maybank Malaysian Open the very next week and won the tournament. This will be his fourth career appearance in the event.