Maybank Championship – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Saujana Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Used since 2017 edition

7,135 yards – Par 72 – TifEagle Bermuda Greens
Fairways and Rough: Bermuda
Architect: Ronald Fream (1986); Golfplan (2015)
Location: 15 miles off the West Coast of Malaysia

Important Interview Quotes

SOOMIN LEE: It was very exciting. I really love this country and that’s why I always play well. I’m not feeling healthy. I hope that I can feel better in the next three days. My stomach feels upset. I don’t know what I ate wrongly.

I love this golf course, the fairways are narrow. I just want to keep my ball on the fairway. Actually I love playing on Asian golf courses. I drove the ball so well on the front nine but I struggled on the back. I just practice a bit more on the pace of my putting and I should be okay. -2018

SHUBHANKAR SHARMA: This is a very special golf course. I finished tied ninth here last year and it was my first Maybank Championship and best result in a co-sanctioned event. I kept my Asian Tour card here because of this result here. Obviously, I love the course. It wasn’t easy today because it was very windy but this course suits my eye. -2018

LEE WESTWOOD: It’s nice to be in contention and to know this golf course well. I won the Malaysian Open here 21 years ago now, and I’ve won this tournament and was touring pro for this course, so I’ve probably played it more than most and I know where to hit it. -2018

CHRIS PAISLEY: It was great and nice to keep the form going. I just played really solid, hit it well off the tee so gave myself a lot of wedges and short irons into the greens which were really good and gave myself a lot of birdie chances, couldn’t have gone better.

That’s the hardest part, it’s very hot and not much wind, so scoring wise it is quite easy but to keep your focus is quite difficult with how tiring the heat is but it is good fun.

I was pretty much in the fairway every hole and just felt like I had a lot of 100-yard to 140-yard shots, which is generally my strength, and hit a few stiff and lots to within ten feet so managed to hole a few putts as well. -2018

DYLAN FRITTELLI: I said it yesterday, just patience on the greens. I think a lot of the guys are getting frustrated with the greens and I’m just trying to stay as positive as I can, and just try and speak to them nice and get the ball to go in the hole. I don’t normally get animated but I just thought those two putts were going in and that’s why I kind had a reaction there but I’m just going to try keep doing that, get as close as I can and roll the putt in and see what happens at the end of tomorrow. It is super bunched. A lot of Japanese guys up there, a few other Spanish guys, Jorge played great today with me and I’m not sure if we will be drawn together tomorrow but I’m excited to mix it up. -2018

ROMAIN WATTEL: The key is to get the ball on the fairway so you have a mid-iron shot left for an easier approach. It was nice to play in the morning, it is getting really hot right now and it’s tough for everyone out there. It was fairly easy in the morning but the wind picked up in the afternoon and got a little trickier. I’m pretty happy with my round and I just want to keep it going for the next few days. -2018

HENRIK STENSON: It’s a nice place, obviously a little bit on the hot side for us northern Europeans but we’ll get by that and hopefully have another good week here in the early part of the year. It’s continued to be pretty wet, it was wet when we were here three weeks ago and played the EurAsia Cup. The greens are very, very slow. I’m pretty pleased we’re not playing Augusta next week because that would have been a big change. It’s going to take a little bit of an effort to get the putts there but that’s going to be the same for everyone. -2018

THONGCHAI JAIDEE: I come to Malaysia every year and this golf course and country feels like my ‘home’. I’ve won here twice but the golf course has changed now. The course is now playing longer but the most important thing to do is to keep the ball in play. -2018

HAO TONG LI: It’s been really good, especially this course, if you put the ball on the fairway all the time you are going to make a lot of birdies. -2018

PAUL PETERSON: My goal would be to finish top-five here. My game still feels solid from last week and my energy is where I want it to be. I was so exhausted in Singapore but I like where my game is at and I just want to keep this momentum going. It’s nice to have everything come together, my wedges feel good and I have been hitting a lot of fairways and greens. This course is longer than last week, there are a couple of holes that are tricky, like the second hole and the 14th. But I think I will still be provided with a lot of opportunities to make birdies and if I take advantage of all the par fives and minimize mistakes it will be a good week. -2018

GAVIN GREEN: I’m working with a new caddy. We started working together in Dubai last week. His name is Mark Crane (Scotland) and it has been working well so far. He is here this week. He caddied for Paul Casey, Chris Wood and he has experience of being a caddy in the Ryder Cup and Majors. -2018

DAVID LIPSKY: I’m really happy with this week all in all. My goal was to finish top three or so to try and lock myself up for the WGC in Mexico and I did that so I’m pretty proud of the way I handled myself this week. There was a lot of slope and grain on these greens and late in the day they get a little bit bumpy so it was hard for me to hold the line and all you can do is put a good stroke on it. I did the best I could do. -2017

ALEXANDER LEVY: I played very well today, especially from tee to green. I had a lot of good chances for birdie and I’m really happy with how I’ve been playing in the last three days. I used a lot of driver today from the tee, I was feeling really good with driver in my hand. It gave me a lot of wedge shots and I was also very aggressive with my wedges, made a few putts and that was great. I don’t think about past victories, it’s been tough for me the last few months. I have a new coach so to be in this situation now is very nice. Tomorrow I will enjoy being in this position. -2017

MATTEO MANASSERO: It was a good round, I played very well. The main difference was definitely on the greens. I played the par fives well today and holed a few putts. I think everybody has enough experience to be on top here and stay on top. If you play well after two rounds there is no reason why you shouldn’t stay there over the weekend. I like this place and I’m going to bring that into the weekend and hopefully that’s going to keep me up there. -2017

DANNY WILLETT: You can play it really aggressive off the tee or you can play it a little bit more conservative. I took a little bit of middle ground there, hit three wood a good bit off the tee and when I fancied it and the wind picked up a little bit I hit a couple of drivers and got them in play a little bit further down. -2017

THONGCHAI JAIDEE: It’s a good chance for the Asian Tour players to win the tournament. It’s an open field.A very consistent player will do well. You need to hit the fairways and don’t really need to be long. I think there’s a good chance for the Asian Tour players to win. A lot of our young players are coming up. We’ve got a strong field from Europe this week but I do think we have a good chance to get a winner from the Asian Tour. -2017

CHARL SCHWARTZEL: I have memories of this place from 2002, I played the Eisenhower Trophy as an amateur and I don’t remember it being this hilly. I can’t remember how we did so we obviously didn’t win. We had some great fun, myself, Louis Oosthuizen and Shaun Norris who is also here this week. I definitely prefer warm weather than cold so that’s maybe a reason why I like it here in Malaysia, you never get cold over here. The golf course is demanding, it requires you to hit the ball straight and although the rough is not very long you can get a massive flier so it’s quite uncontrollable. I find sometimes the tougher the course is, the better I play so sometimes these kinds of courses suit me. The course is not very long though so you’ve got to think the winner will be 16 under and up. -2017

Past Previews

2018 Maybank Championship
2017 Maybank Championship