World Number Nine Henrik Stenson will make his debut at the Maybank Championship next year when the Swede heads the field at Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Title sponsors Maybank this week revealed the first player confirmed for the 2018 Maybank Championship, which takes place from February 1-4 of next year.
Stenson holds the honour of being the only professional golfer to have won both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup in the same year, while his Open Championship victory in 2016 was regarded as one of the finest and most exciting displays seen on the last day of any major championship.
He will compete with 155 players from both the European Tour and the Asian Tour for a prize fund of $3 million.
The Maybank Championship is co-sanctioned by both tours, a long-standing partnership which last year was officially ratified through a Strategic Alliance and which provides opportunities for Asian Tour players to make a big break, while also bringing the European Tour to some of the best venues on the Asian continent.
The event is endorsed by the Sports Commissioner of Malaysia, supported by professional golfing bodies across the region and will once again provide a significant platform for players looking to gain valuable experience and Official World Golf Ranking points.
“We are delighted to welcome Henrik Stenson to Maybank Championship 2018, ASEAN’s leading home-grown international golfing experience. As one of the most respected and anticipated co-sanctioned tournaments in the ASEAN region, the Maybank Championship will be a valuable platform for this established champion to make his mark.
“Having Stenson with us will definitely create opportunities for rising tour professionals across ASEAN, as well as top Malaysian golfers from the local Tour, to experience true competition with one of the world’s best golfers,” said Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President and CEO of Maybank.
The third edition of the Maybank Championship will once again further its efforts at expanding the appeal of golf to a wider pool of fans; enhancing the sensory experience of visitors to the event; and ensuring a wider variety of ways that Maybank and the tournament are able to bring the sport to life for guests through experiential elements on site.