KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Open will not be played in 2016 as it is currently in a transitional phase and will aim to return to the golfing calendar in a stronger position next season, organisers announced today.
The combination of title sponsor Maybank opting to create their own event and a difficult market situation are the main reasons for this but event custodian Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) and promoter Lagardère Sport are confident that it will not be long before the prestigious event is back.
Both organisations are working hard to get the tournament on track and there has been no shortage of positive interest.
“The Malaysian Golf Association unanimously felt it was important not to rush things, but rather to take our time in making sure the Malaysian Open returns once again as one of Asia’s standout national Opens,” said MGA president Admiral (R) Senator Tan Sri Dato Setia Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.
“It simply was not possible this year to have the event back in the manner and scale we expect the tournament to be presented.”
The tournament was last played in 2015 when Indian Anibarn Lahiri triumphed.
“We see this as a great opportunity to make a fresh start to a tournament that is so highly regarded and steeped in history. Together with our friends at the MGA, we will bring the Malaysian Open back to the forefront of the professional game in the region,” said Lagardère Sport vice president – golf Patrick Feizal Joyce.
“Lagardère Sport currently promotes the SMBC Singapore Open and the Emirates Australian Open and we will be able to use our experience in handling such premier events to help restore the national Open of Malaysia.”