Maybank Championship - R1

Elvira and Fraser take control in Kuala Lumpur

March 21-24
Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
$3,000,000
Co-sanction: Asian Tour
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Nacho Elvira and former champion Marcus Fraser lead the way at the end of the first day of the Maybank Championship, following a remarkable morning of scoring at Saujana Golf and County Club.

Elvira and Fraser take control in Kuala Lumpur, © Getty Images
Marcus Fraser

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“I’ve been playing well having a hit at home but I haven’t played a whole lot of competitive golf ” said Fraser. “It was nice to go out and play well in a great tournament.

“It’s been a good day. Played steady all day and putted really well. The new greens here, well they’ve done a great job. Unfortunately they lost them last year. Unbelievable to be able to turn them around in 12 months. They’ve done a great job. The greens last year, by no fault of their own, they were diseased and they lost them. Now they have rebuilt them and they are fantastic.

“If we don’t get any rain, maybe, but we’re in Malaysia, in the practice round the course was firm and bouncy and they have small undulating greens. With that combination you would think the scoring wouldn’t be as good. But it’s a great surface to putt on, not too much grain in the greens.”

Australian Fraser, who won the first staging of the tournament in 2016 to seal his third European Tour title, and four-time Challenge Tour winner Elvira of Spain each carded eight birdies and a single bogey on Thursday to get to seven under par.

“To be honest seven under is always good,” said Elvira. “With my record here not being too great, 65 is very good. It’s tough, it’s really humid. It’s not as hot in the morning but it’s really humid so it’s tough to stay hydrated.

“My caddie told me today that I hit 12 fairways. I have been hitting my irons good and putting great, I just needed to put the ball in play. I wasn’t able to do that the first few weeks (of the season) but I think I managed to do that in Qatar and also today.

“I’m happy the way things are going, happy to be turning around my golf game a little bit. We’ll see where that gets me.”

It had looked as though their efforts would be eclipsed when Angelo Que took full advantage of the newly rebuilt greens at the Kuala Lumpur venue to make nine birdies and no bogeys in his opening 11 holes, but the Filipino made back to back double bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes to fall from the top of the leaderboard.

“I thought I was dreaming when I got to nine under after 11 holes. But these things happen especially when you play well. You try not to think too much and get ahead of yourself by ignoring it and keep playing. But it sorts of plays on your mind too.

“I got unlucky on 15 where I hit the fairway but didn’t have a shot at the green. I got an unlucky lie and didn’t make up and down. It was the same story on the next hole.

“These things happen but lucky I still managed to make 10 birdies today. So, six-under is always a good score. I started off with a birdie and ended off with a birdie. So that’s nice.”

Que finished his round with a birdie at the 18th to join Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Austrian Matthias Schwab in a tie for third, a single shot behind the leaders on six under par.

Belgian Thomas Pieters is another stroke back after his opening round of 67, one ahead of eight players at four under par, including four-time Major Champion Ernie Els, and his fellow South Africans Dean Burmester and Brandon Stone.

There is then a group of 11 players at three under par, while European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington made a steady return to action after four months out with a wrist injury, shooting a first round 70 to sit alongside 14 other players at two under par.

“I actually really enjoyed my day. I wish I was like that every day. Four months off, I was buzzing out there, really enjoying the battle of getting it done. I struggled so badly off the tee, so it was an interesting contest for me .

