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Maybank Championship Malaysia 2016

Round 4 - Marcus Fraser wins again after six years

February 22, 2016

Marcus Fraser of Australia savoured his first win in nearly six years on Sunday after overnight leader Lee Soo-Min crumbled down the homestretch to hand him the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia.

The win is the third European Tour title for Fraser, who carded a bogey-free three-under-par 68, and ends a drought that saw him go 119 events without a victory.

"It's an absolute dream come true," said the ecstatic Fraser, who takes home a victor's purse of $500,000.

"It's been six years since I last won a golf tournament and I've had a lot of chances and completely stuffed it up."

He finished at 15-under, two strokes ahead of South Korea's Lee and Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines in the tournament, which is co-sponsored by the European and Asian tours.

The final round was a two-horse race between overnight leader Lee, a South Korean youngster with K-pop looks, and the 37-year-old Aussie.

Starting Sunday with a three-stroke advantage over Fraser, Lee fought off the persistent Australian for most of the round as the playing partners matched fine iron shots on the par-71 Royal Selangor Golf Club.

But the relatively inexperienced Lee, who is just 22 and was making just his second European Tour start, opened the door on the par-four 16th with a double-bogey that allowed Fraser to draw level.

After they both parred the short 17th, Lee got into trouble again on the par-four closing hole, leaving Fraser with a par putt to win it.

"I wasn't sure how I actually held on to the putter on that last one. I was pretty nervous and I could see the putter head shaking," Fraser said.

But he bent it in for the win, leaving Lee to mop up with a double-bogey.

Lee, who shot a dazzling third-round 64 on Saturday, later admitted he wilted under the pressure of closing out the tournament. He finished Sunday with a two-over 73.

But it was the second recent strong performance by the South Korean, who finished tied for third in the Hong Kong Open in October.

Nathan Holman, a 24-year-old from Melbourne who won the Australian PGA title in December, had led the tournament the first two days.

But he gave up the lead late in the third round and struggled to find a rhythm Sunday, posting a one-over 72 to finish in eighth place.

England's world number 13 Danny Willett had been considered the favourite in Malaysia after winning the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago, but played himself out of contention with weekend rounds of 73 and 75.

The tournament is the successor to the long-running Malaysian Open, which has been discontinued due to a sponsorship realignment.

Round 3 - Lee Soo-min moves three clear

February 21, 2016

South Korea's Lee Soo-min put on a sizzling display with his irons to top the Maybank Championship Malaysia leaderboard on Saturday, opening a three-shot lead over closest rival Marcus Fraser after the third round.

Lee fired home nine birdies, including four in a row on the back nine, for a 7-under 64 to move to a total of 15-under 198 at Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Fraser had a 66 to be outright second, a stroke ahead of Australian compatriot and second-round leader Nathan Holman, who struggled with four birdies and a double bogey en route to a 73.

Lee, ranked 221 in the world, last won a title at the Gunsan CC Open on the Korean Tour last year.

''I had a good feeling this week because I like this course,'' Lee said. ''I hit many important iron shots and gained some confidence on the greens. I am a bit nervous thinking of the final round but I will try my best. This weekend will be very good for my golf life.''

Fraser is chasing his first title on the Asian and European Tour in six years.

''Probably somewhere round the 18-under mark will win it, depending on what the leader does tomorrow,'' Fraser said. ''There are a few guys stacked in behind him, so we'll see what the final day brings.''

The trio of Masahiro Kawamura, Jorge Campillo and Miguel Tabuena trail Lee by five shots in a tie for fourth.

Tabuena, who won the Philippine Open last year intends to use his success on home soil as platform for a grandstand finish.

''Winning against the best in Asia really boosted my confidence. It showed that that I can compete against the finest and hopefully I can make some clutch putts tomorrow to win,'' Tabuena said.

Malaysian Open champion Thongchai Jaidee was struck by illness and pulled out of the tournament, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.

