Maybank Championship Malaysia Tournament on the European Tour

Thongchai Jaidee at the Malaysian Open
Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee is a 2-time winner of the Malaysian Open. Ian Walton/Getty Images

The Maybank Championship Malaysia - what used to be named the Malaysian Open - is a golf tournament on both the European Tour and Asian Tour schedules, cosanctioned by those tours. It has counted as a European Tour event since 1999. Current title sponsor Maybank is the largest banking system in Malaysia.

2018 Maybank Championship
European Tour rookie Shubhankar Sharma of India won his second event of the 2018 season by matching the tournament's 18-hole scoring record in the final round.

Sharma closed with a 62 and finished at 21-under 267. That was two strokes in front of the runner-up, Jorge Campillo of Spain.

2017 Tournament
Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay finished off the victory in style - he eagled the final hole to win by a stroke. Zanotti was six shots off the lead at the start of the final round, but after shooting 63 he ended the round with a 1-stroke win over David Lipsky. It was Zanotti's second career win on the European Tour.

2016 Maybank Championship Malaysia
Marcus Fraser capitalized on a late stumble by Soomin Lee to win by two shots. Fraser closed with a 68, finishing at 15-under 269 and winning for the third time on the European Tour. He trailed Lee by two strokes on the 16th hole, but Lee double-bogied. Fraser birdied, meanwhile, to take the lead, then made a couple more clutch putts to seal the victory.

Official website
European Tour tournament site

Maybank Malaysia Championship Scoring Records

  • 72 holes: 260 - Arjun Atwal in 2003
  • 18 holes: 62 - Arjun Atwal, 2003; Fredrik Andersson Hed, 2003; Raphael Jacquelin, 2006; Nick Dougherty, 2008; Seung-yul Noh, 2009; Anirban Lahiri, 2015; Shubhankar Sharma, 2018

(Records cover the European Tour era only, 1999-present)

Maybank Malaysia Championship Golf Courses

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia's capital city was the host venue from 2010 through 2015.

Previous venues during the tournament's time as a part of the European Tour include Saujuana Golf & Country Club, Templer Park, Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kota Permai Golf Club and The Mines Resort & Golf Club.

In 2016, the event returned to Royal Selangor. And Royal Selangor has been the most frequent site, hosting the event every year from 1962-82 and multiple times since.

In 2017 and 2018, it was back to Saujuana G&CC as the tournament rotates around key Malaysian golf courses.

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • When the tournament was first played in 1962, under the name Malayan Open, it was the first sports event in Malaysia to offer prize money.
  • In 1999, when the European Tour co-sanctioned the event, it became the first tournament ever co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
  • When Korean teenager Seung-yul Noh, age 18, won the 2010 tournament, he became the youngest professional to win a European Tour tournament. Noh didn't hold that distinction for long, because later in 2010 the 17-and-a-half-year-old Matteo Manassero won the Castello Masters. And then in 2011, still not quite 18 years old, Manassero won the Malaysian Open, making it two straight teenaged champions.
  • Hsi-chuen Lu (1979, 1981, 1984) of Taiwan and Terry Gale (1983, 1985, 1987) of Australia are the two golfers to win the tournament three times each. Since the tournament became part of the European Tour schedule, only one golfer - Thongchai Jaidee - has won twice. Jaidee did it in back-to-back years, 2004-05.
  • Denny Hepler, who was a contestant on the Golf Channel series The Big Break VI: Trump National, won the 1982 Malaysian Open. Hepler was the first American to win the tournament.
  • Vijay Singh won the tournament in 1992, then won it a second time in 2001. In the 2001 tournament, Singh defeated Padraig Harrington in a playoff.
  • When Arjun Atwal won the 2003 Malaysian Open, he became the first Indian golfer to win on the European Tour.
  • No golfer from Malaysia has yet won the Malaysian Open. The closest call happened in 1994, when P. Gunasegaran got into a playoff with Frank Nobilo and Joakim Haeggman, which Haeggman won on the seventh extra hole.
  • When Shubhankar Sharma won the 2018 tournament, he did it by shooting the tournament scoring record (62) in the final round.

Winners of the Maybank Malaysia Championship

(p-won playoff; w-tournament shortened by weather)

Maybank Championship
2018 - Shubhankar Sharma, 267

Maybank Malaysia Championship
2017 - Fabrizio Zanotti, 269
2016 - Marcus Fraser, 269

Malaysian Open
2015 - Anirban Lahiri, 272
2014 - Lee Westwood, 270
2013 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat-w, 203
2012 - Louis Oosthuizen, 271
2011 - Matteo Manassero, 272
2010 - Seung-yul Noh, 274
2009 - Anthony Kang, 271
2008 - Arjun Atwal-p, 270
2007 - Peter Hedblom, 280
2006 - Charlie Wie-w, 197
2005 - Thongchai Jaidee, 267
2004 - Thongchai Jaidee, 274
2003 - Arjun Atwal, 260
2002 - Alastair Forsyth-p, 267
2001 - Vijay Singh-p, 274
2000 - Wei-tze Yeh, 278
1999 - Gerry Norquist, 280
1998 - Ed Fryatt
1997 - Lee Westwood
1996 - Steve Flesch
1995 - Clay Devers
1994 - Joakim Haeggman
1993 - Gerry Norquist
1992 - Vijay Singh
1991 - Rick Gibson
1990 - Glen Day
1989 - Jeff Maggert
1988 - Tray Tyner
1987 - Terry Gale
1986 - Stewart Ginn
1985 - Terry Gale
1984 - Hsi-chuen Lu
1983 - Terry Gale
1982 - Denny Hepler
1981 - Hsi-chuen Lu
1980 - Mark McNulty
1979 - Hsi-chuen Lu
1978 - Brian Jones
1977 - Stewart Ginn
1976 - Sheng-san Hsu
1975 - Graham Marsh
1974 - Graham Marsh
1973 - Hideyo Sugimoto
1972 - Takashi Murakami
1971 - Takaaki Kono
1970 - Ben Arda
1969 - Takaaki Kono
1968 - Kenji Hosoishi
1967 - Ireneo Legaspi
1966 - Harold Henning
1965 - Tomoo Ishii
1964 - Tomoo Ishii
1963 - Bill Dunk
1962 - Frank Phillips