This week, the $3 million Maybank Malaysian Championship will host some of the world’s top players, including four from Korea, who are all proven winners on the global stage.
This time last year, Soomin Lee was playing the best golf of his fledgling career. There’s no doubt that he should have won the Maybank Malaysian Championship last year, but his lack of experience being in contention on the final day, resulted in two late double bogeys, to end his hopes of a maiden European Tour. Lee didn’t have to wait too much longer to rectify this in Shenzen.
Lee is desperately seeking out some form to get his career back on the right track. There’s no doubt that he is one of Asia’s brightest prospects, but confidence plays a key role in golf, and it is very much in short supply for Lee currently.
The course has changed to Surabaya Country Club, a tree aligned set up, with an array of challenging holes, as well as undulated fairways and greens. Whoever wins this week, will certainly have to work hard to achieve it.
As well as Lee, in-form Jeunghun Wang will be hoping to put himself in contention once again and add to his three European Tour victories in the past ten months.
Japanese based duo Younghan Song and KT Kim will also be confident of a strong display this week, especially with the course layout being quite similar to what they place regularly on the Japan Tour.
Extremely hot and humid weather conditions, as well as many steep fairways means that stamina and patience could be a major factor this week.
There’s no doubt that this Korean quartet has these attributes in abundance and it could very well be another successful week for Korean golf.
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