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Short-game masterclass too much for field in the inaugural Maybank Championship

Marcus Fraser gave a short-game masterclass as he carded a closing 68 to win the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia in a dramatic finish at Royal Selangor Golf Club.

The Australian was two shots behind Soomin Lee as he stood on the 16th tee but a double-bogey from the South Korean coupled with a nearly-holed chip opened the door for Fraser to win a third European Tour title.

A clutch ten-foot putt on the 17th kept the 37 year old in a share of the lead at 15 under going up the last and when Lee double-bogeyed again, a par was enough to make Fraser the first ever winner of the Maybank Championship Malaysia Tiger Trophy.

That closing double-bogey dropped Lee into a share of second with Miguel Tabuena at 13 under, a shot clear of Jorge Campillo and Julien Quesne.

Fraser had a seven-year gap between his first win at the 2003 BMW Russian Open and his second at the Ballantine’s Championship, and returns to the winner’s circle once again five years and 302 days after that victory in South Korea.

“In the back of my head I felt like I had a chance,” he said. “He’s quite young and it’s a big thing to be leading a European Tour event with three or four holes to go.

“So I just tried to keep reminding myself to breathe and to play my own game and see what I could do.

“The last two putts were pretty unbelievable. I was pretty nervous on 17 and I don’t know how I held onto the putter, just trying to stand over that one on the last, I was pretty nervous.

I made contact, it started somewhere near where it was supposed to and went in the hole. I’m gobsmacked at the moment, it feels great”

He added: “I got to the Middle East and I think it was the three worst weeks of golf I’ve played in my career.

“I had some good practice when I went home, went back to absolute basics and tried to sort things out from the start and everything just fell into place as the week went on.

“A lot of putts found their way into the hole over the weekend and it was definitely my week.”

Lee came into Sunday with a three-shot advantage over Fraser and the final day developed into a straight shootout between the leading duo.



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