European Tour Remains in Asia


The European Tour remains in the Far East one more week as its players join with those of the Davidoff Asian Tour for the co-sanctioned Carlsberg Malaysian Open.
The stop follows last weeks tournament in Singapore, where 28-year-old Arjun Atwal shot a final-round 68 for a five-stroke victory at 14-under-par. The win was not only his first on the European circuit, but also the first title taken from a player of Indian nationality in the tours history.
Atwal will be in attendance this week in Malaysia, as will Richard S. Johnson, the 25-year-old Swede who also won his first European Tour event two weeks ago at the ANZ Championship.
The young stars will play alongside greats Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo this week, and will be joined by Frenchmen Thomas Levet and Jean Van de Velde, not to mention Argentinians Ricardo Gonzalez and Eduardo Romero.
Also in the field are favorites Michael Campbell of New Zealand and Padraig Harrington of Ireland.
Vijay Singh is the defending champion, but as was the case last week in Singapore, the Fijian will not be present to defend his title. Singh will remain in the United States for the Genuity Championship at the Doral Resort in Miami.
The Royal Selangor Golf Club is the venue of choice for this edition of the Malaysian Open and is located in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. On the lines is a total purse of $1 million. The event marks the first time ever that a national open in Asia has hit the million dollar mark.