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On The Range at The Maybank Malaysian Open 2013

Welcome to the Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur...
Welcome to the Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur G&CC - hot and humid this week!1/16
Even the TV towers have a beautiful background
Even the TV towers have a beautiful background2/16
Titleist ambassador Matteo "Manny"...
Titleist ambassador Matteo "Manny" Manassero is the defending champion3/16
We caught Manny just before a practice round...
We caught Manny just before a practice round sharing a joke with caddy Dave McNeilly - Dave didn't look too amused.......4/16
.....or did he?
.....or did he?5/16
We grabbed Manny's flatstick for a quick peek.
We grabbed Manny's flatstick for a quick peek.6/16
Because it's a small range, it was always...
Because it's a small range, it was always packed7/16
Staying hydrated is essential here!
Staying hydrated is essential here!8/16
And even Trackman needs to find some shade!
And even Trackman needs to find some shade!9/16
The sun must have been too much for whoever set...
The sun must have been too much for whoever set this sign!!!!10/16
Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken has good caused to...
Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken has good caused to look pleased with himself after last week's win in India11/16
Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Greg Havret was working...
Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Greg Havret was working hard on the range - and was sporting a new pair of FootJoy M:PROJECT shoes!12/16
Tom Hutton of Titleist caught up with Pro V1x...
Tom Hutton of Titleist caught up with Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald13/16
Titleist tour tech rep Phil "Lucky"...
Titleist tour tech rep Phil "Lucky" Dimmock chats with Titleist ambassador Jbe Kruger14/16
And Pro V1x loyalist Alejandro Canizares gets down...
And Pro V1x loyalist Alejandro Canizares gets down to some ball testing15/16
No carts to collect the range balls - a hard hat...
No carts to collect the range balls - a hard hat and a rake! Fore!16/16

Hot and humid weather greeted us as we arrived in Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open this week - with temperatures in excess of 35 deg C and humidity upwards of 85%, it's definitely a bit different!

Playing to 6,967 yards and a par of 72, the Kuala Lumpur G&CC features water on 13 of its holes and since last year's event, run-offs have been added to several of the green complexes.

Staying hydrated is critical to being able to endure these conditions and stay focused on the golf - the range bins were being emptied of drained bottles every few minutes as players took on as much water as possible. During the first round we've noted that several players have had to withdraw because of the conditions.

At the time of writing, rain has suspended play with about half of the field still to complete their first round. One of the players to have completed their first round, however, was Titleist ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat who posted a 7-under round of 65 to be clubhouse leader. Two other Titleist ambassadors, Anders Hansen and Gregory Bourdy, share second place with two others just one shot back at -6.

If the thunderstorms aren't too disruptive, we should be in for some low scoring come Sunday.

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