Round 2 - Nathan Holman two clear at halfway

February 20, 2016

Australia's Nathan Holman shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Holman, who had an opening round of 64, had seven birdies to reach 13-under at the halfway mark. Richard Bland of England also shot 65 on Friday to stay within two shots of the lead.

England's Danny Willett was among a group of golfers trailing Holman by five shots.

''I am enjoying the lead,'' Holman said. ''It is why we play the game, to get ourselves in front and with a chance of winning big tournaments. I'd like to be even further ahead if I could.''

Bland, whose only title came at the Challenge Tour Grand Final in 2001, attributed a change in driver to his strong showing.

''It has added 15 yards to my drives,'' he said. ''When you got a shorter club in your hand, you can be a bit more aggressive. I am pleased with my round, to get two rounds without dropping a shot takes some doing. Nathan's playing well, so I'm going to have to keep making birdies just to keep up.''

The inaugural tournament, co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tour and offering $3 million in prize money, was also highlighted by Casey O'Toole's 193-yard hole-in-one on the 12th.

''I didn't see it go in, but when I heard the yells I realized what had happened,'' he said. ''It's my first in competition. I've had four or five in practice, so this is the first that really counts.''

Martin Kaymer, whose 73 left him at 2-over, was among those who missed the cut.

Round 1 - Nathan Holman leads with opening 64

February 19, 2016

Nathan Holman of Australia shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the opening round of the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.

England's Danny Willett and Angelo Que of the Philippines were among a group of players one shot back at 65.

Holman had seven birdies, including four on the back nine. He finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the final hole.

''I'm really happy with 7-under, because you get in the rough sometimes and it can be difficult, especially under these weather conditions,'' Holman said. ''But every aspect of my game has been heading in the right direction and I'm looking forward to the next three days.''

Scorching temperatures that reached 34C (93F) failed to dampen the quality of golf at the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event, which offers $3 million in prize money. Que's bogey on the 16th hole denied him a chance to share the lead.

''This week I am focused on what I need to do on the course to stay in the game,'' he said. ''I played well a lot in Malaysia in the past 14 years and today I holed a lot of putts which is what you need to do in a tournament.''

Malaysia's Shaaban Hussin had three birdies and an eagle after 12 holes, but faded with three bogeys in the final five holes to finish with a 67.

Louis Oosthuizen also shot a 67, while Martin Kaymer had a 71.

