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Maybank Malaysian Open. 1st Round Play Suspended.

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1st round play has been suspended in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, where Lee Westwood leads.

Lee Westwood  (Getty Images)

 Lee Westwood / Getty Images

Lee shot a completed first round of -7 under par 65 to take the clubhouse lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open. There was a delay of around 75 minutes during the afternoon, due to the threat of lightning, that meant the first round could not completed on schedule. 

Lee and second placed Nicolas Colsaerts had to make the long journey from the United States to Kuala Lumpur to compete here.
Lee shrugging off the jet lag, saying he was full of momentum;

“I played well in Houston the week before the Masters and used that momentum going into the Masters. I played well last week in finishing seventh and I was happy to carry that on today. I’m pleased to get off to a good start. It’s nice to have a good one and build some momentum for the week.”

“I didn’t make the best of starts but fortunately that didn’t set the tone for the day, I hit it really well and hit it close a lot. I had to be patient because I was hitting good putts and they weren’t going in. I holed one from about eight feet on my 16th, twenty-five feet on the second-last hole and a nice fifteen footer with a bit of curl on the last. So it was a good round of golf in tricky conditions.”

Nicolas posted an opening round of -6 under par 66, and said he had been waiting quite a while for a decent round, and it was nice to get some confidence back;

“I’ve waited for a round like this since January 1, I just kept my momentum going and made a few bounce-backs. I parred the two par fives on the front which is a bit disappointing, but I kept very patient and that in the end was what made a difference.”

“I’ve felt I’ve played pretty well since early in the season, but there has always been a stretch of holes where I’ve shot myself in the foot for some reason. I’ve missed good opportunities to have good weeks. So the plan is to come back here to get some momentum and confidence back.”

Michael Hoey and Ricardo Santos are tied in third place, both with completed rounds of -5 under par 67. Michael had a strange experience with the grips on his clubs, but happily the putts were dropping;

 “A lot of putts went in, that was the highlight. I holed a fifty footer on the 13th up the hill. It was good chipping and putting all the way, so I’m really happy. It’s weird because my grips hadn’t set properly and I didn’t have a lot of confidence before I went out. The grips were moving slightly so I had to hold down the grip. So it just shows you in golf if you have low expectations you can play well.”

The defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded a -1 under par first round of 71, and will have to put together a good second round if he wants to catch the big guns at the top. First round play is set to resume at 0740 local time on Friday.

Maybank Malaysian Open, Champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat

The Maybank Malaysian Open Champion is Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a 23 year-old from Thailand.

Awesome Aphibarnrat claims maiden victory

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Malaysian Maybank Open, at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, by just one shot from Italian Edoardo Molinari. Kiradech finally finished his third round of the weather troubled tournament with a -2 under par round of 70, and a 54 hole total of -13 under par.

Edoardo had finished his round earlier, posting a club house lead of -12 under par. He then had to sit and watch Kiradech catch and the pass his total, although the result was not really finalized until the last hole, which Kiradech bogied.

Kiradech was very happy with his first European Tour win;

“This means a lot to me, I have to thank my family: my Mum and my Dad for all their support.”

Edoardo, who made his first cut since returning from a wrist injury, was pleased with his final round of -5 under par, 67;

“It’s mixed emotions because I’m very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time, The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer. I’m disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing. I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind.” 

 Anders Hansen, of Denmark, finished third after one of the days best rounds of 66. South African Charl Schwartzel and France’s Victor Dubuisson finished a shot further back  at -10 under par in fourth spot.

A surging Padraig Harrington, he went through the turn in 31 strokes, then managed to  drop three shots on the back nine and slipped back into a tie for sixth place.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Mayhem Reigns

The mayhem reigns at the Maybank Malaysian Open, the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes after the leaders had completed just two holes of their third round before play was suspended once again due to rain.

 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat   (Getty Images)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat / Getty Images

Kiradech Aphibarnrat has a one shot lead, he completed his second round and had played just two holes of the third round when the Tournament Director, David Garland announced;

” We’ve had another very large storm this afternoon, so suspended play for the day and after further discussions with our major sponsor Maybank the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes. We want to wrap it all up with the crowd and everyone here tomorrow.”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is at -11 under par, with playing partner Charl Swartzel at -10 under par. Kiradech was pleased with the halt in play, stating that he felt very tired;

” It’s good for me because I’m getting tired. I’ll try to play on my game and focus.I’ve got 16 holes to go, I want to concentrate on my own game and I’ve got a chance.”

The final round will be a real shootout, there are seven competitors on -9 under par, and they are all in with a chance to win this tournament. The chasing pack includes; Irish pair Padraig Harrington and Peter Lawrie, they are joined by former Ryder Cup player Italian Edoardo Molinari, Dane Anders Hansen, China’s Ashun Wu and the French duo of  Gregory Bourdy and Victor Dubuisson.

One big name that is missing from the line-up is  World number three Luke Donald, who missed the first halfway cut of his professional career in a regular European Tour event after adding a 73 to his opening 74.

