Zanotti lifts Maybank Championship Malaysia title

Feb 12, 2017
Fabrizio Zanotti has time for a selfie after his stunning win at the Maybank Championship. Photo by Sky Sports
Fabrizio Zanotti has time for a selfie after his stunning win at the Maybank Championship. Photo by Sky Sports

An eagle putt on the last hole helped Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti lifted the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia title at the Saujana Golf and Country Club today.

Zanotti, who became US$500,000 (US$1 = RM4.60) richer after the feat, received the prestigious trophy from Director and Chairman of Maybank Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd.

“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,” said Zanotti.

The 2014 BMW International Open champion showed a splendid performance today as he nailed seven birdies to score a nine-under-par to end up with a four-day total of 269.

American David Lipsky had to settle for second place after dropping double bogeys at holes six and 14th to finish five-under 67in the last round and 270 overall.

“I’m really happy with this week all in all. My goal was to finish in the top three or to try and lock myself up for the WGC (World Golf Championship) in Mexico and I did that, so I’m pretty proud of the way I handled myself this week.

“There was a lot of slope and grain on these greens and late in the day they get a little bit bumpy, so it was hard for me to hold the line, all you can do is put a good stroke on it,” said Lipsky.

Second day leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria was back in form today, hitting six birdies and an eagle at hole eight which enabled him to finish in third place, one stroke behind Lipsky.

“I was two behind and Fabrizio finished like that so it was just a bit shy. I played alright today, I didn’t play great but I had a couple of hiccups again after a good start, birdieing three out of the first four.

“It was good to see a couple of putts dropping and see myself getting up on top of the leaderboard. Obviously all credit to Fabrizio, he hit two great shots at the right time,” said Wiesberger.

Meanwhile, as for Malaysians golfers, Ben Leong was the best for today when he scored six birdies but dropped points due to triple bogeys to end up with a four-day total of three-under-par 279.

“Anything under-par on this golf course is always great. It was a mixed bag. I hit some good and poor shots but didn’t end up with anything bad. I stayed within the game and it was all good.

“This is a very important result for me after coming off two missed cuts on the Asian Tour which is not great. I needed to do something for a better re-rank on the Order of Merit and I did it,” said Malaysia’s fifth-ranked golfer.

As for his compatriots, amateur Daeng Abdul Rahman finished with a four-day total of 285, Gavin Green (285), Nicholas Fung (285), Danny Chia (287) and Arie Irawan (297). –Bernama