Westwood Returns for Maybank Malaysian Open

Maybank Malaysian Open 2014

Kuala Lumpur, 16 Dec- Defending champion Lee Westwood will return to Malaysia to defend his title at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2015 joining him will be the flamboyant Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson as the national Open celebrates its tenth anniversary under Maybank’s title sponsorship. Having played at the open last year and walking away with the trophy, Westwood seems to be hot in Asia a testament to his recent form as the Brit recently won the Thailand Golf Championship. These two star players will be joining their former Ryder Cup teammates, Graeme McDowell and captain Paul McGinley as the foursome who were part of the winning team for the Ryder Cup 2014 and are expected to make waves among fans come February. Former world number one Westwood, ended a near two-year absence from the winner’s circle in style when he romped to a seven-shot victory at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in April for his 41st worldwide career title.

The 41-year-old Englishman is fighting fit as he looks to lift the Seagram Trophy for the third time, thanks to an intensive fitness regime in the build-up to the Ryder Cup. “You have to play really well to win any tournament by seven shots. I played really nicely that week and didn’t make many mistakes, which was key to my victory. If I can stay solid from tee to green, I don’t see why I can’t be in contention again,” said the hugely-popular Westwood, who has been a regular in these parts since 1994.

From a relatively unknown to a rising star, Dubuisson has a short-game that has prompted many to hail him as the new Seve Ballesteros. Armed with a calm focus and sublime shot-making flair, the 24-year-old linksman burst onto the radar in late 2013 when he beat a world-class field to lift his maiden European Tour crown at the Turkish Airlines Open. He has been a consistent finisher since, with a string of top-five finishes in 2014 including a tied-second at the season ending DP World Tour Championship a few weeks ago. The two stars will join a stellar cast of 156 players from the Asian Tour and European Tour for the prestigious co-sanctioned championship scheduled from February 5th- 8th, 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

The first national Open in Asia to be co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours since 1999, the Maybank Malaysian Open 2015 will once again feature top professional players as part of its 156-player line-up. Prize money earned at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2015 goes towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit and will also count towards the European Tour’s Race to Dubai at the end of the year. The premier event has seen the likes of Peter Thomson, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Michael Campbell, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Sir Nick Faldo making their mark over the decades and in recent times, produced young and exciting winners in the form of Korean sensation Noh Seung-yul (2010) and Matteo Manassero of Italy (2012).

For tournament updates and details of the event you can visit:- www.maybankmalaysianopen.com

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