Maybank Championship Malaysia. Marcus Fraser Wins

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Marcus Fraser wins the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia.

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Marcus shot a final round -3 under par 68 to win the inaugural  Maybank Championship Malaysia, with a -15 under par total.

A two-stroke winning margin makes it sound an  easy victory, but there was drama a plenty as Soomin Lee was in control of the tournament, until he made double bogey on 16 and 18, handing Marcus the title. This is his third European Tour International Schedule victory, and he also becomes the first Australian to win a European Tour event in Malaysia.

Tied in second place at -13 under par were Soomin Lee and Miguel Tabuena. 

Soomin sadly carded a last round +2 over par 73, and Miguel had -3 under 68.

Sharing fourth spot were Jorge Campillo and Julien Quesne, both at -12 under par for the tournament.

 

 

Maybank Championship Malaysia, Aussie Nathan Still Top.

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Aussie Nathan Holman stays on top of the Maybank Championship Malaysia leaderboard after 36 holes at Royal Selangor Golf Club, in Malaysia.

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Nathan carded -6 under par 65 in the Maybank Championship Malaysia, and stays on top of the leaderboard at -13 under par, in his quest to get into the world top 100.

Nathan spoke of his aims, and also said his putting was very good;

“After winning at home my next aim was to win a tournament overseas, so it’s great to have the chance to tick that one off the list so soon.”

“Then looking further ahead, getting into the top 100 in the World Ranking is a realistic aim.”

“It’s why we play the game, to get ourselves in front and in with a chance of winning big tournaments.”

“When I saw I was three or four shots clear after the turn there were a few nerves, but I handled myself really well and managed to pick up a couple of birdies coming in.”

Richard Bland is two shots back at -11 under par, he carded a bogey free -6 under 65 today, and was very pleased with his play over the two days;

“Very pleased, obviously. To go round here without dropping a shot in two days takes some doing. Hopefully I can continue the run going over the weekend.”

“I’ve struck my irons as well as I have for some time.”

“I also picked up a new TaylorMade driver in Dubai, and it’s added 15 yards to my drives.”

“When you’ve got a shorter club in your hand, you can try to be a bit more aggressive.”

“Nathan’s obviously playing well, I played with him at the Dunhill and he’s a very impressive player.”

“And Danny’s also flying at the weekend, so I’m going to have to keep making birdies just to keep up.”

Danny Willett, Jorge Campillo, Soomin Lee and Miguel Tabuena share third place at -8 under par, five shots behind the leader.

Danny is suffering from fatigue, and struggled round today carding -2 under 69;

“I’m struggling a bit with my body.”

“My energy levels collapsed on the back nine, and I started making a few silly mistakes.”

“But the flags were also quite tricky today and the wind’s picking up a bit, so I can’t see the scoring being too ridiculous.”

“And I would’ve taken eight under after two rounds.”

Maybank Championship Malaysia. Nathan Holman Leads.

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Nathan Holman Leads the Maybank Championship after the first round at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia.

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  Australian  AUS Nathan shot an opening round -7 under par 64 to lead the Maybank Championship Malaysia by one shot on day one. He likes the Royal Selangor Golf Club course and said he had played very well, especially with his wedges and putter;

“I just played really well to be honest.”

“Every part of my game was quite good and I was saying a few weeks ago that my game has been trending in that right direction so it was nice to get a really good one in.”

“A lot of the guys probably haven’t played here. It’s quite a tricky golf course and quite short so you need good lines off the tee and if you can get your wedges and putter going, you can post a score.”

“It suits my eye. I like the look of it and obviously that’s shown through with the score I had today so I’m looking forward to playing the next three days.”

There are six players keeping the pressure on at -6 under par, they are the English pair ENG of Danny Willett and  Tommy Fleetwood, American USA Peter Uihlein,                        FRA Frenchman Alexander Levy, ESP Spaniard Jorge Campillo and PHI Filipino Angelo Que.

EURASIA CUP. Team Europe Win.

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Darren Clarke’s Team Europe sealed the EurAsia Cup win with eight of Sunday’s singles matches still out on course. Danny Willett clinching the victory with his singles win over Byeong Hun An at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Darren who will also captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, says the experience gained here should stand him in good stead for the upcoming Ryder tussle;

“There have been a lot of positives this week. I’ve learnt a few things, and hopefully I’ll do a better job come September.” 

“But if the players don’t play and don’t perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you’re not going to win.”

“This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.”

The final score was 18½-5½, which was a bit of a surprise as the first tournament two years ago ended in a draw.

Lee Westwood spoke of the importance of this win to the younger players in the Team;

“I think everybody has played well this week and obviously contributed. That’s why the scoreline has ended up as it is.”

“I hit the ball pretty well this week and obviously won three points, so it’s nice to contribute.”

“There’s young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year.”

“This is going to be a great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually. And I’m sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives to come out.”