Scores

1 AUS Marcus Fraser -15 66 69 66 68 269
T2 KOR Soo-Min Lee -13 66 68 64 73 271
T2 PHL Miguel Tabuena -13 66 68 69 68 271
T4 ESP Jorge Campillo -12 65 69 69 69 272
T4 FRA Julien Quesne -12 70 69 65 68 272
T6 ENG Richard Bland -11 66 65 73 69 273
T6 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -11 70 69 65 69 273
8 AUS Nathan Holman -10 64 65 73 72 274
T9 IND Rahil Gangjee -9 68 72 67 68 275
T9 JPN Masahiro Kawamura -9 66 70 67 72 275
T9 USA Peter Uihlein -9 65 75 69 66 275
T12 FIN Mikko Ilonen -8 71 69 64 72 276
T12 THA Prayad Marksaeng -8 71 68 68 69 276
T12 RSA Louis Oosthuizen -8 67 70 73 66 276
T15 SWE Kristoffer Broberg -7 69 72 68 68 277
T15 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -7 65 74 71 67 277
T15 SCO Stephen Gallacher -7 68 70 66 73 277
T15 THA Thayakorn Khrongpha -7 70 69 70 68 277
T15 NED Joost Luiten -7 72 67 70 68 277
T15 THA Prom Meesawat -7 66 72 70 69 277
T15 ENG James Morrison -7 68 71 69 69 277
T15 ENG Robert Rock -7 68 70 71 68 277
T15 FRA Romain Wattel -7 68 70 67 72 277
T24 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -6 70 67 70 71 278
T24 THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong -6 67 72 73 66 278
T24 MAL Nicholas Fung -6 70 71 68 69 278
T24 RSA Keith Horne -6 70 70 69 69 278
T24 KOR Kyung-tae Kim -6 66 71 71 70 278
T24 FRA Alexander Levy -6 65 73 71 69 278
T24 USA Casey OToole -6 71 67 69 71 278
T31 GER Maximilian Kieffer -5 68 71 71 69 279
T31 PHL Antonio Lascuna -5 71 70 70 68 279
T31 USA Brett Munson -5 73 68 71 67 279
T31 KOR Youngh Han Song -5 71 67 71 70 279
T31 THA Natipong Srithong -5 69 71 69 70 279
T36 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -4 69 69 72 70 280
T36 RSA Jbe Kruger -4 74 67 65 74 280
T36 THA Chapchai Nirat -4 68 73 67 72 280
T36 THA Chawalit Plaphol -4 69 68 69 74 280
T40 IND Gaganjeet Bhullar -3 67 71 71 72 281
T40 SWE Rikard Karlberg -3 70 71 74 66 281
T40 PHL Angelo Que -3 65 74 73 69 281
T40 ENG Anthony Wall -3 69 72 71 69 281
T40 THA Thaworn Wiratchant -3 69 67 74 71 281
T45 FRA Benjamin Hebert -2 71 69 74 68 282
T45 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -2 72 69 71 70 282
T45 USA David Lipsky -2 68 70 73 71 282
T45 SGP Mardan Mamat -2 70 70 71 71 282
T45 ENG Danny Willett -2 65 69 73 75 282
T50 FRA Gregory Havret -1 70 67 71 75 283
T50 CHN Chi-Hsien Hsieh -1 68 72 74 69 283
T50 ITA Matteo Manassero -1 70 69 71 73 283
T50 BGD Siddikur Rahman -1 69 72 72 70 283
T54 CHN Cheng Jin Par 70 70 69 75 284
T54 RSA Thriston Lawrence Par 68 72 70 74 284
T54 ENG Graeme Storm Par 69 68 74 73 284
T57 MAL Kemarol Baharin Kemarol Huda 1 73 68 70 74 285
T57 AUS Samuel Brazel 1 71 69 74 71 285
T57 DEN Soren Kjeldsen 1 71 70 72 72 285
T60 MAL Wilson Choo 2 70 71 71 74 286
T60 ESP Eduardo De La Riva 2 69 71 71 75 286
T60 - Micheal Tran 2 70 71 71 74 286
T60 CHI Ashun Wu 2 70 70 72 74 286
T60 SCO Simon Yates 2 71 70 75 70 286
T65 KOR Deng Shan Koh 4 69 72 73 74 288
T65 AUS Kalem Richardson 4 69 71 74 74 288
T67 AUS Andrew Dodt 5 69 67 76 77 289
T67 ENG Eddie Pepperell 5 70 70 73 76 289
69 MAL Shaaban Hussin 8 67 74 78 73 292
CUT BRA Adilson Da Silva Par 73 69 - - 142
CUT ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick Par 70 72 - - 142
CUT IDN George Gandranata Par 72 70 - - 142
CUT ENG Tyrrell Hatton Par 71 71 - - 142
CUT KOR Jin Jeong Par 75 67 - - 142
CUT USA Anthony Kang Par 69 73 - - 142
CUT - Chieh-po Lee Par 71 71 - - 142
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen Par 72 70 - - 142
CUT PHL Juvic Pagunsan Par 69 73 - - 142
CUT USA Paul Peterson Par 72 70 - - 142
