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Maybank today has announced that its premier golfing event in February next year, the Maybank Championship, will be held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC). "I am pleased that our partners have been able to reach an agreement to have the event at RSGC, one of the country's most eminent golf clubs. With its 123 years of golfing heritage, it has been one of the proponents of heightening Malaysia's golfing standards when it was the first club to host the Malaysian Open in 1962, and we are very pleased to be contributing to RSGC's magnanimity of creating and sustaining milestones in our country's sporting traditions", said Tan Sri Dato Megat Zaharuddin, Chairman of Maybank.
"We are confident that with the participation of top golfers from the European and Asian Tours, Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) Tour and Professional Golfers Association of Malaysia (PGAM), supplemented by selected talents from Malaysia and ASEAN countries where Maybank has operations, our event will provide the challenge for the players, excitement for the spectators and television viewers from around the world," added Tan Sri Megat.
"The Royal Selangor Golf Club is honoured to host Maybank’s premier event in 2016 as it is aligned to our heritage of hosting top championship golf events at our club. In the past decades, our courses have been graced by legends like Peter Thomson in the 60s to Severiano Ballesteros and Nick Faldo in the 90s. We eagerly await the arrival of the latest stars from the European and Asian Tours to entertain our members and challenge our golf course. The challenging course with several elevated greens has recently undergone extensive renovations and provides a tropical parkland setting with perhaps distracting views of the Petronas Twin Towers, which add to the demands of accurate golf shot execution" said Wong Lee Ming, Captain of RSGC.
Mike Kerr, CEO of Asian Tour commented, "The Asian Tour is looking forward to returning to the RSGC for the event next year. RSGC is one of the most iconic golf courses in Asia due to its steep history and tradition in the game, and I am sure our members will enjoy competing on its wonderful championship course against the stars from the European Tour."
Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said, "Following our announcement last month that Maybank’s premier event will be part of the 2016 Race to Dubai, we are delighted to confirm Royal Selangor Golf Club as the host venue for the event. The recently modified course, which has a rich golfing history, will provide the ideal setting for this tournament, and I’m certain our members will enjoy the challenge it presents next February."
Maybank recently announced that its tournament, which is being sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours will offer a total prize money of USD3 million, making it one of the richest among the European and Asian Tours in this part of the world.
It will also continue to have the largest number of appropriately qualified Malaysian golfers participate in the tournament together with a fixed number of spots accorded to other ASEAN golfing talents in line with Maybank's commitment to further enhance its ASEAN community building efforts.