KUALA LUMPUR: Two-time major winner John Daly has withdrawn from this month’s Carlsberg Malaysian Open scheduled at the Mines Resort and Golf Club from Feb 20-23.
The American, in a statement yesterday, said: “The end of 2002 was very sad for me personally with my family’s loss of our mother. Although I had initially committed to play in the Malaysian Open, I have decided to stay in the US in the early part of 2003 to spend more time with my family.
“I enjoyed playing in Malaysia two years ago and I hope to return in the near future as the tournament was staged superbly and the fans were really wonderful.”
The Malaysian Open, offering total prize money of US$1.1 million, is the richest national Open in the region. It has attracted other world-class names such as world number five Retief Goosen of South Africa, Irishman Padraig Harrington, who is ranked eighth in the world, England’s Lee Westwood, Europe’s Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley and Asia’s top names such as Jyoti Randhawa, Thongchai Jaidee and Zhang Lian-wei, who beat Ernie Els to win the European Tour-sanctioned Caltex Masters last month.
The Malaysian Open is jointly sanctioned by the Asian PGA and European Tours.
Organisers, meanwhile, said that tickets for the Malaysian Open are selling briskly and have advised fans to buy their tickets early.
For the first and second rounds, tickets are priced at RM10 per day while ticket prices for the third and final rounds are RM20 per day. Season tickets for all four rounds are available at RM40.
Tickets can be purchased through Allied Ticketing Hotline 03-74919999 or at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Sri Kembangan.
Fans can also buy tickets at the following outlets appointed by Allied Ticketing: Video Eazy (KLCC, Sungei Wang Plaza and Bangsar Baru), Fantasy Music Centre (Sunway Pyramid), Salem Cool Planet (Shaw Centre Point, Klang, One Utama and Mid Valley Megamall) and Music Valley outlets in Cheras, Ipoh, Johor Baru, Seremban, Malacca and Penang.
Ticket holders will also help raise funds for the Malaysian Golf Association’s junior golf development programmes.