KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Australian Scott Hend beat Spanish in a single day chief Nacho Elvira with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the co-sanctioned $three million Maybank Championship after wild local weather triggered a dramatic finish on Sunday.
Hend was foremost Elvira by a single stroke with the primary pair on the final word fairway when torrential rain started falling on the Saujana Golf and Nation Membership.
The first crack of thunder acquired right here as Elvira hit his technique shot to the 18th inexperienced and, with lightning flashing spherical them, the avid gamers had been compelled off the course sooner than each could attempt a putt.
They returned after a delay of 100 minutes and Elvira nailed his birdie putt from 30 toes for a two-under-par 70 to tie the scores at 15-under 273 and stress the playoff.
Hend regarded in problem when he landed in a greenside bunker on the first playoff hole nonetheless it was his flip to have time minutes later when he landed a four-footer after his opponent’s birdie putt had stopped merely wanting the outlet.
It was a third European Tour and 10th Asian Tour title for the massive hitting 45-year-old, who spent two years on the PGA Tour from 2004.
Earlier Hend, who started the spherical three pictures behind the Spaniard, had made all the working on one different day of stifling heat inside the Malaysian capital with six birdies and a single bogey as he hit a 67 for the second day in a row.
His drives, although often prolonged, weren’t always appropriate and he wanted to scrap for a couple of of his birdies on the inexperienced, not least on the sixth and seventh holes when he drained extended putts to hitch Elvira on the excessive of the leaderboard.
An appropriate drive and an aggressive technique shot to inside six toes on the ninth earned the Queenslander one different birdie and the one lead.
He bogeyed the 10th nonetheless Elvira did too and when Hend extended his end in two pictures collectively along with his closing shot on the 13th, it regarded similar to the title was his.
Elvira, who led by two pictures coming into the final word spherical, had in no way really purchased going nonetheless a birdie on the 16th lastly put him beneath par for the day, and a shot behind Hend complete, to rearrange the late drama.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond threatened to downside when he bagged three birdies in his first seven holes nonetheless did not kick on and he accomplished third two pictures behind the leaders and a shot in entrance of fourth-placed American Johannes Veerman.
South Africa’s former world main Ernie Els accomplished in share of seventh on 10-under after a 71.
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