Louis Oosthuizen sets sights on Maybank Malaysian Open win

Louis Oosthuizen sets sights on Maybank Malaysian Open win
South African professional golfer Louis Oosthuizen is set to take on competitors from around the world in the upcoming Maybank Malaysian Open after confirming he will take part in the event earlier this week.

The talented player - who turned professional in 2002 - will play against some of the biggest international names in the hotly-contested event, which will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club next month.

Among the participants will be six-time European Tour champion Alvaro Quiros, as well as major winners Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer - who are set to go up against each other for the US$2.5 million (£1.58 million) prize fund.

Oosthuizen has revealed he is hoping to continue his fine start to the 2012 season with a victory at the prestigious tournament after successfully defending his title in January's Africa Open, while 29-year-old Quiros will be making his debut in the competition.

Mohamed Adam Wee, Maybank's chief marketing officer, said: "The second wave of star players committing to the Maybank Malaysian Open is a clear indication of the standing of the event as an important fixture on the European Tour Race to Dubai."

The figurehead went on to say the current challenge is to deliver a better tournament than those in previous years, as the 156-player field will comprise some of the top international players, as well as a balance of "experienced and exciting young talents".

Meanwhile, newly-crowned world number one Rory McIlroy has announced his intentions of sealing a victory in front of his home fans during July's Irish Open - which is set to kick off at the links in County Antrim. 

After knocking Englishman Luke Donald from the top spot with a win at last weekend's Honda Classic, McIlroy will certainly be in for a hero's welcome by fans of the sport who have watched the 22-year-old develop into one of the most accomplished sportsmen in the game.

"It would be incredible to win. I haven't played competitively at Royal Portrush since 2005, so to go back there and have the chance to win my national open is something that is very, very important to me," he said.

McIlroy - who shot a 61 on the links as an amateur player - will be among the big names to take part at the 6,843-yard, par-72 Royal Portrush course this July, which will represent the 57th edition of the historic event.ADNFCR-1532-ID-801312275-ADNFCR

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