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Maybank Championship 2018

Round 4 - Shubhankar Sharma fires 10 birdies to secure win

February 04, 2018

India's Shubhankar Sharma fired 10 birdies to stun crowds and secure a two-shot win at the US$3 million Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Sunday.

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It is the second Asian Tour and European Tour victory for the 21-year-old, who pocketed US$500,000 and triumphed with a 10-under-par 62 on the final day of the tournament just two months after clinching the Joburg Open.

Speaking to reporters after the win, the world number 193 said 10 was his lucky number.

"It's always tough to make more birdies when you're trailing the leaders, but I was calm and fantastic, so it was great," he said.

"I've had a few 10-under pars, the first one I shot was in Manila two years back. And then I shot 10-under again in Joburg to win, so that number is lucky for me."

In sweltering conditions, Sharma came into the final round tied-19th, needing to make up four shots to catch overnight leaders Spaniard Jorge Campillo and South African Dylan Frittelli.

His road to victory began with an incredible four consecutive birdies, which included a 15-foot putt at the seventh hole.

Another birdie on the ninth was followed with an impressive birdie on the 11th, before he dropped in a further four to finish on a high.

"I didn't start well, but made the four birdies," he said.

"Even on the back nine, I just kept playing well. It's still sinking in, really happy with the way I played."

Runner-up Jorge Campillo meanwhile carded 68 for an overall 19-under-par 269.

His compatriot Pablo Larrazabal was tied-third with New Zealander Ryan Fox.

Fritelli finished tied-fifth, along with Italy’s Nino Bertasio, India’s Khalin Joshi and Japanese duo Ryo Ishikawa and Hideto Tanihara.

Lee Westwood, who shot a 62 on Friday, was unable to maintain his form and finished tied-11th together with French pair Matthieu Pavon and Romain Wattel, Netherlands’ Joost Luiten, Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and American Paul Peterson.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-21
70
69
66
62
267
2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-19
69
66
66
68
269
T3
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-18
70
70
64
66
270
T3
Ryan Fox
NZL
-18
68
68
68
66
270

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Round 3 - Frittelli & Campillo tied for lead in Malaysia

February 03, 2018

England's Lee Westwood turned in a 70 on the penultimate round of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Saturday to trail joint leaders Jorge Campillo and Dylan Frittelli by three shots.

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The 44-year-old Westwood won the Malaysian Open here at Saujana Golf and Country Club 21 years ago.

And he shot a 62 on Friday for the lowest score yet.

Spaniard Campillo and South Africa's Frittelli both dropped in a 66 for the single-stroke advantage.

The Maybank Championship remains up for grabs with the top 18 golfers separated by only three shots with the final round on Sunday.

World number 47 Frittelli, who bagged two European Tour titles in 2017, is eyeing the championship.

"It is super bunched. A lot of Japanese guys are up there, a few other Spanish guys, Jorge played great today with me and I'm not sure if we will be drawn together tomorrow but I'm excited to mix it up," said Frittelli, who shot six birdies.

Campillo, who was one of the six golfers to fire an eagle on the par-5 first hole, said it set the tone for a good round.

"I hit a perfect driver and a nice six iron to about four or five metres and made that one. Always nice to start with an eagle," said the world number 186.

"I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. It is a nice position to be and I'm excited."

Trailing the leaders tied-third are American Berry Henson and India's Joshi Khalin, who ended the day 14-under-par 202.

Italian Nino Bertasio and Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai, who shared the lead on Friday, were two shots off the leaderboard, accompanied by Prayad Marksaeng, Hideto Tanihara, Ryo Ishikawa and Marc Warren.

Ryan Fox hit the best shot of the day when he sank in an albatross on the first.

The Kiwi lies in the same bracket as Westwood at 12-under-par 204, along with Japan's Yusaku Miyazato, India's Shiv Kapur, French duo Michael Lorenzo-Vera and Benjamin Hebert, American Paul Peterson and Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.

