European Tour

Zanotti wins Maybank Championship in Malaysia

2017-02-12 12:01
Fabrizio Zanotti (AFP)

Kuala Lumpur - Fabrizio Zanotti played an impeccable round Sunday, notching a nine-under-par 63 to clinch the Maybank Championship Malaysia with a one-shot victory over American David Lipsky in Kuala Lumpur.

The Paraguayan -- tied ninth after 54 holes on Saturday -- captured his first European Tour title since 2014 after firing home seven birdies. He topped off his success with an eagle on the 18th hole to finish 19-under overall.

"I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I'm very happy. It was a really good day, a really good week and I'm really happy," said the world number 187.

"I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made a birdie there. I thought, maybe I'll have a chance If I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and eagle so it was great."

Overnight leader Danny Willett could not hold his lead, after scoring five bogeys to end the day one-over 73. He came in tied fifth with China's Haotong Li.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who had gone on an 11 birdie binge on Friday, finished third, followed by France's Alexander Levy in fourth.

Earlier in the day, Willett was battling in a three-way tie at the top with Levy and Lipsky.

Lipsky buried a birdie in the 12th hole to take the lead, but could not maintain that momentum over the line, despite two further birdies.

When the American made par on the final hole, Zanotti clasped his head to celebrate his first win since the 2014 BMW International Open.

"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," said Zanotti.

Leading final-round scores from the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the par-72 Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday:

269 - Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 70-69-67-63

270 - David Lipsky (USA) 68-67-68-67

271 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 69-63-73-66

272 - Alexander Levy (FRA) 69-68-67-68

273 - Haotong Li (CHN) 71-69-68-65, Danny Willett (ENG) 66-67-67-73

274 - Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-68-69-68, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 70-65-70-69

276 - Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 68-68-71-69, Panuphol Pittayarat (THA) 70-69-66-71

277 - Gregory Havret (FRA) 69-70-66-72

279 - James Morrison (ENG) 70-67-74-68, Sam Brazel (AUS) 66-71-73-69, Ben Leong (MAS) 70-71-69-69, Rashid Khan (IND) 72-68-70-69, Shiv Kapur (IND) 70-67-72-70, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 72-68-69-70, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 71-68-69-71, Johannes Veerman (USA) 73-68-67-71

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