“There is substantial difference between playing a practice round and playing with a card in your hand. I really struggled with my swing but I haven’t forgotten how to play golf. I managed my way around the golf course. I worked hard for the score. Overall 70 is a well worked score.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-7
65
T1
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
65
T3
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
66
T3
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-6
66
T3
Angelo Que
PHL
-6
66
6
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
67
T7
Poom Saksansin
THA
-4
68
T7
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
68
T7
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
68
T7
Brandon Stone
RSA
-4
68
T7
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
68
T7
Prom Meesawat
THA
-4
68
T7
Zach Murray
AUS
-4
68
T7
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-4
68
T15
Daniel James Masrin
INA
-3
69
T15
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
69
T15
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
69
T15
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-3
69
T15
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
69
T15
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
69
T15
Julian Suri
USA
-3
69
T15
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-3
69
T15
Scott Hend
AUS
-3
69
T15
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T15
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
69
T26
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
70
T26
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
70
T26
Viraj Madappa
IND
-2
70
T26
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
70
T26
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
-2
70
T26
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
70
T26
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-2
70
T26
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
70
T26
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-2
70
T26
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
70
T26
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-2
70
T26
Paul Peterson
USA
-2
70
T26
Scott Vincent
ZWE
-2
70
T26
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-2
70
T26
Travis Smyth
AUS
-2
70
T41
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-1
71
T41
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
71
T41
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
71
T41
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
-1
71
T41
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
71
T41
Ashun Wu
CHI
-1
71
T41
Shaun Norris
RSA
-1
71
T41
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
71
T41
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
-1
71
T41
Shariffudin Ariffin
MAS
-1
71
T41
Keith Horne
RSA
-1
71
T41
Danthai Boonma
THA
-1
71
T41
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
71
T41
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
71
T41
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
71
T41
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
71
T41
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
71
T41
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
71
T41
Chris Paisley
ENG
-1
71
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
71
T41
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-1
71
T41
Robin Roussel
FRA
-1
71
T63
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
72
T63
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
72
T63
Danny Chia
MAL
Par
72
T63
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
Par
72
T63
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
72
T63
David Lipsky
USA
Par
72
T63
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
72
T63
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
72
T63
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
72
T63
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
Par
72
T63
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
72
T63
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
72
T63
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T63
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
Par
72
T63
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
72
T63
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
Par
72
T63
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
72
T63
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
Par
72
T63
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
Par
72
T82
Kenneth De Silva
MAL
1
73
T82
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
1
73
T82
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
73
T82
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
73
T82
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T82
Arjun Atwal
IND
1
73
T82
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
73
T82
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
73
T82
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
73
T82
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
1
73
T82
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
T82
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
1
73
T82
Robert Rock
ENG
1
73
T82
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
1
73
T82
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
73
T82
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
73
T82
David Law
SCO
1
73
T82
Jarin Todd
USA
1
73
T82
Shinichi Mizuno
HKG
1
73
T82
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
1
73
T82
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
73
T82
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
73
T82
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
73
T105
John Catlin
USA
2
74
T105
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
74
T105
David Howell
ENG
2
74
T105
Micah Shin
USA
2
74
T105
Berry Henson
USA
2
74
T105
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
2
74
T105
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
2
74
T105
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
74
T105
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
T105
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
74
T105
Gavin Green
MAS
2
74
T105
Ben Leong
MAL
2
74
T105
Chapchai Nirat
THA
2
74
T105
Yuki Inamori
JPN
2
74
T105
Jbe Kruger
RSA
2
74
T105
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
2
74
T105
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
2
74
T105
Ramasamy Nachimuthu
MAS
2
74
T105
Jesse Yap
SIN
2
74
T124
Ye Htet Aung
MYA
3
75
T124
Wilson Choo
MAL
3
75
T124
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
75
T124
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
3
75
T124
Jason Norris
AUS
3
75
T124
Ben Campbell
AUS
3
75
T124
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
3
75
T124
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
3
75
T124
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
3
75
T124
Johnson Poh
SIN
3
75
T124
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
75
T124
Prayad Marksaeng
THA
3
75
T124
Steven Brown
ENG
3
75
T137
Rahil Gangjee
IND
4
76
T137
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
76
T137
Mohd Sukree Othman
MAS
4
76
T137
Arie Irawan
MAL
4
76
T141
Natipong Srithong
THA
5
77
T141
Nino Bertasio
ITA
5
77
T141
Shiv Kapur
IND
5
77
T141
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
145
Leun-Kwang Kim
MAS
6
78
T146
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
7
79
T146
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
7
79
T148
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
8
80
T148
Amir Nazrin
IND
8
80
T148
Richard T. Lee
8
80
T148
Adria Arnaus
ESP
8
80
T152
Kemarol Baharin
MAS
9
81
T152
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
9
81
T152
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
9
81
T152
Jake McLeod
AUS
9
81
RET
Todd Sinnott
AUS
Par