Luke said in interview that he had really struggled with the greens, but the time off he has will help him to prepare for The Masters;

” I’ve got a couple of weeks off to get ready for Augusta and I’ll obviously be very diligent in my preparation. I would have loved to go back home in form, but in golf you just never know. We’ve seen it many times before when people go into tournaments with very little form and win, including Majors. So you just have to keep plugging and hope it’s your turn. The greens here are very different from what I play on, they are a little slower than what I’m used to and I just didn’t adjust or adapt to them. I just couldn’t read them for the life of me. I’d think it was right to left and it went the other way. I got John (his caddie) to read a few too and we were seeing the same things.”

Maybank Malaysian Open. Advantage Aphibarnrat In Malaysian Mayhem

On a stormy day two of the Maybank Malaysian Open,  Kiradech Aphibarnrat secured a late advantage when he birdied his last hole of the day to lead by one shot, in the Malaysian mayhem in Kuala Lumpur.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open   (Getty Images)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat / Getty Images

More storm delays meant that only half of the field had the opportunity to complete their second rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Course.

There were 78 players who had to resume their first rounds today.  Among them were Charl Schwartzel and Ashun Wu, who went on to complete their second rounds and set the clubhouse target at nine under par with matching rounds of  -4 under par 68. That target proved to be not quite good enough as the  overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat completed the front nine in -3 under par, 33 to get to -10 under par for the tournament, before darkness brought play to a close for the day. Kiradech still has eight holes to play in his second round.

Charl admitted that the tough conditions made it hard to concentrate;

” I can’t be too hard on myself because it’s extraordinarily hot out there. I lost a bit of concentration towards the end and made bad decisions on the sixth and seventh, poor club selections. I was in the middle of the fairway both times and made bogey. I hit a very poor shot on the seventh. It’s been a very long day but through it all I thought I played pretty well. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I’m playing consistently and if I had been a bit sharper today I maybe could have separated myself from the field, but I know I’m playing well and I’m feeling good.”

Ashun Wu was very happy to be in the club house in second position;

” I’m very happy today and my putting is good. I read the lines very well and that made me relax out there. I think it’s important to play with a strategy in mind this week and choosing of the right clubs to use will matter as well. I’ve been in a good form lately and I hope to maintain that. It’s great that I have the opportunity to play in this co-sanctioned event this week. It’s going to be very competitive because we’ve got all the top players from the Asian Tour and European Tour in the field.”

The weather in Malaysia is causing mayhem at the moment, and the organisers must be praying for some dry spells so that they can get this tournament back on track.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1st Round Leader

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is the first round leader at the Maybank Malaysian Open, being played at  the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat   (Getty Images)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat / Getty Images

Kiradech opened the tournament with a -7 under par round of 65, he managed to get in the clubhouse before the thunderstorms brought proceedings to a halt.

There are four players hot on his heels,  just one shot back on -6 under par are Anders Hansen, Edoardo Molinari, Scott Jamieson and Grégory Bourdy.

Grégory birdied five of his first seven holes and said -6 is a good score on this course;

” It’s great to start the tournament like this, six under is a good score on this course. I finished second here two years ago, so I like the course a lot. It’s maybe one of the best we play all season and it’s in great shape again this year. The area is great also, and the weather is very good. I’m enjoying this event again and I hope my game stays like this until Sunday.”

Anders has been struggling a bit this season and was very pleased with his opening round;

” I’m very, very pleased. I’ve been struggling a bit all year, but this week I’ve worked very hard on the range even though it has been so hot.  I hit a lot of good shots today, although I had a couple of loose ones at the start. I hit it in the water on the first which wasn’t good, but I made a good recovery. I hit some very solid golf shots yesterday in the pro-am and that gave me some confidence for today. It’s too hot to get frustrated so you just have to stick in there. It’s extreme and very difficult for everyone.”

World Number Three Luke Donald made his now customary slow start to a tournament and could only manage a +2 over par round of 74, despite chipping in for birdie at the first. Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington has made a good start in Kuala Lumpur with a three under par 69 for a share of tenth place.

Not everybody has completed their first rounds yet, so there could be some changes to the leaderboard before the start of the second round. Scott Jamieson is at -6 under par through ten holes, and could yet top the leaderboard himself.

Louis Oosthuizen Wins Maybank Malaysian Open

Third time lucky for Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen (Getty Images

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.

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“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.”

Louis Oosthuizen leads at completed third round @ Maybank Malaysian Open

Louis Oosthuizen  (Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen (Getty Images)

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.

Maybank Malaysian Open, completion of 2nd round

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.

Louis Oosthuizen  (Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen (Getty Images)

Maybank Maylasian Open, 2nd round play suspended

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.

Kruger and Otto shine before the stormJbe Kruger (Getty Images)

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.

Maybank Malaysian Open,Kuala Lumpur G.&CC. Schwartzel leads

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.

Schwartzel shines with a little help from his friend

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“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.”

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