The Maybank Malaysian Open will mark its half century in sensational style this week when it welcomes the man of the moment in world golf – Masters Tournament Champion Charl Schwartzel – to headline the strongest field in the 50 year history of the tournament.

Schwartzel will join fellow Major Champions Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen in a galaxy of golfing stars at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in the nation’s capital, as the European Tour celebrates truly being on top of the world.

Not only do European Tour Members now hold all the Major Championships at the same time for the first time ever, after Charl Schwartzel's win at Augusta, they also occupy the top three positions in the Official World Golf Ranking with Kaymer No 1, and Englishmen Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in positions two and three.

People who were expecting much from Schwartzel are likely to be disappointed. He started this event with a below average 1-over 73 and has some work to do if he wants to make the cut. Which I am not 100 percent certain he actually does.

Fellow Major Champions Kaymer and Oosthuizen both missed the cut in Georgia, and will therefore be doubly determined to get back on the winning trail to maintain their respective challenges at the top of The 2011 Race to Dubai.

They have both had decent starts Kaymer is sitting in a tie for 21st spot and Oosthuizen is one better at three under in a tie for ninth.

But everyone is chasing Alexander Noren. The Swede blitzed the course in Malaysia on his way to an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead over Matteo Manassero.

Across the Pacific on the US Tour the Valero Texas Open has a distinct Australian flavour about it.

Adam Scott is a big favourite there, despite probably being quite drained by his Masters experience. Scott will be determined to go one better, and there is a lot of belief that he is finally growing into the potential he showed as a youngster.

Then there is also Geoff Ogilvy, whose finish at Augusta has been vastly overlooked because of Schwartzel's heroics.

Schwartzel won the Masters by birdieing all of the last four holes but Ogilvy managed five birdies in a row down the stretch to get himself into contention. He's been in great form since returning from his early-season injury and has five top-30s in seven starts and could get back into the winner's circle this weekend.

TV schedule

US Tour: Valero Texas Open Day 1

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport HD

21:30-00:00 – SuperSport 1

21:30-00:00 – CSN


European Tour: Malaysian Open Day 2

08:00-12:00 – SuperSport 6

US Tour: Valero Texas Open Day 2

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport HD

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport 5


European Tour: Malaysian Open Day 3

05:30-9:30 – SuperSport 6

US Tour: Valero Texas Open Day 3

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport HD

21:15-00:00 – SuperSport 1


European Tour: Malaysian Open Day 4

05:30-9:30 – SuperSport 6

US Tour: Valero Texas Open Day 4

19:00-00:00 – SuperSport 1

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport HD

21:00-00:00 – CSN


US Tour: Valero Texas Open


8/1 – Adam Scott
11/1 – Geoff Ogilvy
16/1 – Martin Laird
25/1 – Bo Van Pelt
25/1 – JB Holmes

Southern Africans

50/1 – Brendon de Jonge
125/1 – Garth Mulroy


1000/1 – Scott Gordon

European Tour: Malaysian Open


8/1 – Martin Kaymer
11/1 – Rory McIlroy
14/1 – Charl Schwartzel
18/1 – Louis Oosthuizen

22/1 – Thongchai Jaidee

South Africans

14/1 – Charl Schwartzel
18/1 – Louis Oosthuizen
55/1 – James Kingston
80/1 – George Coetzee
100/1 – Jbe Kruger
175/1 – Keith Horne
300/1 – Peter Karmis


1000/1 – Ter Chang Wang