This week’s diary entry comes from the hot and humid Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Players will be faced with stifling temperatures of up to 35 deg, along with severe humidity. On top of this, the daily thunder and lightning storms are also likely to disrupt play. This will be a very long week for the players, and they will be tested to the max both physically and mentally.
Louis Oosthuizen (DryJoys Tour) headlines the field after his runner-up finish at Augusta last week. He will be looking to go one spot better to make up for the disappointment. Louis is looking in fine form carrying on where he left on in Augusta firing a first round 66.
Matteo Manassero (FJ Sport) is the defending champion here in KL. Matteo will have to go low this weekend. He currently sits at -2, 6 shots off the current leader.
Former US Open champion, Michael Campbell will be looking to kick start his 2012 season. Michael has been an avid wearer of the new XPS-1 since it's launch to the tour at the back end of 2011.
Jbe Kruger is another player who will be looking for a good week. Jbe has played his golf predominantly in Asia for the last few seasons, so he will certainly be one to watch, and try and add another victory to his CV after claiming the Avantha Indian Masters a few weeks ago.
Exciting young Frenchman, Romain Wattell was hard at work on the practice days this week. He was looking a bit tired and warm when we caught up with him on Tuesday, but after a good night’s sleep he was back to his usual self on Wednesday. As you can imagine the time difference the European players face this week will have a big impact on their performance as they will be faced with a few restless night’s sleep trying to overcome the dreaded jet lag.