Golf: World No. 2 Donald to play in Malaysian Open in March

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - World No. 2 Luke Donald will star for the first time in this year's US$2.75 million (S$3.37 million) Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament, organisers said on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old former world No. 1, who won the Money Lists on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011, has accrued seven European Tour titles, including back-to-back successes in the tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

Donald will be joined by other star players who are in the world's top 50, including some who are Major champions. Organisers will be announcing their names in the next few weeks.

The tournament will be held from March 21-24 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. It had previously attracted current world No. 1 Rory Mcllroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee.