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PGA European - Maybank Malaysian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 14th through Sunday, April 17th
SITE: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Neil Haworth (1993), Parslow & Parslow (2007)
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:  50th (13th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Friday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Seung-yul Noh
Runner-Up:  K.J. Choi
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;
  Noh Seung-yul, 2009 - Saujana Golf & Country Club)
Course Record:  62 (Raphael Jacquelin, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000 (1,726,704 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $416,660; 2nd Place - $277,770; 3rd Place - $156,500
2010 Finish
Seung-yul Noh274Danny Willett277
K.J. Choi275Thongchai Jaidee278
Soren Hansen276Johan Edfors278
Rhys Davies276Jason Knutzon279
Kiradech Aphibarnrat276Four players at280
Past Maybank Malaysian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Seung-yul Noh---------------------T-11Won
Rhys Davies------------------mc73rdT-3
Soren Hansenmc---mcT-71---wd------T-3
K. Aphibarnrat------------------------T-3
Danny Willett------------------------6th
Johan Edfors------T-26---T-37---T-10T-11T-7
Thongchai JaideeT-27T-21WonWon2ndmcmcT-30T-7
Mark Brown------------------T-26mcT-10
Ignacio GarridoT-4mc---------T-3T-63T-44T-14
S.S.P. Chowrasia---------------T-16T-46T-69T-19
Thaworn Wiratchant---T-33T-8T-11T-31mcmcmcT-25
Scott Strange------------T-18mcT-21mcT-34
Soren KjeldsenT-38T-33---mcT-37T-42T-21---T-34
Andrew Dodt---------------------mcT-39
Anthony KangT-11T-40T-41T-67T-55mcT-52WonT-44
David Horsey---------------------T-2T-60
Louis Oosthuizen---------------------T-7---
Alastair ForsythWonT-33---------T-34mcmc---
Charl Schwartzel---T-29------------T-6------
Rory McIlroy------------------mc------
Martin Kaymer---------------mc---------
Todd Hamilton---------------------------
Matteo Manassero---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Rory McIlroy
Darkhorse - Tetsuji Hiratsuka
Last Week's Pick to Win (L.Donald, J.Furyk, M.Kuchar) - T-4, T-24, T-27
Last Week's Darkhorse (S.Garcia, N.Watney, J.Byrd) - T-35, 46th, MC
The European Tour moves to Malaysia this week for the Maybank Malaysian Open. Four of the top-30 players in the world are competing this week, including the last three major championship winners. Charl Schwartzel headlines the field after dramatically winning the Masters with four straight birdies in the final round to win his first major. He is joined by world No. 1 and 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. Also in the field is world No. 9 Rory McIlroy, who was the 54-hole leader at the Masters before shooting a final-round 80 and finishing tied for 15th.

The championship is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 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 52 occasions.

Last year, 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, Arjun Atwal needed two extra holes to defeat 2007 champion Peter Hedblom and win this event for the second time. Atwal, who also won this 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 the title. 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.

Charlie Wi fired a nine-under 63 in the final round of 2006 to come from behind and win the title. He finished at 19-under-par 197 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and won by a single stroke over two-time defending champion Thongchai Jaidee. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes because lightning storms plagued the event all week.

In 2005, 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.

This tournament is in its 13th year on the European Tour, however, it dates back to 1962. 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, PGA Tour players Vijay Singh, Atwal, Wi, Steve Flesch, Glen Day, Jeff Maggert and Champions Tour players Stewart Ginn, Mark McNulty and Graham Marsh.

Since 1999, seven of the 12 winners have been players claiming their maiden European Tour International Schedule victory. They are: Gerry Norquist (1999), Yeh Wei-tze (2000), Alastair Forsyth (2002), Thongchai Jaidee (2004), Charlie Wi (2006), Anthony Kang (2009) and Noh Seung-yul (2010).

Next week, the European Tour heads to China for the Volvo China Open, where Y.E. Yang captured the 2010 title.

04/12 15:45:43 ET

As of April 12, 2011, at 03:45 PM ET