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Malaysian Open returns to Asian Tour in 2020

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The Malaysian Open will return to the Asian Tour in 2020, after a four year hiatus.

The tournament will offer a prize purse of $1m (€900,000), and will take place at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club on March 5 to 8.

Previously sanctioned by both the Asian and European tours, next year’s event will be sanctioned only by the Asian Tour.

Asian Tour Commissioner and chief executive Cho Minn Thant said in a statement: “The Malaysian Open is one of the oldest National Opens in the region and we are excited and honoured to welcome the storied event back into our fold.

“The tournament’s return to our schedule is a massive boost for the Tour as we continue to strive in promoting professional golf across Asia.”

The last Malaysian Open was held in 2015 and won by Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri. Other previous champions include South African Louis Oosthuizen, two-time winner Lee Westwood from England, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.