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Hend claims Maybank Championship on first playoff gap

Kuala Lumpur – Australia’s Scott Hend gained the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, edging Spain’s Nacho Elvira in a sensational playoff after tropical thunderstorms halted play for 2 hours. 

Rain hit the course within the closing spherical on the Saujana Golf and Nation Membership with the final group on the 18th inexperienced.

Hend had seemed the favorite after posting six birdies to take a single shot lead heading into the ultimate gap, however the deluge precipitated a resurgence by in a single day chief Elvira.

The Spaniard sensationally drove residence a 30 foot birdie to match Hend’s 15-under-par 273 after the restart of play.

Hend stored his cool to seek out the green within the first additional gap, paving the way in which for a birdie and the win.

“I used to be injured final yr and it has been some time since I had a win. I am simply attempting to soak all of it up and keep in mind what it seems like,” Hend, who pocketed $500,000 for his triumph, informed reporters.

“It was a incredible putt… I am a grinder and a fighter. So is my caddie Tony. We each have the identical psychological angle,” the 46-year-old added.

“It would not matter how previous we’re, we work onerous at what we do.”

Victory eased the heartache of Hend’s two European playoff losses on the Omega European Masters in 2016 and 2017.

Elvira, 32, left the event nonetheless trying to find an elusive European Tour title.

American David Lipsky, who began the day in second, faltered with three bogeys and a double bogey for a 74 to complete tied at 13th.

4-time Main winner Ernie Els additionally noticed his title cost derailed after he solely managed a 71 to complete tied at seventh.

Eire’s Padraig Harrington completed the event along with his finest spherical of the competitors, rattling off three birdies within the closing three holes for a 69 and a share of 30th place.

Ultimate spherical scores on Sunday from the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur (par 72):

(Scott Hend claims title on first playoff gap)

273 – Scott Hend (AUS) 69-70-67-67, Nacho Elvira (ESP) 65-72-66-70

275 – Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 66-72-68-69

276 – Johannes Veerman (USA) 72-69-69-66

277 – Oliver Fisher (ENG) 70-70-68-69, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 71-67-68-71

278 – Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 72-72-66-68,  Darren Fichardt (RSA) 76-65-71-66, Ernie Els (RSA) 68-70-69-71, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 72-70-67-69, Jordan Smith (ENG) 74-68-71-65, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 69-73-65-71

279 – Ross Fisher (ENG) 72-71-66-70, David Lipsky (USA) 72-66-67-74

280 – Dean Burmester (RSA) 68-70-73-69, Nicholas Fung (MAS) 68-73-69-70, Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 69-70-73-68, Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 70-71-68-71, Erik Van Rooyen (RSA) 71-69-72-68

281 – Julian Suri (USA) 69-71-73-68, Louis De Jager (RSA) 71-69-69-72, S.Chikkarangappa (IND) 75-69-68-69, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 70-73-70-68, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 74-69-68-70

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