I had some good results in the Malaysian Open in 2011 and 2012, so I’m looking forward to coming back and playing this new tournament.
Five members of Clarke’s triumphant European team are back in Kuala Lumpur for the first time since their exploits in the EURASIA CUP, as Willett renews acquaintances with Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, Dane Søren Kjeldsen and the English duo of Matt Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood.
That quality quintet all played their parts in Europe’s victory, but local heroes Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung also acquitted themselves well in defeat, forming a formidable partnership in the foursomes and fourballs.
The Malaysian duo are likely to prove popular at Royal Selangor, which boasts a rich history having also been the venue for the inaugural Maybank Malaysian Open in 1962.
Other notable names in the line-up include Italian Matteo Manassero and the Thai duo of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee, all previous winners of the Maybank Malaysian Open, plus Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup-winning Captain Paul McGinley.
The Maybank Championship Malaysia, which is being co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours, will offer a prize fund of US$3 million.