Maybank Championship 2017

Round 4 - Fabrizio Zanotti claims win with closing 63

February 13, 2017

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a final-round 63 after a birdie and eagle on his closing two holes to win his second European Tour title at the Maybank Championship.

Zanotti began the day six shots off the lead at Saujana Golf and Country Club, but a birdie on the 71st hole saw him hit the top of the leaderboard for the first time all week.

He claimed a one-shot victory over American David Lipsky, who closed with a 67.

On the par-5 18th, Zanotti was on the green in two and rolled in a 15-foot putt for eagle.

''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,'' he said. ''But that's in the past and today I'm a winner again and it feels great.''

Zanotti finished the tournament with a 19-under 269.

''This week I just came here to try and take it easy,'' he said. ''This win is huge for me. All the hard work you do at home and all the time being away from family, it pays off.''

Bernd Weisberger was two shots behind Zanotti in third after a final-round 67.

Finishing behind the Austrian was Frenchman Alexander Levy, followed by overnight leader Danny Willett and China's Li Haotong, who were tied for fifth.

U.S. Masters champion Willett, who had led the chasing pack into the final round, faltered with five bogeys and shot a final-round 73.

Round 3 - Danny Willett in contention

February 12, 2017

U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday at the Maybank Championship to finish the day three strokes ahead of American David Lipsky heading into Sunday's final round.

Willett had a 16-under total of 200 after 54 holes.

The 29-year-old Englishman seemed to be thriving despite unpredictable weather conditions at the Saujana Golf and Country Club, opening with three rounds of 67 or better for just the third time in his career.

''It was an up and down. I'd have taken 67 at the start of the day,'' said Willett, who birdied the last two holes.

''I'm not sure what will win it to be honest, depends on if we pitch up and it's flat calm. I think there's a few guys that can go low if it's windy like this. One or two under par is a good knock out there so I think it all depends on the weather tomorrow.''

Willett has not won a tournament since the 2016 Masters and has only three top-10 finishes since his win at Augusta.

Lipsky, looking for a first title since 2014, shot 68 Saturday in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

''Just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm playing pretty well and giving myself opportunities,'' said Lipsky. ''My last birdie before 18 was on 10, so I'm happy to have made that. Danny and I are friends and it'll be neat out there competing.''

Round 2 - Bernd Wiesberger leads after birdie blitz

February 11, 2017

Bernd Wiesberger put on a clinic with his irons to lead Danny Willett by one stroke halfway through the Maybank Championship on Friday.

Wiesberger has been on a hot streak, and the Austrian came to life at Saujana club from the par-4 seventh hole to notch nine consecutive birdies of his 11 overall.

That haul stands as the longest birdie run of the year, despite two bogeys.

The three-time European Tour winner acknowledged his feat after carding a 9-under 63 in tropical heat.

''It felt kind of natural. I hit pretty good shots and really only holed two long ones which were the last birdie of the nine on 15 and about 20-footer on 11,'' Wiesberger said.

''Apart from that, I just hit them pretty close and felt like I had a good idea of what the ball was going to do on the green today, which was nice.''

Wiesberger finished tied for second at the British Masters in October, and followed that with three consecutive fourth-place finishes at the Turkish Airlines Open, the World Tour Championship, and Abu Dhabi Championship.

Willett finished the second round with a 67.

''I holed a couple of nice putts when I needed to. I missed a couple of good chances, too, but if someone told me at the start of the day, '5 under,' I would have bitten their hand off,'' the Masters champion said.

David Lipsky of the U.S. (67) and the surprising Michael Lorenzo-Vera of France (65) finished the day tied for third, three shots behind Wiesberger.

Defending champion Marcus Fraser missed the cut by one shot following a 1-over 73, which included two consecutive bogeys on the back nine. The cut was at 2 under overall.

Round 1 - Marc Warren leads with opening 63

February 10, 2017

Marc Warren overcame a missed cut last week to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Maybank Championship on Thursday.

The Scotsman, a three-time winner on the European Tour, nearly lost his playing card last year but a fifth-place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship set up a strong finish to 2016.

Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai was in second place after a 65, one stroke ahead of a group of six which included Masters champion Danny Willett, Peter Uihlein and local favorite Arie Irawan.

Warren had four birdies and an eagle on his opening nine holes at Saujana Golf and Country Club. He added back-nine birdies on 12, 14 and 17 in his bogey-free round.

''Once the wind picked up on the back nine, it was just a case of staying solid and hitting the greens,'' Warren said. ''More of the same tomorrow. My iron play was very good recently, and it was nice to get around without a bogey.''

