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Maybank Championship 2018: Course and current form guide

Alexander Levy: Fourth at Saujana last year, plus back-to-back top-10s in the United Arab Emirates this month
Alexander Levy: Fourth at Saujana last year, plus back-to-back top-10s in the United Arab Emirates this month
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The European Tour visits Malaysia for the Maybank Championship at Saujana. Check out our course and current form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"Palm is acknowledged within Malaysia as being the country's toughest course, with tight tree-lined fairways and fast tricky greens"

The European Tour returns to Asia, where Saujana will host the Maybank Championship for a second straight year.

Located around 12 miles west of Kuala Lumpur city centre, Saujana is no stranger to the European Tour, having hosted seven tournaments during the past 20 years.

Opened in 1986, Saujana's Palm Course underwent a redesign in 2015 when the main focus of attention was to renovate all 18 greens.

Palm is acknowledged within Malaysia as being the country's toughest course, with tight tree-lined fairways and fast tricky greens.

Its undulating fairways were carved out of a former oil plantation, with a layout that provides dramatic changes in elevation.

The smallish greens are equally undulating and with various slopes, while water hazards come into play on seven holes.

All of which means the course will test every department of a golfer's game.

Between hosting the 2009 Malaysian Open, and last year's Maybank Championship, two new holes were added to the venue.

Once again, the tournament will be co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.


Star of the Show

Henrik Stenson is the biggest name on view this week and will arrive in the Malaysian capital in pretty good shape.

The 41-year-old Swede posted top-10 finishes in both recent events held in the United Arab Emirates, when the fields were considerably stronger than it will be in Malaysia.

Stenson's last visit to Saujana, 13 years ago, ended in a podium finish and - despite a number of changes made to the course since then - he will certainly fancy his chances this weekend.


In-Form Europeans

Also looking good right now are Alexander Levy and Chris Paisley, both of whom enjoyed back-to-back top-10s in the Middle East.

Frenchman Levy was also fourth at Saujana 12 months ago, while Paisley is riding high following his maiden Tour victory in South Africa.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger cannot be ignored either, while American Paul Peterson will tee-up this Thursday having won in Myanmar on the Asian Tour at the weekend.

Peterson, a champion on the European Tour during 2016, has registered top-10 finishes in six of his last eight events.

And because all of these results occurred on the Asian Tour, the 29-year-old from Arizona heads to Kuala Lumpur a little under the radar, so could be a promising rate with the bookies.

Meanwhile, a couple of South Africans currently on a solid run are Dylan Frittelli and Shaun Norris, although neither have a great deal of experience of Saujana's Palm course.


Asian Challenge

Young Chinese star Hao Tong Li travels to Malaysia having edged out Rory McIlroy for the Dubai Desert Classic title last week.

Li tied-fifth in Malaysia in 2017 but his head may still be swirling from his exploits at the Emirates.

Elsewhere, Thongchai Jaidee is a two-time winner of the Malaysian Open, when staged at Saujana, although his form at present is not great.

