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Matteo Manassero: Out to defend his 2011 Malaysian Open crown

Matteo Manassero: Out to defend his 2011 Malaysian Open crown

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The European Tour heads to Kuala Lumpur for the first of three events in Asia.

First staged in 1962, the Malaysian Open became a co-sanctioned 'Euro' event 13 years ago with this week's venue - Kuala Lumpur Country Club - hosting the tournament for a third time.

Located on the outskirts of the capital city, the country club was opened 21 years ago and first staged its national open in 2006.

The undulating venue underwent major renovation in 2007 and 2008, before hosting the Malaysian Open again in 2010.

However, despite a number of changes to the course, the routing remains untouched and this week's tournament has attracted a decent field.

So who's teeing-up?

Nicholas Colsaerts: The increasingly consistent Belgian has posted four top-10s from six stroke-play starts this year.

Mark Foster: His seven rounds at Kuala Lumpur average 69.86. He tied-for-7th on the Costa del Sol last month.

Thongchai Jaidee: Although the 42-year-old Thai is not the force he once was, and is without a European Tour title in almost three years, he can not be ruled out on his home continent.

Jbe Kruger: Flying high at the top of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit, the South African won the Avantha Masters in India during February.

Matteo Manassero: After a week's rest, the defending champion will arrive in Malaysia keen to display the sort of form he showed with his recent top-10 finishes in Spain and Morocco.

Alexander Noren: Has struggled to replicate last year's form during 2012 - when he won twice - but the Swede is more than capable of performing well at a venue where he tied-for-fourth 12 months ago.

SELECTED PLAYERS with GOOD to REASONABLE FORM at KUALA LUMPUR COUNTRY CLUB

Full European Tour History

Player: '06 / '10 / '11

Alejandro Canizares: - / 14 / 9
Simon Dyson: 18 / - / 7
Soren Hansen: - / 3 / 17
Thongchai Jaidee: 2 / 7 / 17
Shiv Kapur: 18 / MC / 13
Soren Kjeldsen: 37 / 34 / 13
Jason Knutzon: MC / 9 / 17
Peter Lawrie: - / 10 / 29
Chapchai Nirat: 13 / 19 / 46
Danny Willett: - / 6 / 17

SELECTED PLAYERS with POOR to MEDICORE FORM at KUALA LUMPUR COUNTRY CLUB

European Tour History

Player: '06 / '10 / '11

Ross Bain: Dq / 76 / MC
Marcus Both: MC / MC / 46
Markus Brier: MC / 65 / -
David Drysdale: - / MC / 73
Nicholas Fung: - / MC / MC
Rick Gibson: MC / - / MC
David Gleeson: - / 49 / MC
Scott Hend: - / 78 / MC
Michael Hoey: MC / - / MC
Dave Horsey: - / 60 / 52
Anthony Kang: 55 / 44 / MC
Jbe Kruger: - / MC / MC
Rick Kulacz: - / MC / MC
Anirban Lahiri: - / MC / 52
Antonio Lascuna: - / 56 / MC
Sung Lee: - / MC / MC
Ben Leong: MC / MC / MC
Mardan Mamat: MC / MC / 66
Prayad Marksaeng: 72 / MC / 41
Richard McEvoy: MC / MC / -
Chawalit Plaphol: 46 / - / 66
Mars Pucay: - / 44 / MC
Airil Rizman: 46 / - / MC
Jeev Milkha Singh: MC / - / 46
Digvijay Singh: - / 60 / MC
Lian-Wei Zhang: MC / - / MC

Finished in Top-10 Last Year (not already mentioned)

Matteo Manassero (Won)
Gregory Bourdy (2nd)
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (T-4th)
Alexander Noren (T-4th)
Felipe Aguilar (6th)
Martin Kaymer (T-9th)

LOWEST 12 STROKE AVERAGES at KUALA LUMPUR COUNTRY CLUB

(European Tour History (2006/10/11)

Average (Rounds)

69.00: Thongchai Jaidee (11)
69.14: Simon Dyson (7)
69.86: Mark Foster (7)
70.00: Danny Willett (8)
70.13: Alejandro Canizares (8)
70.17: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (6)
70.29: Graeme Storm (7)
70.44: Shiv Kapur (9)
70.45: Chinnarat Phadungsil (11)
70.50: Peter Lawrie (8)
70.55: Chapchai Nirat (11)
70.63: Rhys Davies (8)
(Min. No. of Rounds = 6)

LOWEST ROUNDS at KUALA LUMPUR COUNTRY CLUB

(As a European Tour host)

62: Raphael Jacquelin (2006)
63: Four times (all in 2006)

Note: Since the course was renovated in 2007 and 2008, the lowest Malaysian Open score at Kuala Lumpur Country Club is 64, carded by the following three players (all in 2011): Alexander Noren, Simon Dyson & Rory McIlroy.

Kuala Lumpur Country Club: Par 72; 7,000 yards

Winning Totals:

2011 - 272 (Matteo Manassero);
2010 - 274 (Seung-Yul Noh);
2006 - 197 (Charlie Wi)

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