The 17-year-old Khongwatmai won the Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour at the age of 14 in 2013, and is playing in his seventh European Tour event.

''I'm more confident in 2017,'' Khongwatmai said. "My style is to be as relaxed as possible.''

Willett had a morning start and birdied his first two holes after starting on the 10th tee.

''It's always nice to get out early when you're in Malaysia,'' Willett said. ''It was still roasting hot this morning, but the wind stays calm for the first hour or so and allows you to get some shots in there nice and close.''

It's been a slow start to the season for Willett, who missed the cut in Abu Dhabi and was tied for 54th in Dubai as defending champion.

Scores

1 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -19 - 70 69 67 63 269
2 USA David Lipsky -18 - 68 67 68 67 270
3 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -17 - 69 63 73 66 271
4 FRA Alexander Levy -16 - 69 68 67 68 272
T5 GBR Danny Willett -15 - 66 67 67 73 273
T5 - Haotong Li -15 - 71 69 68 65 273
T7 IND Anirban Lahiri -14 - 69 68 69 68 274
T7 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -14 - 70 65 70 69 274
T9 - Panuphol Pittayarat -12 - 70 69 66 71 276
T9 IND Shubhankar Sharma -12 - 68 68 71 69 276
11 FRA Gregory Havret -11 - 69 70 66 72 277
T12 MAL Ben Leong -9 - 70 71 69 69 279
T12 ENG James Morrison -9 - 70 67 74 68 279
T12 - Johannes Veerman -9 - 73 68 67 71 279
T12 IND Rashid Khan -9 - 72 68 70 69 279
T12 AUS Sam Brazel -9 - 66 71 73 69 279
T12 IND Shiv Kapur -9 - 70 67 72 70 279
T12 THA Thongchai Jaidee -9 - 71 68 69 71 279
T12 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -9 - 72 68 69 70 279
T20 IND Gaganjeet Bhullar -8 - 66 72 70 72 280
T20 SCO Marc Warren -8 - 63 75 72 70 280
T20 ITA Matteo Manassero -8 - 71 66 75 68 280
T20 FIN Mikko Korhonen -8 - 73 69 70 68 280
T20 THA Phachara Khongwatmai -8 - 65 75 69 71 280
T20 ITA Renato Paratore -8 - 69 71 70 70 280
T26 RSA Haydn Porteous -7 - 70 72 67 72 281
T26 ENG Lee Westwood -7 - 73 66 70 72 281
T26 ENG Robert Rock -7 - 71 67 73 70 281
T29 ESP Javier Colomo -6 - 72 70 73 67 282
T29 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -6 - 72 67 70 73 282
T29 USA Paul Peterson -6 - 71 70 68 73 282
T29 AUS Scott Hend -6 - 74 66 75 67 282
T29 KOR Soo-Min Lee -6 - 67 73 71 71 282
T34 CHI Ashun Wu -5 - 73 67 72 71 283
T34 ESP Carlos Pigem -5 - 72 69 71 71 283
T34 KOR Kyung-Tae Kim -5 - 68 68 69 78 283
T34 GER Marcel Siem -5 - 66 71 73 73 283
T34 USA Peter Uihlein -5 - 66 76 70 71 283
T34 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -5 - 70 72 71 70 283
T34 - Wenchong Liang -5 - 70 70 72 71 283
T41 AUS Andrew Dodt -4 - 72 69 73 70 284
T41 IND Chiragh Kumar -4 - 70 72 71 71 284
T41 ENG Chris Paisley -4 - 72 70 71 71 284
T41 GER Maximilian Kieffer -4 - 71 70 71 72 284
T41 - Mohammad Siddikur Rahman -4 - 69 69 73 73 284
T41 ITA Nino Bertasio -4 - 69 71 73 71 284
T47 - Daeng Abdul Rahman -3 - 73 67 71 74 285
T47 CHI Felipe Aguilar -3 - 72 70 71 72 285
T47 - Gavin Green -3 - 68 71 75 71 285
T47 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -3 - 69 70 73 73 285
T47 FRA Romain Wattel -3 - 68 70 75 72 285
T52 ESP Adrian Otaegui -2 - 70 72 74 70 286
T52 MAL Nicholas Fung -2 - 70 72 72 72 286
T52 THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong -2 - 69 73 72 72 286
T55 MAL Danny Chia -1 - 72 69 73 73 287
T55 ESP Jorge Campillo -1 - 73 69 74 71 287
T55 DNK Lasse Jensen -1 - 67 73 73 74 287
T55 TPE Wei-Chih Lu -1 - 69 73 72 73 287
T59 BRA Adilson Da Silva Par - 72 69 72 75 288
T59 IND Jyoti Randhawa Par - 73 69 75 71 288
T59 JPN Masahiro Kawamura Par - 74 68 71 75 288
T59 THA Piya Swangarunporn Par - 70 72 70 76 288
T59 THA Prom Meesawat Par - 69 70 73 76 288
T64 - Deng Shan Koh 1 - 72 70 73 74 289
T64 AUS Todd Sinnott 1 - 70 70 73 76 289
66 FRA Gary Stal 3 - 72 70 73 76 291
CUT RSA Keith Horne 4 - 73 68 74 77 292
CUT IRL Niall Turner 4 - 68 71 77 76 292
CUT MAS Arie Irawan 9 - 66 76 77 78 297
CUT AUS Curtis Luck -1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT KOR Jeung-Hun Wang -1 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren -1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT FRA Julien Quesne -1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT AUS Marcus Fraser -1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT IRL Paul Dunne -1 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT - Richard Lee -1 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT SWE Robert Karlsson -1 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT - Ye Htet Aung -1 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT FRA Benjamin Hebert Par - 70 74 - - 144