Other Asian Tour pros who may offer some decent value are Gavin Green, Poom Saksansin, Jazz Janewattananond and Jeung-Hun Wang, although Green was the only one of this quartet to survive the cut at Saujana last year.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45
Henrik Stenson 6 8 17
Hao Tong Li 1 MC 19 13 4
Yuta Ikeda 35 MC 24 21 11 23
Bernd Wiesberger 32 15 45 19
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 51 22 5 1 10 2 42
Dylan Frittelli 6 19 20 20 42 1 16 4 42
Yusaku Miyazato 5 40 MC 4 1 8 19 2
Alexander Levy 4 7 36 37
Lee Westwood MC MC 52 6
Hideto Tanihara MC 68 13 31 54 52
Thorbjorn Olesen 29 53 36 12
Joost Luiten MC 48 44 12
Jordan Smith MC 61 MC 25 Wd
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 9 31 29
Chris Paisley 5 5 1 MC 23
Wade Ormsby MC MC 9 1
Younghan Song 44 MC 6 11 13 38 11
Dave Horsey 22 MC 36 42
Shaun Norris 5 2 20 3 2 26 16 6
Jeung-Hun Wang 6 15 MC 28 55
Soren Kjeldsen MC 48 MC 36 12
Alexander Bjork 6 MC MC 2 17 52
Ryan Fox MC 32 4 55 28 52
Scott Hend 37 22 44 MC 62 48 57
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 40 13 37
Jazz Janewattananond 35 4 3 17 MC MC MC
Matt Wallace 37 32 38 30 34
Richie Ramsay 6 40 36 19
Dean Burmester 22 40 54 19 27 4 42
Matthew Southgate 57 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell MC MC 48 34
Graeme Storm MC MC MC 52 10
Andy Sullivan 6 53 34 48 65
Scott Jamieson 51 MC 45 2
Danny Willett MC
Matthieu Pavon Dq MC 34 5 13 19
Daisuke Kataoka MC MC 18 51 28 26 56 MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 7 60
Adrian Otaegui 22 40 42 60
Andrew Johnston 45 9 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 10 27 13 40 MC 20
David Lipsky 6 MC MC 24 42
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 55 60
Gavin Green 45 8 MC 19 MC 62 7
Poom Saksansin 10 12 6 36 16 MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 57 MC 2 MC 44 MC 3
Aaron Rai MC MC 19 MC MC
Haydn Porteous 19 53 MC 49 40 21 12
Jorge Campillo MC 14 12 MC 27
Thomas Detry 22 9 MC 45 10 51
Nacho Elvira MC MC 20 29
Prayad Marksaeng Wd MC 36 Wd 16 2
Andrew Dodt 29 MC 15 36 70
Brandon Stone MC 61 MC 66
Shubhankar Sharma 61 48 11 1 27 10
Lucas Bjerregaard 61 69 MC 58 37
Paul Peterson 1 MC 8 22 2 7
Shiv Kapur 57 23 20 16 MC 20
Ajeetesh Sandhu 21 MC 8 MC 13
Marc Warren MC MC 54 48 66
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 27 MC 54
Ryo Ishikawa MC 16 2 27 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC 27 7 10
Austin Connelly MC MC 69 MC
Panupol Pittayarat MC 21 36 51 66
Robert Rock MC MC 31
Gregory Bourdy MC 61 54 MC 37
Joakim Lagergren MC 53 MC 19
Paul Waring MC MC 41 31 19
Romain Wattel 37 MC 59
Benjamin Hebert MC 32 19
Lee Slattery 64 61 MC 29
Danthai Boonma MC 4 MC 13 MC MC MC MC
Scott Vincent 10 71 4 3 30 22 MC
James Morrison MC MC MC 6 MC 10
Sam Brazel 22 32 37 23 42
Jbe Kruger MC MC 51 MC 32 MC 39
Miguel Tabuena 14 8 5 MC 3
Micah Lauren Shin 21 MC 20 MC 7
Robert Karlsson 51 32 MC 39
Marcus Fraser MC 63 MC MC
Ashun Wu 37 22 MC 20 57
Stephen Gallacher 57 61 60
Jamie Donaldson 45 MC 34 MC 23
