Australian Marcus Fraser curled home a clutch 18-foot par putt on the last green to lift the inaugural US$3 million Maybank Championship Malaysia by two shots on Sunday at the expense of a heartbroken Soomin Lee of Korea.
Fraser trailed overnight leader Lee throughout the final round at the Royal Selangor Golf Club before taking full advantage of his young rival’s late collapse to claim a third European Tour victory in the event co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.
The 37-year-old Aussie, who also ended a frustrating six-year title drought, signed off with a three-under-par 68 for a 15-under-par 279 winning total, earning him a champion’s cheque of US$500,000.
Lee, 24, led by three at the start of the day and looked very much in control until a double bogey on 16 following an errant drive allowed Fraser to draw level. Tied heading into the final hole, the Korean missed his long par attempt on the last green before watching Fraser drain his putt.
Lee then failed to convert his return putt for an eventual six and a closing 73 which left him tied for second place with Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who closed with a 68.
“Unbelievable,” said Fraser, who also shot to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit after taking up membership at the start of the week.
“Six years since the last one … My kids keep saying every time I walk out the door ‘hey dad, can you bring home a trophy? And I’ll say I’ll try, I’ll try and this time I’ll take one home and I’ll get them to take it to school for show and tell. It’s going to be pretty cool. That’s the main reason why I wanted to win.”
“On the last, I don’t know how I got that one to go in. I was very nervous and looking down on the putt, I could see my putter shaking. But I just said to myself that this is one opportunity for me to win and I took a few deep breaths and holed the putt. That’s a pretty special feeling, that’s for sure. It’s nice. Words just can’t describe the way I feel.”
Scores after round 4 of the Maybank Championship Malaysia being played at the par 71, 7,079 Yards Royal Selangor GC course (am – denotes amateur):
269 – Marcus FRASER (AUS) 66-69-66-68.
271 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 66-68-69-68, Soomin LEE (KOR) 66-68-64-73.
272 – Julien QUESNE (FRA) 70-69-65-68, Jorge CAMPILLO (ESP) 65-69-69-69.
273 – Richard BLAND (ENG) 66-65-73-69, Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 70-69-65-69.
274 – Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 64-65-73-72.
275 – Peter UIHLEIN (USA) 65-75-69-66, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 68-72-67-68, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 66-70-67-72.
276 – Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 67-70-73-66, Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 71-68-68-69, Mikko ILONEN (FIN) 71-69-64-72.
277 – Kristoffer BROBERG (SWE) 69-72-68-68, Robert ROCK (ENG) 68-70-71-68, Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 65-74-71-67, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 70-69-70-68, Joost LUITEN (NED) 72-67-70-68, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 66-72-70-69, James MORRISON (ENG) 68-71-69-69, Romain WATTEL (FRA) 68-70-67-72, Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 68-70-66-73.