Maybank bump up Malaysian Open golf purse


  • Golf
  • Monday, 08 Sep 2014

Lee Westwood of England was the winner of last year's Maybank Malaysian Open golf championship. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be an increase in prize money for next year’s Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from Feb -5-8.

Maybank, one of South-East Asia’s leading financial institutions, has increased the total prize money by US$250,000 (RM792,500) to US$3mil (RM9.51mil) to celebrate its 10th anniversary as the title sponsor next season.

This year’s tournament, also held at the KLGCC in April, offered a total purse of US$2.75mil (RM8.72mil). England’s Lee Westwood emerged as champion.

Maybank chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said the tournament has grown to be a respected event on both the Asian and European Tours.

“It fills me with great pride that Maybank has done its part to elevate our national Open to a world-class tournament. Next year marks the 10th year that Maybank will bring the Malaysian Open to its fans. And in highlighting our nation’s sports tourism destinations, we are thrilled to celebrate this historic milestone with an increase in prize money.

“Over the past nine years, we have strived to make it better and stronger. Leading Major championship winners like Rory Mcllroy, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and multiple winners like Lee Westwood, Thongchai Jaidee and K.J. Choi have graced the tournament over the years.

“It will be the same next year as we will see a number of golfing luminaries come and display their skills to thrill the spectators from all over the world,” added Megat Zaharuddin.

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