Fabrizio eagles his way to Maybank victory
Fabrizio Zanotti soared high to just his second European Tour victory after holing a stunning eagle putt on the the final hole to win his second European Tour title at the Maybank Championship.
The proud Paraguayan created history in winning the 2014 BMW International Open and now he’s made it two wins in posting a sizzling final round 63 to win by a shot with a 19-under par tally on the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.
In fact, Zanotti completed his last 37 holes in 15-under par.
It was an exciting final round in the co-sanctioned event with three players tied for the lead mid-round but only after Masters Champion Danny Willett let slip an overnight three-shot lead.
American David Lipsky had been the leader over much of the back nine and he too birdied the 17th but could not repeat the trick on the last to set up a play-off.
A par saw Lipsky finish at 18 under, a shot ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and two clear of France’s Alexander Levy.
Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett fired a closing 73 that saw him slip to 15 under alongside China’s Li Haotong.
Fabrizio Zanotti (Credit: Asian Tour)
Zanotti arrived in Malaysia off the back of three missed cuts on the Desert Swing but made a stunning return to form to claim his first win since he triumphed in a play-off at the 2014 BMW International Open.
“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy,” he said. “It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy.”
“I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.
“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, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great.”
Australia’s Sam Brazel continued his recent run of form to lead the way for the Aussies in 12th place at 9-under.
Scott Hend was next best at T29 followed by Andrew Dodt with T41. A final round 76 saw Asian Tour rookie Todd Sinnott slump to 64th.