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Louis Ossthuizen won the Maybank Malaysian Open, putting behind him the disappointment of The Masters defeat at the hands of Bubba Watson. Louis had to overcome tiredness and jet lag from his long haul flight from Augusta to to win by three shots at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. He mentioned the tiredness;
“I thought I was going to be a lot more tired, it was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn’t expect to play this well because of the tiredness. The one thing I did know was that the game was there so that helped a lot. I was pretty tired at points in those first couple of rounds but overall it has been great and I am over the moon with the result. On Thursday I knew the game was there, it was just a question of whether or not I would be able to go all the way physically. Having a good week this week was important and playing well. I didn’t want to come here and play bad but to win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”
Three shots back in second place was Stephen Gallacher, the 2004 Dunhill Links Championship winner was still delighted with his week’s work, but is still waiting for his second Tour win. He had a dodgy moment when he signed for a wrong score, but after it was sorted out he settled down to play well. The confusion came in the storm delayed third round when he signed for a four rather than birdie three on his card.
“I’m pleased with myself, only a couple of bogeys throughout the whole week and even threw in a shot which wasn’t there. Signed for a wrong score this morning. Apart from that, I kept my head. I’m quite proud of myself for that. I thought I signed it properly. Signed for a 69 when I shot a 68 . I only found out when I was at the first tee. I thought I was tied for the lead, and then was one behind but luckily it didn’t affect me that much. It’s one of those things that you learn. It didn’t cost me much. I played lovely, really good. It was just a battle , it was really hot and I’m absolutely shattered. That’s what you want to be in the last round , last group, second last group , that’s what you want to do. The more you do it, the more chances you can knock a couple off. It was a phenomenal performance [by Louis] after last week. I thought he may get tired today and obviously he didn’t. Fair play to him, he played great.”
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Louis Oosthuizen lead the Maybank Malaysian open after the completion of the storm affected third round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Danny Willett and Rafael Cabrera-Bello both enjoyed early birdies to move into a share of second with Stephen Gallacher. A lot time was lost to lightning storms on days two and three, the final round was underway immediately. Will catch up with this tournament later in the day, to see who finally comes out on top.
The lightening storm suspended Maybank Malaysian Open second round has been completed, with the top three on the leaderboard all South Africans. Louis Oosthuizen leads the way at -10 under par after a -4 second round, with Jbe Kruger and Hennie Otto just one shot back at -9 under par. Joining them at that score was Scotlands Stephen Gallagher who had a -4 under par round of 68. Biggest surprise was the +3 over par round of 75 from Charl Schwartzel, one of the leaders from the first round.
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Play was suspended at the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country club, due to a lightening storm. Before the storm some players had finished their rounds including Hennie Otto and Jbe Kruger who currently sit atop the leaderboard on -9 under par. Hennie with an -8 under par 64 and Jbe had a -7 under round of 65.
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Jbe Kruger spoke about the strong South African presence at the Maybank Malaysian Open;
“I think all of us South Africans are coming into this tournament with a little bit of form coming back. I spoke to Charl and he said he was struggling in the last couple of weeks. I was struggling as well so I guess we are just coming back into form. I have been playing well recently and we are taking small steps and gradually getting there. Most of the work that I have been doing is really on the mental side as opposed to the technical side of things and I am sticking with and trying to build on that momentum.”
We will see how things unfold when play restarts tomorrow, the guys who had finished their rounds will have plenty of time to relax and recuperate before they tee it up again. The others will have to finish round two and then go straight into round three.
Charl Schwartzel leads after the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Charl had a sweet round of 64 to top the leaderboard at -8 under par. Jeev Milka Singh is just one shot behind after his first round effort -7 under par for a round of 65.
Louis Oosthuizen, fresh from the US PGA Tour, is tied in third spot, and it was his good play that inspired Charl to his round. Charl turned in 33 after three birdies and a bogey on the back nine.
“Louis and I got off to a good fast start at the beginning and it is always nice when there are a couple of you in the group playing well and pulling each other a long a bit. Louis is playing so well right that it is impressive to watch and helped me on. I felt surprisingly good today. I got a good night’s sleep and woke up this morning before the alarm. The tiredness seems to catch me more in the afternoon than the morning so it felt pretty good. I’ll go back this afternoon and get some rest. Hopefully we can do the same again tomorrow. It is a long way to go and there are a lot of birdie opportunities out there but if I can keep playing the way I did today then I should have a chance on Sunday.”
If Louis Oosthuizen reproduces his Master’s form he will be in contention here come Sunday afternoon. He has recovered from his long haul flight and is raring to go.
“It was a long haul getting here,’ admitted the 2010 Open Champion.” I think me and Charl knew the first round, concentration levels won’t be great, but we did well. I knew the swing was still good. It was just adapting to the weather and the green speed, but I putted beautifully again today and hope to keep it going for the week. I feel like I’m swinging well. I think a lot of times, we’re used to a lot of travel and we adapt quickly. We knew there was always going to be one tough round which is normally the first one and luckily for us, it was early in the morning. We can have a nice rest now. We played well. Charl played really well, he could have shot ten or 11 under if he wanted to. It is great to see him play well, it was nice playing together when you’re playing well.”
Jeev, the 40 year old, was really happy with his days work;
“I’m really happy,” said the three-time European Tour winner. “I had a great start to the round. I hit a three wood to 20 feet and holed that for eagle, that gives you a good push and a jump start. I had a lot of birdie chances. I hit a lot of greens and my shots were close to the flags. I made a lot of putts too. I would take a round like that on this golf course any day.”