Marcel Siem MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 22 48 MC
Yikeun Chang 32 MC 48 29
Thomas Aiken 51 MC MC MC 31
Rattanon Wannasrichan 5 MC MC 34 6 27 MC
Nino Bertasio 45 53 23
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit MC 27 24 69 61 MC MC 10
Peter Hanson MC
Angleo Que MC MC MC 56 27 MC
Juvic Pagunsan MC MC MC MC MC
Mikko Ilonen 57 40 MC 52
Chris Hanson 6 MC 62 41
Carlos Pigem MC 53 72 44 54
Lasse Jensen 37 27 MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC 53 MC 16 68
Nicholas Fung MC 56 MC 39 MC 72
Oliver Fisher MC MC 38 MC
Adilson Da Silva MC MC 20 MC 59 57 MC
Edoardo Molinari 45 MC MC 31 55
Johannes Veerman MC MC 36 MC 50 MC
Wen-Chong Liang 29 16 21 48 26
Matteo Manassero MC 30 48
Maximilian Kieffer 32 MC
Jason Norris MC MC 45 12 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 61
Ashley Chesters 51 MC MC MC 44 39
Rahman Siddikur 49 30 MC Wd 70
Zander Lombard MC MC MC Dq MC
Chien-Yao Hung MC 60 30 10 48 20
Daniel Brooks MC MC MC 30 MC
Prom Meesawat 14 MC 11 44 11 9 MC 29
Bowen Xiao MC MC 17 1
Keith Horne 60 MC MC MC 31 29
Sihwan Kim 21 MC 6 29
Arjun Atwal 10 47 2 MC 17
Shih-Chang Chan MC 62 11 16 MC 42 56
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 14 MC Wd 17 MC 50 57 13
Danny Chia MC MC MC 27 17
Richard T Lee 48 49 MC Wd 13
Todd Sinnott 32 MC 29 MC
Rashid Khan 48 MC 69 31 Wd
Daniel Im 65 Dq 12 50 MC
Gregory Havret 37 67 MC MC 66
Jake Higginbottom MC MC 10 27 MC 37 27 29
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC
Wei-Chih Lu 48 63 30 MC 51
Gi Whan Kim MC 33 20 33 63
Pavit Tangkamolprasert 21 MC MC 30 6 57 MC 20
Khalin H Joshi MC MC MC MC MC 29
Jyoti Randhawa 57 27 51 MC 5
Ben Leong 35 23 Wd 41
Thomas Bjorn MC 30 60
Lionel Weber 21 MC 44 63 Wd MC 47
Chiragh Kumar MC MC Wd MC MC 47
Jarin Todd Wd 49 48 MC 50 7
Arnond Vongvanij 44 MC 51 2
S Chikkarangappa MC 60 20 MC MC MC
Jamie Elson MC
Thaworn Wiratchant MC 40 36 MC
Antonio Lascuna 56 MC 63
Soomin Lee MC MC 31 MC MC
David Howell Wd MC MC
Natipong Srithong 32 MC 12 44 MC 39
Rory Hie 59 39
Casey O`Toole 29 33 64 MC 32 MC 29
R Nachimuthu 38 6
Rahil Gangjee Wd Wd MC MC MC MC
Javi Colomo MC MC 36 MC MC MC MC
Berry Henson 4 8 12
Simon Yates MC 63
Terry Pilkadaris MC MC 48 63 57 29
Justin Quiban 5
Quincy Quek MC MC 39 39
Michael Tran 36 MC MC
Yu Xin Lin MC MC
Shariffudin Ariffin 68 MC 31
Amir Nazrin Wd MC 22
Darren Clarke MC MC
Mohammad Wafiyuddin 7
Sukree Othman 21 8
Airil-Rizman Zahari 27
Kemarol Baharin 8 42
Kheng Hwai Khor MC
Arie Irawan 59 Wd 49 MC
M Sasidaran MC MC
Galven Green
Naing Niang Lin 62
Jason Scrivener 6 48 MC 15 19 1
Player 2017 2009 2007 2005 2004
Henrik Stenson 3 MC
Hao Tong Li 5
Yuta Ikeda
Bernd Wiesberger 3
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC
Dylan Frittelli
Yusaku Miyazato
Alexander Levy 4
Lee Westwood 26 42
Hideto Tanihara
Thorbjorn Olesen
Joost Luiten
Jordan Smith
Fabrizio Zanotti 1
Chris Paisley 41
Wade Ormsby MC 26
Younghan Song MC
Dave Horsey MC 2
Shaun Norris MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC
Soren Kjeldsen 42 MC
