Maybank Championship - R4

Hend wins dramatic play-off in Malaysia

March 21-24
Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
$3,000,000
Co-sanction: Asian Tour
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Scott Hend claimed his third European Tour title in dramatic fashion in Kuala Lumpur as he beat Nacho Elvira on the first play-off hole at the weather affected Maybank Championship.

Hend wins dramatic play-off in Malaysia, © Getty Images

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The 45-year-old Australian began the fourth round three shots behind overnight leader Elvira of Spain but went in front courtesy of five birdies on the front nine and remained ahead by one stroke as the final group arrived at the 18th tee.

“I had to get off to a fast start as I was three shots behind. That’s all there was to it. I was fortunate enough to turn in five under and on the back nine I shot event par. Can’t ask for much more on a Sunday when the golf course is playing quite tricky.

“I’m a grinder and a fighter. So is my caddie Tony. We both have the same mental attitude. It doesn’t matter how old we are, we work hard at what we do. Just takes a bit of luck to win. Obviously I had a bit of luck on the play-off hole. If you don’t have any luck you won’t win.”

But there was late drama as the heavens opened over Saujana Golf and Country Club, with the first clap of thunder heard as Elvira made his approach shot into the 18th green. When play was suspended at 2.50 pm local time, Elvira was left with a 30 foot putt to keep his hopes alive, and one hour and forty minutes later he coolly drained his birdie effort to join Hend on 15 under par and force a play-off.

“What a putt by Nacho. If I was to go out there and hit that putt you would say you would hole it one in ten times. The spirit we played in today was great too. He’s such a nice guy. We were both egging each other on to play well. That’s the way we want to play golf.”

Hend got a lucky break when his tee shot at the first extra hole hit the base of a tree and landed on the fairway, while Elvira’s ball went straight into a fairway bunker. The Australian hit another tree with his second shot but holed his birdie putt from three feet to clinch the title and banish memories of previous play-off defeats at the Omega European Masters in both 2016 and 2017.

The victory is Hend’s first on the European Tour since the 2016 True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang and takes him into the top ten of the 2019 Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. It’s also a tenth win on the Asian Tour, and his first since he topped the Order of Merit in 2016.

Elvira’s runner-up finish was his second in as many starts after he ended the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in a tie for second in his last outing.

“I tried to give it all on the play-off hole. I just missed my driver a little bit and gave myself a little chance to make birdie, but I’m happy.

“It was thunder in a bad moment, but the gods did give me one back with that putt. I think I played great all week, solid, consistent, I’m very happy with that. I’m happy that my game has finally showed a little bit of consistency.

“Lifting trophies is the point, that’s what we try to do every week. Hopefully it works out soon.”


Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand was another two shots back in third place after mixing five birdies with two bogeys in his closing round of 69, with American Johannes Veerman in fourth at 12 under par.

“Mostly it was good, I just struggled in the middle of the round today,” said Janewattananond. “To birdie the last hole of a tournament is always nice.

“I’m happy with the tournament overall. A top three is something special in a European Tour event. I made some good putts at the start. It’s a good result, I’m really happy with it.”

