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Preview: Maybank Malaysian Open

 

Just short at Masters, Oosthuizen plays Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Four days after losing the Masters in a playoff, Louis Oosthuizen will try again, far from the azaleas of one of the citadels of golf.

``Down the stretch at Augusta I played the best that I could,'' he said. `` I was just outplayed. Now I am just looking to continue my good form.''

Oosthuizen, who also finished third at the Houston Open this month, begins play Thursday in the Malaysian Open, a tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. He still needs to catch up on sleep after flying to Malaysia following his loss to Bubba Watson on the second playoff hole.

The South African played a practice round Wednesday and says the 7,000-yard, tree-lined course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club could suit his game. Many of the fairways are as little as 10 to 15 yards wide, and the 2010 British Open champion is usually accurate off the tee.

``There are a few fairways out there that are narrower than U.S. Open fairways,'' Oosthuizen said. ``But in practice I made a few birdies out there, and hopefully I can build on that. If you are playing well there a lot of birdies to be made, but you have to be careful not to be too aggressive.''

Also in the field from Augusta are 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and long-hitting Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Jet lag will present plenty of problems for many in the field. But there's also the heat and humidity of Malaysia, meaning players will have to drink lots of liquids. Last year's champion, Matteo Manassero of Italy, says the tropical conditions are considerable .

``It is tough to keep your concentration levels up over four days,'' he said.

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Maybank Malaysian Open field
Felipe AguilarFredrik Andersson HedKiradech Aphibarnrat
Seuk-Hyun BaekRoss BainMatthew Baldwin
Scott BarrDarren BeckGaganjeet Bhullar
Adam BlythGeorge Wee Yoke BoonMarcus Both
Gregory BourdyGary BoydRafael Cabrera-Bello
Michael CampbellAlejandro CanizaresTuck-soon Chan
Yih-Shin ChanS Chandhran SivaDanny Chia
S.S.P. ChowrasiaGeorge CoetzeeNicolas Colsaerts
Adilson Da SilvaRhys DaviesRobert-Jan Derksen
Andrew DodtDavid DrysdaleVictor Dubuisson
Simon DysonJohan EdforsMuhammad Arie Fauzi
Oliver FisherTommy FleetwoodAlastair Forsyth
Mark FosterBen FoxMarcus Fraser
Nicholas FungLorenzo GagliStephen Gallacher
Ignacio GarridoGaurav GheiRick Gibson
David GleesonJean-Baptiste GonnetRicardo Gonzalez
Branden GraceJoonas GranbergRichard Green
Todd HamiltonHazig HamizanMohd Zurie Harun
Peter HedblomScott HendBerry Henson
Tetsuji HiratsukaMichael HoeyKeith Horne
David HorseyDavid HowellShaaban Hussein
Md. Rashid IsmailThongchai JaideeScott Jamieson
Richard S. JohnsonPariya JunhasavasdikulAnthony Kang
Shiv KapurRikard KarlbergPeter Karmis
Daisuke KataokaMartin KaymerSimon Khan
Kheng Hwai KhorThanyakorn KhrongphaGi-Hwan Kim
Soren KjeldsenJason KnutzonJbe' Kruger
Chiragh KumarAnirban LahiriChih-Bing Lam
Pablo LarrazabalAntonio LascunaPeter Lawrie
Sung LeeBen LeongTom Lewis
Steve LewtonWen-Chong LiangWen-tang Lin
David LipskyKhai Jie LowWei Chih Lu
Wen-teh LuJoost LuitenMardan Mamat
Matteo ManasseroPrayad MarksaengRichard McEvoy
Prom MeesawatChong Chee MengJoong Kyung Mo
Zaw MoeJames MorrisonShaifubari Muda
George MurrayS. MurthyRamasamy Nachimuthu
Chapchai NiratAlexander NorenLouis Oosthuizen
Mohd Sukree OthmanHennie OttoAndrew Parr
Chinnarat PhadungsilPanupol PittayaratKieran Pratt
Mars PucayAngelo QueJulien Quesne
Alvaro QuirosHimmat Singh RaiJyoti Randhawa
Muhammad Afif RazifAiril Rizman ZahariBrett Rumford
M. SasidaranCharl SchwartzelMohd Siddikur
Marcel SiemDigvijay SinghJeev Milkha Singh
Sujjan SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Thammanoon SrirotRichard SterneTim Stewart
Graeme StormAbel TamKwanchai Tannin
Namchok TantipokhakulGuido Van Der ValkTjaart Van der Walt
Arnond VongvanijRomain WattelSteve Webster
Bernd WiesbergerDanny WillettThaworn Wiratchant
Fabrizio ZanottiLian-Wei ZhangMatthew Zions
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Louis Oosthuizen (7)1
TOP 25None0
TOP 50Charl Schwartzel (28),Martin Kaymer (32),Branden Grace (34),Nicolas Colsaerts (36),Matteo Manassero (43),George Coetzee (49)6
TOP 100Alexander Noren (51),Rafael Cabrera-Bello (53),Marcus Fraser (58),Marcel Siem (62),Bernd Wiesberger (68),Simon Dyson (69),Pablo Larrazabal (78),Thaworn Wiratchant (79),Alvaro Quiros (81),Fredrik Andersson Hed (88),Gaganjeet Bhullar (90),Jeev Milkha Singh (93),Danny Willett (94),Stephen Gallacher (95),Thongchai Jaidee (100)15