Only 72 golfers will compete on Sunday after another eight were cut on Saturday, including Northern Irishman Darren Clarke.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Hole
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-15
18
69
66
66
201
T1
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-15
18
69
66
66
201
T3
Berry Henson
USA
-14
18
69
68
65
202
T3
Khalin Joshi
IND
-14
18
67
70
65
202
T5
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-13
18
71
64
68
203
T5
Lee Westwood
ENG
-13
18
72
62
69
203
T5
Marc Warren
SCO
-13
18
68
66
69
203
T5
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-13
18
68
65
70
203
T5
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-13
18
68
65
70
203
T5
Prayad Marksaeng
THA
-13
18
71
65
67
203
T5
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
-13
18
74
66
63
203
T12
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-12
18
69
70
65
204
T12
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-12
18
66
71
67
204
T12
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-12
18
70
70
64
204
T12
Paul Peterson
USA
-12
18
69
70
65
204
T12
Ryan Fox
NZL
-12
18
68
68
68
204
T12
Shiv Kapur
IND
-12
18
70
67
67
204
T12
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-12
18
71
67
66
204

Round 2 - Khongwatmai & Bertasio top crowded leaderboard

February 02, 2018

Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai posted a bogey-free round 65 to share a joint single-stroke lead with Italy's Nino Bertasio at the halfway stage of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Friday.

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The duo hold a marginal advantage over Scotland's Marc Warren, Japan's Yuta Ikeda and English duo Lee Westwood and Chris Paisley, who are all tied on third.

Thai sensation Phachara, 18, said he learnt a lot from the match-play style tournament.

"My partner Hideto Tanihara taught me a lot and he calmed me down because I was very nervous," Phachara, who shot seven birdies, told reporters.

"It has been a long time since I've been bogey-free. I putted very well because I didn't hit the ball close to the hole."

Earlier, Westwood finished with a 62 after an astonishing 11 birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club, where he won the Malaysian Open in 1997.

"It's nice to be in contention and to know this golf course well," Westwood, 44 said.

A competitive field saw a host of golfers remain only two shots off Phachara and Bertasio in tied-seventh, including last year's runner-up David Lipsky of the United States.

Top-ranked Henrik Stenson of Sweden also made the cut after an improved performance for a 67 to lurk six shots from the joint leaders.

Perhaps the biggest name to miss the cut was China's Li Haotong, who finished in an abysmal tied-125th.

There were high hopes that Li would stamp his mark on this tournament after his eye-catching victory at the Dubai Desert Classic last week, where he upstaged four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy.

Leading scores after the second round of the Maybank Championship Malaysia (Par 72):

133 Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 68-65
Nino Bertasio (ITA) 68-65
134 Lee Westwood (ENG) 72-62
Yuta Ikeda (JPN) 70-64
Marc Warren (SCO) 68-66
Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 68-65
Chris Paisley (ENG) 65-69
135 Stephen Gallacher (SCO) 70-65
Daisuke Kataoka (JPN) 68-67
Hideto Tanihara (JPN) 71-64
Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 69-66
David Lipsky (USA) 67-68
Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 69-66
Jorge Kampillo (ESP) 69-66
136 Andrew Dodt (AUS) 71-65
David Horsey (ENG) 66-70
Ryan Fox (NZL) 68-68
Danthai Boonma (THA) 70-66
Robert Karlsson (SWE) 68-68
Thomas Detry (BEL) 68-68
Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 68-68
Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 69-67
Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 71-65
Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 69-67
Lee Soo-Min (KOR) 67-69

Round 1 - Paisley takes clubhouse lead in unfinished round

February 01, 2018

Chris Paisley shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot clubhouse lead over David Horsey after a weather-interrupted first round at the Maybank Championship on Thursday.

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Play was suspended for almost two hours due to the threat of storms and 40 players will need to return on Friday morning to complete their rounds.

Paisley, who already has a European Tour title to his name this year after winning last month's South African Open, posted seven birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.

