Cape City – Padraig Harrington is teeing off his 2019 season in buoyant temper on the Maybank Championship as his restoration from a wrist damage exceeds expectations.
“I would not say the wrist is 100 %, it may not be 100 % for about 9 months, or at the least one other six or seven months. I am working away at it,” he stated.
“It is attention-grabbing to come back out right here. I hit pictures on the vary right here, I hit pictures final week and the wrist is holding up, there isn’t any doubt about it. There’s a certain quantity of mobility points and I must work on the energy of it, however on the whole it is proper on observe. If something, it is in all probability forward of expectations.”
The European Captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup is making his first look within the Kuala Lumpur occasion, however has beforehand loved success in Malaysia, recording 5 prime eight finishes within the Malaysian Open, together with tied sixth on his final outing six years in the past.
These outcomes additionally embody two runner up spots, with one coming at this week’s venue, Saujana Golf and Nation Membership, as he completed simply behind fellow three-time Main champion Vijay Singh in 2001.
“Historically the Malaysian Open was my first occasion of the season, in case you return 20 years. It is my first occasion this yr and I am trying ahead to that good karma, as an instance,” stated Harrington.
“It is an excellent arrange this yr. The adjustments to the greens have considerably modified the best way the course will play. The greens are agency. It seems to be just like the adjustments are glorious, a extremely, actually good problem.”
Becoming a member of the Irishman within the area is fellow European Tour and Ryder Cup stalwart Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who echoed Harrington’s reward for the current adjustments at Saujana.
The flamboyant Spaniard has loved nice success in Asia through the years, together with his 21 European Tour victories together with 5 Hong Kong Open titles. The 55-year-old is feeling as aggressive as ever as he efficiently balances life on the European Tour and the over 50s circuit, capturing his first two senior Main titles final yr together with the Senior Open on the Staysure Tour.
The co-sanctioned Maybank Championship is an occasion a lot nearer to house for Malaysia’s highest ranked participant Gavin Inexperienced. The 2017 Asian Tour Order of Advantage winner has performed in all three earlier editions of the match and is relishing the prospect of chasing a primary European Tour title, and his second on the Asian Tour, in entrance of a house crowd.