DANNY Chia, Nicholas Fung and Shaaban Hussin are among the twelve local players who have qualified to play at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Feb 5th-8th at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
The tournament will also see a increase of prize money from US$2.75 million to US$3 million.
The top Malaysian players on the Asian Tour as well as the Professional Golf of Malaysia Order of Merit and members of the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia, will join a field of 156 players consisting of the world’s leading golfers next year.
The 12 ranked Malaysian are not required to compete at the National Qualifiers on the Nov 18th19th at KLGCC.
The two-day National Qualifiers will see 100 golfers competing for four more slots.
The Maybank Malaysian Open offers the highest number of spots for Malaysian golfers in a co-sanctioned international golfing event in the country. As a joint initiative by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA), Maybank and GlobalOne to provide Malaysian sportsmen the opportunity to compete in world class events.
Twenty-two spots up for grabs and these are divided among the ten players from the Asian Tour and PGM Tour; four winners from the National Qualifiers; three sponsors invite, one of which is the winner from the Maybank Tour Championship and the participation of four amateurs who are selected by MGA through their own merit.
Gavin Kyle Green has already secured his spot among the four amateurs. The final two invitational spots with the remaining three amateur spots are expected to be announced by mid January.
QUALIFIED Malaysians: Nicholas Fung, Danny Chia, Iain Steel, Shaaban Hussin and Ben Leong (from the Asian Tour); R. Nachimuthu, Airil Rizman Zahari, Sukree Othman, Khor Kheng Hwai, Kemarol Baharin (from the PGM Tour) and Arie Fauzi (Maybank invitee).