CUT THA Chapchai Nirat Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT SCO David Drysdale Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Graeme Storm Par - 76 68 - - 144
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT SIN Mardan Mamat Par - 70 74 - - 144
CUT - Michael Tran Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT PHI Miguel Tabuena Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT FIN Mikko Ilonen Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT IND Rahil Gangjee Par - 75 69 - - 144
CUT TPE Shih-Chang Chan Par - 69 75 - - 144
CUT AUS Terry Pilkadaris Par - 75 69 - - 144
CUT RSA Thomas Aiken Par - 73 71 - - 144
CUT IND Arjun Atwal 1 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT RSA Charl Schwartzel 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT ENG David Horsey 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT RSA Hennie Otto 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT MAS Jazz Janewattananond 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT - Junya Kameshiro 1 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT BEL Nicolas Colsaerts 1 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT SCO Richie Ramsay 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT ENG Ross Fisher 1 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT JPN Shugo Imahira 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT - Wen-Tang Lin 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT - Airil Rizman Zahari 2 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT THA Danthai Boonma 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT ESP Nacho Elvira 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 2 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT SWE Oscar Zetterwall 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT THA Poom Saksansin 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT THA Prayad Marksaeng 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT - Chien Yao Hung 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA George Coetzee 3 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT IDN George Gandranata 3 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT IND Shiv Chawrasia 3 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT - Shunya Takeyasu 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT - Young-Han Song 3 - 70 77 - - 147
CUT THA Itthipat Buranatanyarat 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT RSA Justin Walters 4 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT - Kemarol Baharin 4 - 70 78 - - 148
CUT - Mohd Sukree Othman 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT THA Natipong Srithong 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT - Seenappa Chikkarangappa 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT RSA Shaun Norris 4 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 5 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT PHI Jay Bayron 5 - 78 71 - - 149
CUT RSA Jbe Kruger 5 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT FRA Lionel Weber 5 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT ZIM Scott Vincent 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT USA Anthony Kang 6 - 73 77 - - 150
CUT - Craig Hinton 6 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT - Jeev Milkha Singh 6 - 71 79 - - 150
CUT THA Sutijet Kooratanapisan 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT PHL Antonio Lascuna 7 - 73 78 - - 151
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 7 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT - Kheng Hwai Khor 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 8 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT - Khai Jie Low 9 - 79 74 - - 153
CUT - Sam Chien 9 - 81 72 - - 153
CUT - Casey O'Toole 11 - 76 79 - - 155
CUT IND Mukesh Kumar 12 - 77 79 - - 156
CUT - Sasidaran Muthiah 12 - 78 78 - - 156
CUT - Supramaniam Sivachandran 12 - 81 75 - - 156
CUT - Mohd Iylia Jamil 13 - 78 79 - - 157
DSQ WAL Jamie Donaldson 3 - 3 - - - 3
RET PHL Angelo Que 8 - 80 - - - 80
RET ENG Callum Shinkwin 6 - 78 - - - 78
RET ENG Oliver Fisher 9 - 79 2 - - 81
RET - Ramasamy Nachimuthu 8 - 80 - - - 80
RET THA Rattanon Wannasrichan 10 - 82 - - - 82
RET - Thanyakon Khrongpha 7 - 7 - - - 7
RET FRA Victor Dubuisson 5 - 70 72 7 - 149