Ian POULTER 4&3 Danny CHIA         Danny WILLETT 3&1 Byeong Hun AN

Andy SULLIVAN 4&3 Thongchai JAIDEE      Matthew FITZPATRICK 2 Up Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
Anirban LAHIRI 2&1 Shane LOWRY        K.T. KIM 3&2  Bernd WIESBERGER
Lee WESTWOOD 7&6 Nicholas FUNG   Ross FISHER Match Halved Jeunghun WANG

Chris WOOD 1 Hole S.S.P CHAWRASIA   Kristoffer BROBERG 5&4 Shingo KATAYAMA

Victor DUBUISSON 1 Up Ashun WU    Søren KJELDSEN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG

I guess you can only feel sorry for the Team Asia captain Jeev Milka Singh, he must be wondering what hit him.

 

 

EurAsia Cup. Europe in Command on Day 2.

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Team Europe are firmly in command of the EurAsia Cup tournament on day 2 of competition, leading 9-3 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Ian Poulter and Danny Willett took on the best Asian pairing today and won their match, beating Byeong  Hun An and Thongchai Jaidee;

Poults spoke afterwards about the contest;

“It’s probably their strongest pairing. They played nicely yesterday.”

“We hit good golf shots. We played the right side of pins. We made no mistakes, no bogeys, and we backed each other up at the right time.”

Danny agreed with that assessment;

“I think me and Poults between us only missed a couple of shots.”

“Like you say, when we were out there, when one of us hit a bad one, the other one backed him up and hit it close on a chip.”

“We didn’t really make any mistakes and made a good few birdies for foursomes.”
Ian POULTER & Danny WILLETT 3&2 Byeong Hun An & Thongchai JAIDEE

Bernd WIESBERGER & Ross FISHER 2 Up K.T. KIM & Jeunghun WANG

Kristoffer BROBERG & Chris WOOD 2 Up S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG & Shingo KATAYAMA

Søren KJELDSEN & Victor DUBUISSON Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG
Lee WESTWOODMatthew FITZPATRICK 5&4 Anirban LAHIRI & Ashun WU

EurAsia Cup. Europe Lead 1st Round

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Europe take on Asia in the EurAsia Cup, a matchplay event being played at Glenmarie Gold & Country Club in Malaysia. 1st round scores have put Europe firmly in front, winning all but one match, and that was halved.
Team Europe captain Darren Clarke was very proud of the team performance today;
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“Proud of our team today, they all gave their best! Good start 4.5-1.5 but a long way to go yet.” @EurAsiaCupGolf @EuropeanTour

“I know them well and I like to think I know what makes them tick. I asked all my guys to give me three players they wanted to play with.”

“But as always with Europe a player will play with who the Captain thinks they should be playing with.”

“If I have an idea of who each guy will play with, and that’s backed up by the stats then that’s quite good I reckon.”

Ian POULTER & Bernd WIESBERGER 4&3 Anirban LAHIRI & Jeunghun WANG

Danny WILLETT & Matthew FITZPATRICK 3&1 Byeong Hun AN & Thongchai JAIDEE
Victor DUBUISSON & Søren KJELDSEN Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG

Ross FISHERKristoffer BROBERG 6&4 Prayad MARKSAENG & K.T. KIM

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 2&1 Shingo KATAYAMA & Ashun WU

Lee WESTWOOD & Chris WOOD 2&1 S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT

CIMB Classic. Justin Picks Up His Maiden Win.

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Justin Thomas picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Justin carded a final round -6 under par 66 to win the CIMB Classic by one shot with a -26 under par total. That  26 strokes under score of 262 is a tournament scoring record.

Justin spoke about the double he carded on the par four 14th, but rallied with birdies on 15, 16 and 17;

“The thing I told myself is that I really didn’t do it because I was nervous.”

 “I felt like I’ve been struggling off those downhill lies and that’s what I’ve been doing, I have been chunking. Unfortunately, I had a big body of water in front of the green.”

“But I just kept telling myself I controlled the tournament before that shot, so I just need to get back in it.”

“I had four more holes to try to make some more birdies and was fortunate enough to do it.”

“It’s a lot harder when you run 20-footers about 5 feet past the hole.”

“Obviously the Masters is a great goal that I’ve had my whole career, too.”

 “But the thing is that I could play my way into the Masters with good play before April, and I only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”

Adam Scott returned to form, finishing in second place at -25 under par for the tournament. A last round -9 under par lifting him up the leaderboard, using the claw grip on a conventional length putter. The anchoring ban is looming on the horizon, and this is the first time Adam has used the claw in a PGA Tour tournament;

“These are important events to start the next year’s PGA TOUR season.”

“Next week is the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions). I would love to get into contention there and try and win.”

“I would like to have a win before the end of the season. So this is a step in the right direction.”

Brendan Steele and Kevin Na finished tied third, both on -24 under par.

Kevin came close here again, and will be back to get that elusive win;

“I’ve got a two and a three, so one is next.”

“But you’ve got to take the positive.”

“I’m playing the best golf of my life. I’ve got another shot at the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions) next week.”