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PGA European - Maybank Malaysian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th
SITE: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Neil Haworth (1991), Parslow & Parslow (2008)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,967
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 401 yds10 - Par 5 539 yds
2 - Par 4 444 yds11 - Par 3 226 yds
3 - Par 5 503 yds12 - Par 4 479 yds
4 - Par 3 140 yds13 - Par 4 459 yds
5 - Par 5 518 yds14 - Par 4 358 yds
6 - Par 4 420 yds15 - Par 3 199 yds
7 - Par 4 386 yds16 - Par 4 318 yds
8 - Par 3 203 yds17 - Par 4 336 yds
9 - Par 4 404 yds18 - Par 5 634 yds
36 3,419 Yds36 3,548 Yds
Annual:  53rd (16th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Friday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 6:30-10:30 a.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Runner-Up:  Edoardo Molinari
Tournament Record:  260 (Arjun Atwal, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Arjun Atwal, 2003)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Arjun Atwal, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Arjun Atwal, Fredrik Andersson Hed, 2003 - Mines GC;
  Nick Dougherty, 2008 - Kota Permai Golf Club;
  Seung-yul Noh, 2009 - Saujana Golf & Country Club)
Course Record:  62 (Raphael Jacquelin, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $458,330; 2nd Place - $305,550; 3rd Place - $172,150
2013 Finish
Kiradech Aphibarnrat #203Mark Foster207
Edoardo Molinari204Padraig Harrington207
Anders Hansen205David Howell207
Charl Schwartzel206Alexander Noren207
Victor Dubuisson206Pablo Larrazabal207

# - Weather Shortened

Past Maybank Malaysian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013#Kiradech Aphibarnrat (203) -- Edoardo Molinari
2012Louis Oosthuizen (271) -- Stephen Gallacher
2011Matteo Manassero (272) -- Gregory Bourdy
2010Seung-yul Noh (274) -- K.J. Choi
2009Anthony Kang (271) -- Jyoti Randhawa, Miles Tunnicliff, David Horsey,
Prayad Marksaeng
2008*Arjun Atwal (270) -- Peter Hedblom
2007Peter Hedblom (280) -- Jean-Francois Lucquin
2006#Charlie Wi (197) -- Thongchai Jaidee
2005Thongchai Jaidee (267) -- Jyoti Randhawa
2004Thongchai Jaidee (274) -- Brad Kennedy
2003Arjun Atwal (260) -- Retief Goosen, Brad Kennedy
2002*Alastair Forsyth (267) -- Stephen Leaney
2001*Vijay Singh (274) -- Padraig Harrington
2000Wei-tze Yeh (278) -- Padraig Harrington, Des Terblanche,
Craig Hainline
1999Gerry Norquist (280) -- Bob May, Alex Cejka
1998*Edward Fryatt -- Lee Westwood
1997Lee Westwood (274) -- Larry Barber
1996Steve Flesch (281) -- Craig Jones
1994*Joakim Haeggman -- Periasamy Gunasegaran, Frank Nobilo
1992Vijay Singh
1991Rick Gibson
1990Glen Day
1989Jeff Maggert
1988Tray Tyner
1987Terry Gale
1986Stewart Ginn
1985Terry Gale
1984Lu Chien-soon
1983Terry Gale
1982Denny Hepler
1981Lu Hsi-chuen
1980Mark McNulty
1979Lu Hsi-chuen
1978Brian Jones
1977Stewart Ginn
1976Hsu Sheng-san
1975Graham Marsh
1974Graham Marsh
1973Hideyo Sugimoto
1972Yakashi Murakami
1971Takaaki Kono
1970Ben Arda
1969Takaaki Kono
1968Kenji Hoishi
1967Ireneo Legaspi
1966Harold Henning
1965Tomoo Ishii
1964Tomoo Ishii
1963Bill Dunk
1962Frank Phillips

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Note:Formerly called Benson & Hedges Malaysian Open (2000),
Carlsberg Malaysian Open (2001-05).