CUT THA Chinnarat Phadungsil Par 70 72 - - 142
CUT ESP Carlos Pigem Par 70 72 - - 142
CUT AUS Terry Pilkadaris Par 73 69 - - 142
CUT SWE Jeff Winther Par 73 69 - - 142
CUT THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT MAL Kenneth De Silva 1 68 75 - - 143
CUT SCO David Drysdale 1 71 72 - - 143
CUT FRA Edouard Espana 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT AUS Scott Hend 1 73 70 - - 143
CUT TWN Chien-yao Hung 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT THA Pariya Junhasavasdikul 1 73 70 - - 143
CUT FIN Mikko Korhonen 1 69 74 - - 143
CUT MAL KJ Low (am) 1 69 74 - - 143
CUT IRL Paul McGinley 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT RSA Shaun Norris 1 73 70 - - 143
CUT AUS Unho Park 1 73 70 - - 143
CUT BEL Thomas Pieters 1 71 72 - - 143
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 1 71 72 - - 143
CUT GER Marcel Siem 1 74 69 - - 143
CUT CAN Richard T. Lee 1 71 72 - - 143
CUT PAR Fabrizio Zanotti 1 73 70 - - 143
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 2 73 71 - - 144
CUT IND S.S.P Chawurasia 2 73 71 - - 144
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 2 74 70 - - 144
CUT THA Jazz Janewattananond 2 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG Andrew Johnston 2 71 73 - - 144
CUT GER Martin Kaymer 2 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Jason Knutzon 2 72 72 - - 144
CUT FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera 2 72 72 - - 144
CUT TWN Wei-chih Lu 2 70 74 - - 144
CUT AUS Wade Ormsby 2 74 70 - - 144
CUT ENG Oliver Wilson 2 74 70 - - 144
CUT ENG Chris Wood 2 69 75 - - 144
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT MAL Ben Leong 3 73 72 - - 145
CUT MAL Mohd Sukree Othman 3 75 70 - - 145
CUT THA Panupol Pittayarat 3 75 70 - - 145
CUT IND Jeev Milkha Singh 3 76 69 - - 145
CUT FRA Gary Stal 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT IRL Niall Turner 3 74 71 - - 145
CUT FRA Lionel Weber 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT AUS Scott Barr 4 74 72 - - 146
CUT ENG Seve Benson 4 73 73 - - 146
CUT MAL Ervin Chang 4 75 71 - - 146
CUT ESP Javier Colomo 4 78 68 - - 146
CUT IND Rashid Khan 4 73 73 - - 146
CUT IND Chiragh Kumar 4 74 72 - - 146
CUT ENG Steve Lewton 4 74 72 - - 146
CUT MAL R Nachimuthu 4 74 72 - - 146
CUT SCO Marc Warren 4 73 73 - - 146
CUT IND Arjun Atwal 5 76 71 - - 147
CUT ESP Alejandro Canizares 5 72 75 - - 147
CUT MAL Danny Chia 5 76 71 - - 147
CUT MAL Gavin Kyle Green 5 73 74 - - 147
CUT AUS Adam Groom 5 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA Berry Henson 5 74 73 - - 147
CUT MAL Mohd Iylia Jamil 5 73 74 - - 147
CUT ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez 5 75 72 - - 147
CUT IND Himmat Singh Rai 5 75 72 - - 147
CUT MAL Airil-Rizman Zahari 5 72 75 - - 147
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 6 72 76 - - 148
CUT NIR Michael Hoey 6 77 71 - - 148
CUT LKA Mithun Perera 6 77 71 - - 148
CUT THA Danthai Boonma 7 75 74 - - 149
CUT BEL Nicolas Colsaerts 7 78 71 - - 149
CUT KOR Jeung-hun Wang 7 74 75 - - 149
CUT SWE Magnus A Carlsson 8 76 74 - - 150
CUT MAL Arie Irawan 8 77 73 - - 150
CUT MAL Kheng Hwai Khor 8 75 75 - - 150
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren 8 74 76 - - 150
CUT DEN Thorbjorn Olesen 8 75 75 - - 150
CUT IND Shiv Kapur 10 81 71 - - 152
CUT MMR Zaw Zaw Latt 16 76 82 - - 158
RET THA Thongchai Jaidee -7 66 69 - - 135
RET ENG David Howell 2 73 - - - 73
RET TWN Wen-tang Lin 8 79 - - - 79
RET ENG David Horsey 2 - - - - 0

 





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