World Number 19 Danny Willett of England and leading Asian Tour players Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand have confirmed their participation at the Maybank Championship Malaysia, which will to be held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) from February 18–21.
The trio join previously confirmed participants Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer, ensuring that the inaugural edition of the tournament will have at least five of the world’s top 40 in attendance.
Willett was a member of the triumphant European team at last week’s EURASIA CUP, securing the winning point for Captain Darren Clarke’s side against Team Asia, which featured Aphibarnrat and Jaidee.
The Maybank Championship Malaysia will be co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour, the Professional Golf of Malaysia Tour (PGM Tour) and the Professional Golfers Association of Malaysia (PGAM).
One of the most lucrative co-sanctioned tournaments in Southeast Asia, the championship offers a prize fund of US$3 million.
The event will also provide a significant platform for Asian players to gain valuable Official World Golf Ranking points, and stake a claim for a place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.