''I hit it well off the tee so I gave myself a lot of wedges and short irons into the greens,'' Paisley said. ''It's very hot and there's not much wind so scoring-wise it is quite easy but to keep your focus is quite difficult with how tiring the heat is.''

Henrik Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion, was well down the field on 72. Haotong Li, who won the Dubai Desert Classic last Sunday, fared even worse as he slumped to a 74.

Defending champion Fabrizio Zanotti made a good start as he posted a 68 to finish in a share of 10th place with 14 other players, including Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
1
Chris Paisley
ENG
18
-7
65
T2
David Horsey
ENG
18
-6
66
T2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
16
-6
-
T4
Alexander Levy
FRA
18
-5
67
T4
Andrew Johnston
ENG
18
-5
67
T4
Arjun Atwal
IND
18
-5
67
T4
David Lipsky
USA
18
-5
67
T4
Romain Wattel
FRA
18
-5
67
T4
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
18
-5
67
T10
Bowen Xiao
CHN
18
-4
68
T10
Chris Hanson
ENG
18
-4
68
T10
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
18
-4
68
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
18
-4
68
T10
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
18
-4
68
T10
Gavin Green
MAS
18
-4
68
T10
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
18
-4
68
T10
Nino Bertasio
ITA
18
-4
68
T10
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
18
-4
68
T10
Robert Karlsson
SWE
18
-4
68
T10
Ryan Fox
NZL
18
-4
68
T10
Scott Jamieson
SCO
18
-4
68
T10
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
18
-4
68
T10
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
18
-4
68
T10
Thomas Detry
BEL
18
-4
68
T10
Marc Warren
SCO
15
-4
-

