Our man at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club brings you all of the action from behind the scenes at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
From the Masters to Malaysia
Now that we’ve all had chance to draw breath following the dramatic conclusion to the Masters Tournament on Sunday, it is back to the action with this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open. It’s quite a trek from Augusta National to Kuala Lumpur but thankfully it’s one that newly crowned Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy have both made. The pair, who provided such enthralling entertainment for four rounds last week, landed at 7.30am local time on Wednesday morning after a gruelling 20 hour journey, that included a private jet to JFK airport in New York then a flight to London and another to the Malaysia capital. Following their exertion last week and in getting here, both have been given grace from the Pro-Am. Which was just as well really, as the pair discovered upon landing in Kuala Lumpur that neither of their clubs had made the connection. Not ideal preparation then but from the sound of it, both Rory and Charl had a good time on the way over. On the first stage of their journey, serial social networker Rory tweeted a picture of Charl and him on their jet, with Charl wearing the prize he claimed so impressively at Augusta National with the caption: “Flying to Malaysia with Charl. Glad one of us has the Green Jacket on”. See the picture for yourself on Twitter. Rory has been nothing but magnanimous since missing out on his own maiden Major Championship and has impressed everyone with his attitude. Surely it’s only a matter of time before the 21 year old is clutching one of golf’s four Major prizes himself.
Major champions for a Major Milestone
The Maybank Malaysian Open celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and it’s fitting that we have the strongest field ever assembled for the tournament here this week. For the first time in the event’s prestigious history, three Major Champions will line up alongside each other in Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer and new Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel. It was very apt, therefore, that the tournament was launched on Tuesday night by another, five time Open Champion Peter Thomson, who played in the very first Malaysian Open in 1962.The Australian spoke in front of a gala dinner about the tournament’s history, from its modest beginnings to the grand spectacle it is today. A fitting tribute from a golfing great.