The Maybank Malaysian Open Champion is Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a 23 year-old from Thailand.
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Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Malaysian Maybank Open, at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, by just one shot from Italian Edoardo Molinari. Kiradech finally finished his third round of the weather troubled tournament with a -2 under par round of 70, and a 54 hole total of -13 under par.
Edoardo had finished his round earlier, posting a club house lead of -12 under par. He then had to sit and watch Kiradech catch and the pass his total, although the result was not really finalized until the last hole, which Kiradech bogied.
Kiradech was very happy with his first European Tour win;
“This means a lot to me, I have to thank my family: my Mum and my Dad for all their support.”
Edoardo, who made his first cut since returning from a wrist injury, was pleased with his final round of -5 under par, 67;
“It’s mixed emotions because I’m very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time, The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer. I’m disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing. I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind.”
Anders Hansen, of Denmark, finished third after one of the days best rounds of 66. South African Charl Schwartzel and France’s Victor Dubuisson finished a shot further back at -10 under par in fourth spot.
A surging Padraig Harrington, he went through the turn in 31 strokes, then managed to drop three shots on the back nine and slipped back into a tie for sixth place.