Scores

Pos. Player Nat To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Shubhankar Sharma IND -21 70 69 66 62 267
2 Jorge Campillo ESP -19 69 66 66 68 269
T3 Pablo Larrazabal ESP -18 70 70 64 66 270
T3 Ryan Fox NZL -18 68 68 68 66 270
T5 Dylan Frittelli RSA -16 69 66 66 71 272
T5 Hideto Tanihara JPN -16 71 64 68 69 272
T5 Khalin Joshi IND -16 67 70 65 70 272
T5 Nino Bertasio ITA -16 68 65 70 69 272
T5 Ryo Ishikawa JPN -16 74 66 63 69 272
T10 Berry Henson USA -15 69 68 65 71 273
T10 Lee Westwood ENG -15 72 62 69 70 273
T12 Joost Luiten NED -14 72 68 66 68 274
T12 Matthieu Pavon FRA -14 70 67 70 67 274
T12 Maximilian Kieffer GER -14 69 66 71 68 274
T12 Paul Peterson USA -14 69 70 65 70 274
T12 Romain Wattel FRA -14 67 73 65 69 274
T17 Andy Sullivan ENG -13 71 66 71 67 275
T17 Benjamin Hebert FRA -13 69 70 65 71 275
T17 David Lipsky USA -13 67 68 71 69 275
T17 Michael Lorenzo-Vera FRA -13 66 71 67 71 275
T17 Phachara Khongwatmai THA -13 68 65 70 72 275
T17 Scott Jamieson SCO -13 68 69 69 69 275
T23 Daisuke Kataoka JPN -12 68 67 72 69 276
T23 Panuphol Pittayarat THA -12 72 66 70 68 276
T23 Shiv Kapur IND -12 70 67 67 72 276
T23 Thomas Detry BEL -12 68 68 69 71 276
T27 Andrew Johnston ENG -11 67 71 68 71 277
T27 Chris Paisley ENG -11 65 69 72 71 277
T27 Gaganjeet Bhullar IND -11 68 71 66 72 277
T27 Juvic Pagunsan PHI -11 68 70 73 66 277
T27 Kiradech Aphibarnrat THA -11 69 70 72 66 277
T27 Prayad Marksaeng THA -11 71 65 67 74 277
T27 Yusaku Miyazato JPN -11 71 67 66 73 277
T34 Arjun Atwal IND -10 67 71 68 72 278
T34 Danthai Boonma THA -10 70 66 71 71 278
T34 David Horsey ENG -10 66 70 72 70 278
T34 Javier Colomo ESP -10 71 67 70 70 278
T34 Shih-Chang Chan TPE -10 68 69 73 68 278
T39 Adrian Otaegui ESP -9 69 71 69 70 279
T39 Gavin Green MAS -9 68 69 69 73 279
T39 Jazz Janewattananond MAS -9 68 71 70 70 279
T39 Prom Meesawat THA -9 74 66 70 69 279
T39 Scott Vincent ZIM -9 71 68 71 69 279
T39 Soren Kjeldsen DEN -9 69 67 71 72 279
T39 Soo-Min Lee KOR -9 67 69 71 72 279
T39 Stephen Gallacher SCO -9 70 65 73 71 279
T39 Thomas Bjorn DEN -9 68 68 69 74 279
T39 Thongchai Jaidee THA -9 69 67 69 74 279
T39 Yuta Ikeda JPN -9 70 64 71 74 279
T50 Amir Nazrin IND -8 70 68 74 68 280
T50 Graeme Storm ENG -8 72 68 69 71 280
T50 Jyoti Randhawa IND -8 67 71 71 71 280
T50 Michael Tran VIE -8 73 65 70 72 280
T50 Thaworn Wiratchant THA -8 70 70 69 71 280
T55 Alexander Levy FRA -7 67 70 73 71 281
T55 Andrew Dodt AUS -7 71 65 74 71 281
T55 Matteo Manassero ITA -7 70 68 70 73 281
T55 Shiv Chawrasia IND -7 69 71 71 70 281
T55 Simon Yates SCO -7 72 66 74 69 281
T60 Fabrizio Zanotti PAR -6 68 69 75 70 282
T60 Henrik Stenson SWE -6 72 67 73 70 282
T62 Austin Connelly CAN -5 71 69 73 70 283
T62 Jeung-Hun Wang KOR -5 70 70 70 73 283
T62 Matthew Southgate ENG -5 73 66 72 72 283
T62 Richie Ramsay SCO -5 71 68 73 71 283
T62 Sihwan Kim KOR -5 71 69 71 72 283
T67 Antonio Lascuna PHL -4 69 68 72 75 284
T67 Marc Warren SCO -4 68 66 69 81 284
69 Jordan Smith ENG -3 70 68 74 73 285
T70 Jason Norris AUS -2 71 69 73 73 286
T70 Rattanon Wannasrichan THA -2 70 70 72 74 286
72 Keith Horne RSA -1 71 68 74 74 287
73 Daniel Im USA Par 69 71 73 75 288
MDF Chris Hanson ENG -2 68 70 76 - 214
MDF Nicholas Fung MAL -2 71 69 74 - 214
MDF Ben Leong MAL Par 69 70 77 - 216
MDF Carlos Pigem ESP Par 69 71 76 - 216
MDF Marcel Siem GER Par 69 71 76 - 216
MDF Robert Karlsson SWE 1 68 68 81 - 217
MDF Eddie Pepperell ENG 2 69 69 80 - 218
MDF Darren Clarke NIR 3 72 68 79 - 219
CUT Adilson Da Silva BRA -3 69 72 - - 141
CUT Bowen Xiao CHN -3 68 73 - - 141
CUT Chien Yao Hung CHN -3 70 71 - - 141
