Malaysian Open

The Malaysian Golf Association dates back to 1929 but organized golf was played in the country way before then. The Straits Championship, the precursor to the Malaysian Open Amateur, was introduced at Penang Golf Club in 1894 and this competition has been contested on an annual basis nearly every year since then.

Malaysian Open Championship Trophy

“Entrusted to promote the game while preserving its traditions and integrity,” the MGA is a non-government organization run by volunteers, with the assistance of a team of management staff, to conduct state amateur championships, the national amateur open, national amateur close and the Malaysian Open.

This men’s professional tournament started in 1962 as one of the inaugural events on the Far East circuit before transferring to the Asian Tour in the 1990s, where it was co-sanctioned with the European Tour between 1999 and 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, it returned to the professional circuit in 2020.

Twenty-three of the first twenty-five editions of the competition were hosted by Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur and the very first of these events was won by Australian Frank Philips, who had already captured the Australian Open in 1957 and the previous year, beating Kel Nagle by two strokes.

Phillips finished one ahead of Peter Thomson, who was tied for second just one shot adrift, alongside Bob Charles. Neither of these golfing greats would ever win the Malaysian Open, though Thomson came close again in 1966 when finishing runner-up to South African Harold Henning, who that year claimed the only Asian title in his playing career.

Other Antipodean golfers crowned champion in Malaysia include Graham Marsh (1974 & 1975) and Stewart Ginn (1977 & 1986) but t...

Malaysian Open host courses

Kota Permai

4th West Malaysia - Best in Area 4th Malaysia Ranking 85th Asia Ranking

Created by Australian Ross Watson in the late 1990s, the course at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has hosted a number of top professional competitions, including the Volvo Masters of Malaysia and the 2008 Malaysian Open.

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Penang

25th West Malaysia - Best in Area 29th Malaysia Ranking

Formerly called Bukit Jambul Golf Club, the course at the renamed Penang Golf Club reopened in 2012 after a major upgrade involving the installation of new tees and greens, the refurbishment of bunkers and the relining of irrigation ponds.

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Royal Perak

29th West Malaysia - Best in Area 34th Malaysia Ranking

It’s reckoned that Ipoh Golf Club, as Royal Perak was originally known, is one of the oldest golf clubs outside the British Isles.

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Royal Selangor (New)

20th West Malaysia - Best in Area 22nd Malaysia Ranking

Such is the clever design of the nines at Royal Selangor and their proximity to each other, members are able to play four different combinations in addition to the straightforward Old and New...

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Royal Selangor (Old)

12th West Malaysia - Best in Area 13th Malaysia Ranking

Recent reconstruction and remodeling by the respected design company of Robin Nelson and Neil Haworth resulted in the return of top flight golf to Royal Selangor in 2016...

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Saujana (Palm)

2nd West Malaysia - Best in Area 2nd Malaysia Ranking 60th Asia Ranking

The Palm course at Saujana Golf & Country Club is a stern test of patience. Skew-whiff hitting is a sure recipe for a miserable day out in the unrelenting tropical heat.

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Templer Park

10th West Malaysia - Best in Area 11th Malaysia Ranking

Since Templer Park opened in 1991, the club has hosted the Malaysian Open three times, the last of which – in 2000 – was a co-sanctioned event.

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The Mines

3rd West Malaysia - Best in Area 3rd Malaysia Ranking 68th Asia Ranking

The Mines Resort & Golf Club just outside Kuala Lumpur was once the largest open-cast tin mine in the world and the topography is dominated by the lake...

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Malaysian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 8
2 James Park Courses Played 6
3 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 4
4 Colin Taylor Courses Played 3
= Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 3
= Michael Steer Courses Played 3
7 yujie ren Courses Played 1
= Raimondas Courses Played 1
= James Pinkstone Courses Played 1
= Imran Courses Played 1