Alexander Bjork
Ryan Fox
Scott Hend 29 71
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 7 MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Matt Wallace
Richie Ramsay MC MC
Dean Burmester
Matthew Southgate MC
Eddie Pepperell
Graeme Storm MC MC 11 14
Andy Sullivan
Scott Jamieson
Danny Willett 5
Matthieu Pavon
Daisuke Kataoka
Renato Paratore 20
Adrian Otaegui 52
Andrew Johnston
Gaganjeet Bhullar 20 MC
David Lipsky 2
Pablo Larrazabal 29
Gavin Green 47
Poom Saksansin MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 20
Aaron Rai
Haydn Porteous 26
Jorge Campillo 55
Thomas Detry
Nacho Elvira MC
Prayad Marksaeng MC 2 60 35 3
Andrew Dodt 41 MC
Brandon Stone
Shubhankar Sharma 9
Lucas Bjerregaard 47
Paul Peterson 29
Shiv Kapur 12 21 MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Marc Warren 20 MC
Thongchai Jaidee 12 30 MC 1 1
Ryo Ishikawa
SSP Chawrasia MC 69 16
Austin Connelly
Panupol Pittayarat 9
Robert Rock 26 66 47 66
Gregory Bourdy MC MC 34
Joakim Lagergren MC
Paul Waring
Romain Wattel 47
Benjamin Hebert MC
Lee Slattery MC
Danthai Boonma MC
Scott Vincent MC
James Morrison 12
Sam Brazel 12
Jbe Kruger MC
Miguel Tabuena MC
Micah Lauren Shin
Robert Karlsson MC MC 16
Marcus Fraser MC 30 MC 25 16
Ashun Wu 34
Stephen Gallacher 27
Jamie Donaldson Dq
Marcel Siem 34 48
Alejandro Canizares
Yikeun Chang
Thomas Aiken MC
Rattanon Wannasrichan Wd
Nino Bertasio 41
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit
Peter Hanson MC
Angleo Que Wd 16 11 43
Juvic Pagunsan 21 MC
Mikko Ilonen MC 7 55 12
Chris Hanson
Carlos Pigem 34
Lasse Jensen 55
Ricardo Gouveia MC
Nicholas Fung 52 MC
Oliver Fisher Ret 63
Adilson Da Silva 59
Edoardo Molinari MC
Johannes Veerman 12
Wen-Chong Liang 34 7 34 8
Matteo Manassero 20
Maximilian Kieffer 41
Jason Norris
Alvaro Quiros
Ashley Chesters
Rahman Siddikur 41
Zander Lombard
Chien-Yao Hung MC
Daniel Brooks MC
Prom Meesawat 59 40 7 6
Bowen Xiao
Keith Horne 67 MC 16
Sihwan Kim
Arjun Atwal MC
Shih-Chang Chan MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Danny Chia 55 11 MC 28 MC
Richard T Lee MC
Todd Sinnott 64
Rashid Khan 12
Daniel Im
Gregory Havret 11 MC
Jake Higginbottom
Raphael Jacquelin MC 16 71
Wei-Chih Lu 55 44 MC
Gi Whan Kim
Pavit Tangkamolprasert MC
Khalin H Joshi
Jyoti Randhawa 59 2 MC 2 26
Ben Leong 12 MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn 47 25
Lionel Weber MC
Chiragh Kumar 41
Jarin Todd
Arnond Vongvanij
S Chikkarangappa MC
Jamie Elson 66
Thaworn Wiratchant MC MC 11 8
Antonio Lascuna MC MC
Soomin Lee 29
David Howell MC 31
Natipong Srithong MC
Rory Hie MC
Casey O`Toole MC
R Nachimuthu Wd MC MC MC
Rahil Gangjee MC MC MC
Javi Colomo
Berry Henson
Simon Yates 7 11 MC
Terry Pilkadaris MC MC 34 19
Justin Quiban
Quincy Quek
Michael Tran MC
Yu Xin Lin
Shariffudin Ariffin
Amir Nazrin
Darren Clarke 27
Mohammad Wafiyuddin
Sukree Othman MC MC
Airil-Rizman Zahari MC MC
Kemarol Baharin MC
Kheng Hwai Khor MC
Arie Irawan 69
M Sasidaran MC MC MC
Galven Green
Naing Niang Lin
Jason Scrivener
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