CUT Haydn Porteous RSA -3 70 71 - - 141
CUT Jarin Todd USA -3 72 69 - - 141
CUT Jason Scrivener AUS -3 71 70 - - 141
CUT Johannes Veerman USA -3 71 70 - - 141
CUT Lucas Bjerregaard DNK -3 72 69 - - 141
CUT Miguel Tabuena PHI -3 69 72 - - 141
CUT Natipong Srithong THA -3 74 67 - - 141
CUT Scott Hend AUS -3 75 66 - - 141
CUT Alexander Bjoerk SWE -2 71 71 - - 142
CUT Arnod Vongvanij THA -2 72 70 - - 142
CUT Bernd Wiesberger AUT -2 71 71 - - 142
CUT Brandon Stone RSA -2 72 70 - - 142
CUT Casey O'Toole USA -2 70 72 - - 142
CUT Gregory Bourdy FRA -2 69 73 - - 142
CUT Lee Slattery ENG -2 72 70 - - 142
CUT Micah Shin USA -2 71 71 - - 142
CUT Poom Saksansin THA -2 74 68 - - 142
CUT Thorbjorn Olesen DEN -2 73 69 - - 142
CUT Tirawat Kaewsirbandit THA -2 68 74 - - 142
CUT Wenchong Liang CHN -2 70 72 - - 142
CUT Young-Han Song KOR -2 73 69 - - 142
CUT Alvaro Quiros ESP -1 73 70 - - 143
CUT Dean Burmester RSA -1 72 71 - - 143
CUT Jbe Kruger RSA -1 71 72 - - 143
CUT Marcus Fraser AUS -1 72 71 - - 143
CUT Mohd Wafiyuddin MAS -1 69 74 - - 143
CUT Mohd Sukree Othman MAS -1 74 69 - - 143
CUT Quincy Quek SIN -1 73 70 - - 143
CUT Terry Pilkadaris AUS -1 72 71 - - 143
CUT Wei-Chih Lu TPE -1 70 73 - - 143
CUT Danny Chia MAL Par 73 71 - - 144
CUT Danny Willett ENG Par 74 70 - - 144
CUT Jake Higginbottom AUS Par 75 69 - - 144
CUT Rashid Khan IND Par 72 72 - - 144
CUT Renato Paratore ITA Par 72 72 - - 144
CUT Robert Rock ENG Par 72 72 - - 144
CUT Rory Hie USA Par 75 69 - - 144
CUT Seenappa Chikkarangappa IND Par 74 70 - - 144
CUT Shaun Norris RSA Par 72 72 - - 144
CUT Todd Sinnott AUS Par 70 74 - - 144
CUT Ajeetesh Sandhu IND 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Arie Irawan MAS 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Haotong Li CHN 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Nacho Elvira ESP 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Joakim Lagergren SWE 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Paul Waring ENG 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Pavit Tangkamolprasert THA 1 72 73 - - 145
CUT Richard Lee CAN 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Angelo Que PHL 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Edoardo Molinari ITA 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Naing Naing Lin MYA 2 74 72 - - 146
CUT Oliver Fisher ENG 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Rahil Gangjee IND 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Sam Brazel AUS 2 70 76 - - 146
CUT Chiragh Kumar IND 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT Justin Quiban PHI 3 71 76 - - 147
CUT Matt Wallace ENG 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT Mohammad Siddikur Rahman BAN 3 71 76 - - 147
CUT Sasidaran Muthiah MAS 3 72 75 - - 147
CUT Yuxin Lin CHN 3 72 75 - - 147
CUT Kemarol Baharin MAS 4 71 77 - - 148
CUT Ramasamy Nachimuthu MAS 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT Yi-Keun Chang KOR 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT Gi-Whan Kim KOR 5 73 76 - - 149
CUT Airil Rizman Zahari MAS 7 76 75 - - 151
CUT Galven Green MAS 7 79 72 - - 151
CUT Lionel Weber FRA 7 75 76 - - 151
CUT Kheng Hwai Khor MAS 8 75 77 - - 152
CUT Shariffudin Ariffin MAS 9 75 78 - - 153
CUT Wade Ormsby AUS 9 78 75 - - 153
RET Jamie Elson ENG Par - - - - 0
RET Suradit Yongcharoenchai THA Par 78 - - - 78

 

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DATES: February 01-04
SITE: Saujana Golf & Country Club, Selangor, Malaysia
PRIZE MONEY: $3,000,000

 




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