Malaysian Open returns to Asian Tour circuit after 5-year hiatus

Asian Tour CEO Cho Minn Thant (3rd left) says¬†tournament’s return is a massive boost for the Tour. (Asian Tour pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Open will return to the Asian Tour next year following a five-year hiatus, officials said on Monday.

The event will offer a purse of US$1 million and be held at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club March 5-8.

The Malaysian Open became the first tournament to be co-sanctioned by the Asian and European tours in 1999, but next year’s event will be sanctioned only by the Asian Tour.

“The Malaysian Open is one of the oldest National Opens in the region and we are excited and honoured to welcome the storied event back into our fold,” Asian Tour Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer Cho Minn Thant said in a statement.

“The tournament’s return to our schedule is a massive boost for the Tour as we continue to strive in promoting professional golf across Asia.”

The last Malaysian Open in 2015 was won by Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri.

Other champions include South African Louis Oosthuizen, two-time winner Lee Westwood of England, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.