Golf’s Big Guns
KL rolls out the red carpet as big hitters descend on the capital for the Maybank Championship
Posted Wednesday, 25/01/2017 at 2:53 AM
KL rolls out the red carpet as big hitters descend on the capital for the Maybank Championship

Maybank Group President and CEO Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Danny Willett, Gavin Green and Maybank Director and Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor with the Maybank Championship Trophy

No less than 156 world class players will be teeing off at this year’s prestigious Maybank Championship, the nation’s longest running international golf tournament. They’ll be battling it out on the rugged fairways of the Palm Course aka ‘The Cobra’, recently revamped into a longer, even more gruelling course, in the Saujana Golf & Country Club for a slice at the USD3 million tournament purse and valuable World Golf Ranking points.

Saujana Golf & Country Club

This year a contingent of ASEAN golf champions will be part of the hugely competitive player field which is composed of Asian Tour, European Tour and PGM Tour players. This support for ASEAN golfers will give them a chance to hone their skills against the elite while also providing a platform for them to be recognised on an international level.

Gracing the field on the Palm Course will be star player and reigning Masters Champion Danny Willett, who was part of the victorious Team Europe at the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur last January. “I’ve played pretty nicely here in the past so I will definitely be coming to Saujana with confidence and aiming to put in a strong performance across the four days,” said the Yorkshire man on his return to The Cobra.

Danny Willett returns to take on The Cobra

Willett will be joined by fellow holder of the Masters green jacket – the flashy garment only past champions of the Masters Tournament possess – Charl Schwartzel, the South African who has racked up an impressive 14 professional wins worldwide, with a total of 10 on the European Tour.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel 

Maybank’s Golf Ambassador and Malaysian Olympian Gavin Green, the first amateur player to win on the Asian Development Tour in 2014 and turn professional in 2015, will make his first appearance in the tournament, as well as top Asian favourite Anirban Lahiri who became the first Indian to finish in the top five of a Major when he shared fifth place at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

Gavin Green takes a drive

With the official tagline “Golf Like Never Before”, the Maybank Championship promises a riveting experience for golf fans with plenty off-the course attractions including yoga sessions, a virtual reality tour, Michelin-starred food by Chef Anton Mossiman and a crack at neon foot golf (find out what this is at the event!).

Loosen up with a yoga session while you're there!

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