Kuala Lumpur, February 12: Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti carded a superb closing 63 with a birdie-eagle finish to win the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club.
The 33-year-old claimed his second European Tour title in spectacular fashion at Saujana’s Palm Course, finishing on 19-under-par to edge American David Lipsky by one shot.
Zanotti began the final round six shots off the lead held by Masters champion Danny Willett. The Paraguayan birdied the short par-four 17th to take the lead and then found the green in two at the closing hole, where he rolled in a 15-foot putt to set the clubhouse target.
Lipsky, who had led for most of the back nine, birdied the 17th to get within one but missed a 20-footer at the last hole to settle for second place.
Halfway leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria was third on 17-under-par, with France’s Alexander Levy taking fourth place a shot further back.
Willett started the final round with a three-shot lead but failed to get things going and his closing 73 placed him joint fifth with China’s Li Haotong on 15-under-par.
“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy. It feels really good to be a winner again. I’ve been working a lot and I was not in my best run of form, missing three cuts in a row, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great,” said Zanotti, whose last win on tour came in the 2014 BMW International Open.
269 – Fabrizio ZANOTTI (PAR) 70-69-67-63
270 – David LIPSKY (USA) 68-67-68-67
271 – Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 69-63-73-66
272 – Alexander LEVY (FRA) 69-68-67-68
273 – LI Hao-tong (CHN) 71-69-68-65, Danny WILLETT (ENG) 66-67-67-73
274 – Anirban LAHIRI (IND)69-68-69-68, Michael LORENZO-VERA (FRA) 70-65-70-69
276 – Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 68-68-71-69, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 70-69-66-71
277 – Gregory HAVRET (FRA) 69-70-66-72
279 – James MORRISON (ENG) 70-67-74-68, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 66-71-73-69, Ben LEONG (MAS) 70-71-69-69, Rashid KHAN (IND) 72-68-70-69, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 70-67-72-70, Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 72-68-69-70, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 71-68-69-71, Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 73-68-67-71