World's No. 11 Padraig Harrington will be teeing it up for only the second time this season following a long layoff after his season-opening victory at the Omega Hong Kong Open in December. It was the second straight year in which he had opened the tour's season with a win.
Harrington, 33, and a father for the first time, spent the long off-season getting himself into the best shape of his life and practicing at the state of the practice facility he had installed at his Ireland home.
After back-to-back runner-up finishes on the European Tour's Order of Merit (money list), the laid back Irishman hopes the rededication to his golf game pays off with inclusion onto this year's Ryder Cup team, the top spot on the money list and to at least match his win total of two from the 2003 season.
He'll be joined in Malaysia by Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is currently second on the Order of Merit list, Colin Montgomerie and 2003 Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley.
Jimenez, who has eight European Tour wins in his career, is coming off a solid come from behind victory over Thomas Bjorn at the Johnnie Walker Classic.
Thongchai Jaidee, fresh off a victory in last week's Myanmar Open in Asia, will be looking to continue his hot streak. He has two victories in the last two months.
The Carlsberg Malaysian Open is Asia's richest national Open and will be co-sanctioned by the The European Tour and Asian PGA Tour for the fifth successive year. This is the third time in the past six years that the event will be played at the Saujana Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur .
Last year India's Arjun Atwal took the top spot ahead of South Africa's Retief Goosen. Other winners of the event include 2002 champion Alastair Forsyth and world No. 2 Vijay Singh, who took home the title in 2001.
The purse is $1,209,000 with a first-place check of $201,500.