LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

World No 2 Luke Donald Confirmed for Malaysian Open

Pix: rydercup.comPix: rydercup.comLONDON: World number two Luke Donald (pic) will compete at the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur for the first time in March, reported Eurosport.

The Malaysian Open, held from March 21 - 24 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, is regarded as the most prestigious golf event in the country and a leading  National Open in the region.

The event has hosted some of the best international and regional professional golf players. This year, the tournament ups the ante with a prize purse of £1.71 million, an increase of over £150,000 from last year’s tournament.

Englishman Donald is determined to regain the World Number One crown this year from Rory McIlroy, one of his teammates in Europe’s thrilling success in last year’s Ryder Cup.

The 35-year-old, who won the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011, has accrued a total of seven European Tour titles, including back to back success in the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

Maybank chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said, “The confirmation of Luke Donald is indeed another boost for the Maybank Malaysian Open.

“Since we took over the title sponsorship of this tournament in 2006, we have endeavoured to bring world class golfing personalities to Malaysia.”

“Donald’s presence, like many other top players we have had in the past, will not only draw the crowd but also strengthen Malaysia’s standing in the global golfing map.

"Given the growing interest and spectator numbers at the Maybank Malaysian Open, we intend to continue inspiring our local fans and golfers with the opportunity to see the world’s best on our greens, and in the process, raising the standard of golf in Malaysia.”

Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of the European Tour said: “Luke Donald’s debut in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open and the increase in the prize fund will serve to further heighten the profile of what is already a well-established and prestigious tournament on The European Tour International Schedule.

“Since we began co-sanctioning the event in 1999, the stature of the Maybank Malaysian Open has grown year on year, and so we should thank our partners at the Asian Tour and the MGA for all their efforts.”

- mD