Top Contenders in the Field
K. Aphibarnrat------------------T-3mcwdWon
Edoardo Molinari---------------------------2nd
Gregory Bourdy---------T-34T-46mc---2ndT-47T-11
Matteo Manassero---------------------WonT-7T-17
Alvaro Quiros------------------------T-29T-28
Alastair Forsyth---------T-34mcmc---T-64T-63T-28
Thongchai JaideeWonWon2ndmcmcT-30T-7T-17mcT-33
Soren Kjeldsen---mcT-37T-42T-21---T-34T-13T-16T-55
Peter Hedblom------mcWon2ndmc------mcmc
Anthony KangT-41T-67T-55mcT-52WonT-44mcT-57wd
Louis Oosthuizen---------------T-7---72ndWon---
Francesco Molinari---T-35T-8---5thmc------------
Lee Westwood---------T-42------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Richie Ramsay
Last Week's Pick to Win (Alejandro Canizares) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Horsey) - Finished tied for 12th
The European Tour moves to Malaysia this week for the Maybank Malaysian Open. Four of the top-57 players in the world are competing this week - Lee Westwood (36), Louis Oosthuizen (38), Francesco Molinari (51) and Matteo Manassero (57).

Westwood finished seventh last week at the Masters. The former world No. 1 will be trying to win for the first time since the 2012 Nordea Masters. Oosthuizen finished 25th at the Masters. He has one victory this season at the Volvo Golf Champions in January.

This will be the 53rd staging of this event. The tournament was first played in 1962 and is the second most played national open in Asia, behind the Hong Kong Open, which has been played on 55 occasions.

This tournament is in its 16th year on the European Tour. The Asian Tour and the European Tour co-sanction the event. This was the first tournament ever co-sanctioned between the two tours. Former winners include Westwood, Vijay Singh, Oosthuizen, Manassero, Thongchai Jaidee, Arjun Atwal, Charlie Wi, Steve Flesch, Glen Day, Jeff Maggert and Champions Tour players Stewart Ginn, Mark McNulty and Graham Marsh.

Last year, Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded rounds of 65-68-70 for a 1-stroke victory over Edoardo Molinari at the weather-shortened event. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes following several weather delays throughout the week. Aphibarnrat finished at 13-under-par 203 to capture his first career victory on the European Tour.

In 2012, just one week after his playoff loss to Bubba Watson at the Masters, Oosthuizen posted rounds of 66-68-69-68 to cruise to victory. He finished at 17-under 271 and won by three strokes over Stephen Gallacher at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

In 2011, Italy's Manassero closed with a 4-under 68 in the final round to pick up a 1-stroke win over Gregory Bourdy. Manassero finished his second European Tour title at 16-under-par 272. Manassero holds the top two spots among youngest winners in European Tour history. He was only 17 years old for his first two wins.

Then-18-year-old Seung-yul Noh got up and down for birdie on the final hole to fend off K.J. Choi and win by a single stroke in 2010. The South Korean Noh shot a 4-under 68 in the final round and completed his first European Tour title at 14-under-par 274.

In 2009, Anthony Kang birdied the 72nd hole to win by a single stroke over four players. Kang closed with a 5-under 67 to finish the tournament at 17- under-par 271. He nearly cost himself the title as he bogeyed the 16th, but a birdie on the par-5 closing hole at Saujana Golf and Country Club gave Kang his first European Tour title.

After a long weather delay in 2008 on the final day, Atwal needed two extra holes to defeat 2007 champion Peter Hedblom and win this event for the second time. Atwal, who also won the title in 2003, closed with an 8-under 64 to finish at 18-under-par 270.

Hedblom posted his second consecutive round of 4-under 68 in the final round in 2007 to come from behind and win. He finished at 8-under-par 280, which was good for a 1-shot victory over Jean-Francois Lucquin. The win was Hedblom's second on the European Tour, but his first in quite some time. Hedblom's first title on the circuit came at the 1996 Moroccan Open, and he even won on the European Challenge Tour in between.

In 2005, Jaidee carded a final-round, 2-under 70 to win his second straight Malaysian Open title in wire-to-wire fashion. Jaidee completed the event at 21-under-par 267 to become the first back-to-back winner since Graham Marsh in 1974-75. With his victory in 2004, Jaidee became the first golfer from Thailand to win on the European Tour.

Since 1999, eight of the 15 winners have been players claiming their maiden European Tour victory. They are: Gerry Norquist (1999), Yeh Wei-tze (2000), Alastair Forsyth (2002), Jaidee (2004), Wi (2006), Kang (2009), Noh (2010) and Aphibarnrat (2013).

Next week, the European Tour travels to China for the Volvo China Open, where Brett Rumford captured the 2013 title.

04/15 16:45:50 ET

As of April 15, 2014, at 04:46 PM ET

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