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PGA European - Maybank Malaysian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th
SITE: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Neil Haworth (1993), Parslow & Parslow (2008)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,000
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 401 yds10 - Par 5 566 yds
2 - Par 4 444 yds11 - Par 3 226 yds
3 - Par 5 503 yds12 - Par 4 479 yds
4 - Par 3 146 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 3,425 Yds36 3,575 Yds
Annual:  51st (14th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Matteo Manassero
Runner-Up:  Gregory Bourdy
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:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $416,660; 2nd Place - $277,770; 3rd Place - $156,500
2011 Finish
Matteo Manassero272Felipe Aguilar276
Gregory Bourdy273Simon Dyson278
Rory McIlroy274Siddikur Rahman279
Alexander Noren275Martin Kaymer280
Rafael Cabrera-Bello275Alejandro Canizares280
Past Maybank Malaysian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Matteo Manassero---------------------------Won
Gregory Bourdy---------------T-34T-46mc---2nd
Martin Kaymer---------------mc---------T-9
Charl Schwartzel---T-29------------T-6------T-11
Soren KjeldsenT-38T-33---mcT-37T-42T-21---T-34T-13
Danny Willett------------------------6thT-17
Thongchai JaideeT-27T-21WonWon2ndmcmcT-30T-7T-17
Thaworn Wiratchant---T-33T-8T-11T-31mcmcmcT-25T-41
Rhys Davies------------------mc73rdT-3T-52
David Horsey---------------------T-2T-60T-52
Alastair ForsythWonT-33---------T-34mcmc---T-64
Louis Oosthuizen---------------------T-7---72nd
Anthony KangT-11T-40T-41T-67T-55mcT-52WonT-44mc
Peter Hedblom---mc------mcWon2ndmc------
Alvaro Quiros------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Louis Oosthuizen
Darkhorse - Soren Kjeldsen
Last Week's Pick to Win (L. Donald, R. McIlroy, T. Woods) - T-32, T-40, T-40
Last Week's Darkhorse (B. Watson, J. Furyk, B. Van Pelt) - Won, 11th, T-17
The European Tour moves to Malaysia this week for the Maybank Malaysian Open. Three of the top-20 players in the world are competing this week - Martin Kaymer (7), Charl Schwartzel (12) and Louis Oosthuizen (19). All three players are major championship winners - Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship), Schwartzel (2011 Masters) and Oosthuizen (2010 British Open).

Oosthuizen almost became a two-time major winner last week at The Masters, but lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson. He is one of five players that are making the long trip from Augusta to Malaysia. Joining him are Simon Dyson, Kaymer, Alvaro Quiros and Schwartzel. Dyson and Quiros missed the cut at The Masters, while Kaymer finished tied for 44th and Schwartzel tied for 50th in his title defense.

This will be the 51st staging of this event. The tournament was first played in 1962 and is the second most played national open in Asia, behind the UBS Hong Kong Open, which has been played on 53 occasions. This tournament is in its 14th 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 Lee Westwood, Vijay Singh, Arjun Atwal, Charlie Wi, Steve Flesch, Glen Day, Jeff Maggert and Champions Tour players Stewart Ginn, Mark McNulty and Graham Marsh.

Last year, Italy's Matteo Manassero closed with a four-under 68 in the final round to pick up a one-stroke win over Gregory Bourdy. Manassero finished his second European Tour title at 16-under-par 272. He also won the 2010 Castello Masters. Manassero holds the top two spots among youngest winners in European Tour history. He was only 17 years old for both wins. If he wins this week, Manassero would claim three victories prior to his 19th birthday, which is next week.

In 2010, 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. The South Korean Noh shot four-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 five-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-five 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 eight-under 64 to finish at 18-under-par 270.

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

In 2005, Thongchai Jaidee carded a final-round, two-under 70 to win his second straight Malaysian Open 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, seven of the 13 winners have been players claiming their maiden European Tour International Schedule victory. They are: Gerry Norquist (1999), Yeh Wei-tze (2000), Alastair Forsyth (2002), Jaidee (2004), Wi (2006), Kang (2009) and Seung-yul Noh (2010).

Next week, the European Tour heads to China for the Volvo China Open, where Nicolas Colsaerts captured the 2011 title.

04/10 14:52:30 ET

As of April 10, 2012, at 02:52 PM ET

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