Louis Oosthuizen in a file photo. He won the 2012 edition of the Malaysian Open. – AFP Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2012, is returning for this year’s edition of the event.
The 31-year-old, nicknamed Shrek, who posted four sub-70 rounds en route to defeating Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher by three shots that year, is coming off an injury-plagued season and is limiting the number of tournaments he will play in this year.
The 2010 Open Champion, however, is unable to resist the lure of the Malaysian Open and is the title sponsor’s second confirmed star player.
England’s former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997, was announced as the first marquee player earlier this month.
Despite being hampered by various injuries in 2013, Oosthuizen began this season by defending the prestigious Volvo Golf Championship last month on home soil.
This year’s Malaysian Open will again be held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) from April 17-20 and offers US$2.75mil (RM9mil) in total prize money.
“I’m delighted to announce Louis Oosthuizen will be playing in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open ... he is widely regarded as one of the finest players on the European Tour,” said Maybank chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor.
Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) president Tan Sri Datuk Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said that having Oosthuizen and Westwood at the Malaysian Open would be a big boost for the tournament.
The Malaysian Open was the first tournament in Asia to be co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours in 1999, the year Gerry Norquist of the United States took home the title.