Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Malaysia Open has received a timely shot in the arm with Bandar Malaysia being named as title sponsor of the historic championship that is returning to the Asian Tour schedule following a four-year absence.
Set to tee-off at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club from March 5-8, the Bandar Malaysia Open is the Malaysian Golf Association’s (MGA) flagship event, offering a purse of US$1 million.
Next month’s 72-hole stroke play tournament is being sanctioned by the Asian Tour in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
MGA President Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said: “We are delighted to welcome Bandar Malaysia as the title sponsor of our prestigious national Open. This much-storied championship is the pride of Malaysia’s golfing community and we are happy that Bandar Malaysia shares our passion in growing the profile of the game of golf in this country.
“With Bandar Malaysia on board, it certainly adds prominence to this world-class professional event and we look forward to an exciting week ahead.”
Bandar Malaysia takes on the sponsorship of one of Asia’s most historic golf tournaments which was inaugurated in 1962 and has crowned many notable champions, including former world number ones Vijay Singh (1992 and 2001) and Lee Westwood (1997 and 2014), who have both won the tournament twice.
“The Bandar Malaysia Open will give opportunity to Malaysian players, both professionals and amateurs, to compete against the best players from the Asian and Japan Tours. This professional event will certainly put Malaysia on the regional golfing map and it is an honour or us to play our part in making the Bandar Malaysia Open a huge success,” said Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo, Executive Vice Chairman of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Berhad.
“We are very pleased to see that Bandar Malaysia has come on board as title sponsor. We welcome this partnership and look forward to working together to make the Bandar Malaysia Open 2020 a very special occasion and add another chapter to the tournament’s esteemed history,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.