Oliver Fisher of England and Germany’s Max Kieffer were a further shot back on 11 under par, while four-time Major Champion Ernie Els secured his 300th career top ten finish after closing with a round of 71 to sit amongst a group of six players in a tie for seventh at 10 under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Scott Hend
AUS
-15
69
70
67
67
273
2
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-15
65
72
66
70
273
3
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-13
66
72
68
69
275
4
Johannes Veerman
USA
-12
72
69
69
66
276
T5
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-11
70
70
68
69
277
T5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-11
71
67
68
71
277
T7
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
74
68
71
65
278
T7
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-10
76
65
71
66
278
T7
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-10
72
72
66
68
278
T7
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
72
70
67
69
278
T7
Ernie Els
RSA
-10
68
70
69
71
278
T7
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-10
69
73
65
71
278
T13
Ross Fisher
ENG
-9
72
71
66
70
279
T13
David Lipsky
USA
-9
72
66
67
74
279
T15
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-8
69
70
73
68
280
T15
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
71
69
72
68
280
T15
Dean Burmester
RSA
-8
68
70
73
69
280
T15
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-8
68
73
69
70
280
T15
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-8
70
71
68
71
280
T20
Julian Suri
USA
-7
69
71
73
68
281
T20
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-7
70
73
70
68
281
T20
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-7
75
69
68
69
281
T20
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-7
74
69
68
70
281
T20
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
71
69
69
72
281
T25
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-6
72
71
70
69
282
T25
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-6
69
75
68
70
282
T25
Angelo Que
PHL
-6
66
77
73
66
282
T25
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-6
69
69
73
71
282
T25
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-6
71
73
74
64
282
T30
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
74
70
69
70
283
T30
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-5
71
68
74
70
283
T30
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-5
70
73
71
69
283
T30
Shaun Norris
RSA
-5
71
71
72
69
283
T30
Paul Peterson
USA
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
66
75
70
72
283
T36
Daniel James Masrin
INA
-4
69
68
76
71
284
T36
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
69
74
70
71
284
T36
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
73
69
72
70
284
T36
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
71
73
70
70
284
T36
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-4
72
70
71
71
284
T41
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
69
78
71
285
T41
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
70
71
72
72
285
T41
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-3
69
74
70
72
285
T41
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
71
68
73
73
285
T41
Zach Murray
AUS
-3
68
71
73
73
285
T41
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
-3
74
70
73
68
285
T41
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
73
71
73
68
285
T48
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-2
65
77
72
72
286
T48
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
72
71
72
71
286
T48
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
72
72
72
70
286
T48
Viraj Madappa
IND
-2
70
72
70
74
286
T48
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
71
73
73
69
286
T48
Prom Meesawat
THA
-2
68
71
72
75
286
T48
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-2
68
75
75
68
286
T55
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
73
71
72
71
287
T55
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
70
71
76
70
287
T57
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
71
71
74
72
288
T57
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
Par
73
71
73
71
288
T57
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
Par
71
73
74
70
288
T60
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
69
71
73
76
289
T60
Jarin Todd
USA
1
73
71
71
74
289
T60
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
72
71
73
73
289
T60
Scott Vincent
ZWE
1
70
72
74
73
289
T60
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
1
73
70
74
72
289
T60
Poom Saksansin
THA
1
68
74
76
71
289
T66
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
2
72
72
72
74
290
T66
Brandon Stone
RSA
2
68
74
74
74
290
T66
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
70
74
73
73
290
T66
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
70
74
78
68
290
T70
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
3
72
69
74
76
291
T70
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
69
73
74
75
291
72
David Law
SCO
4
73
71
74
74
292
73
Keith Horne
RSA
6
71
73
78
72
294
74
Micah Shin
USA
7
74
70
77
74
295
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Chapchai Nirat
THA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
1
71
74
145
CUT
Danny Chia
MAL
1
72
73
145
CUT
Danthai Boonma
THA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jesse Yap
SIN
1
74
71
145
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
73
72
145
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
1
70
75
145
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
75
70
145
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
71
75
146
CUT
Arie Irawan
MAL
2
76
70
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Prayad Marksaeng
THA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Robin Roussel
FRA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
2
70
76
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
2
72
74
146
CUT
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
74
147
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
3
73
74
147
CUT
Ben Campbell
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
70
77
147
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
73
74
147
CUT
Shariffudin Ariffin
MAS
3
71
76
147
CUT
Shinichi Mizuno
HKG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
73
74
147
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Yuki Inamori
JPN
3
74
73
147
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
4
80
68
148
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Ben Leong
MAL
4
74
74
148
CUT
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
4
73
75
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
4
74
74
148
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
4
75
73
148
CUT
Rahil Gangjee
IND
4
76
72
148
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
73
75
148
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
4
73
75
148
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Ramasamy Nachimuthu
MAS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
5
77
72
149
CUT
Kenneth De Silva
MAL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
6
73
77
150
CUT
Mohd Sukree Othman
MAS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Richard T. Lee
6
80
70
150
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Leun-Kwang Kim
MAS
7
78
73
151
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
72
79
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
7
71
80
151
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Johnson Poh
SIN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
8
77
75
152
CUT
Wilson Choo
MAL
8
75
77
152
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
75
78
153
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
74
79
153
CUT
Natipong Srithong
THA
10
77
77
154
CUT
Amir Nazrin
IND
12
80
76
156
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
12
81
75
156
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Ye Htet Aung
MYA
12
75
81
156
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
13
79
78
157
CUT
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
13
81
76
157
CUT
Kemarol Baharin
MAS
15
81
78
159
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
15
80
79
159
RET
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
Par
74
74
RET
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
Par
79
79
RET
Todd Sinnott
AUS
Par
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