Fabrizio Zanotti Rides Hot Hand to Maybank Title
There was no breaking of the dry spell for Masters champion Danny Willett, who instead saw Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti race past him and the rest of the field to win the Maybank Championship, his second career title.
Zanotti eagled the 18th hole to shoot a dazzling 63, finishing 19-under par. The dramatic shot saw him hold off American David Lipsky by one stroke.
Zanotti shot a 9-under on Sunday with Lipsky at 5-under and Bernd Wiesberger third at 6-under to finish 17-under.
Willett wound up shooting a 1-over 73 and dropped into a tie for fourth.
Zanotti started the day in ninth place, shooting 70-69-67 over his first three rounds, but entering Sunday 6-under over his prior 19 holes.
He got hot three holes in with birdies on 3, 5, 6 and 8. After a string of pars, he birdied 13, 15, and 17 before his fantastic eagle 3 on the 520-yard, par-5 No. 18 to grasp the title. His 10-foot eagle putt looked for a split second like it would lip out, but then dropped into the cup.
“It was probably the best round of my career,” Zanotti said. “It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy.
“It was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.
“To shoot nine under on the last day to win a golf tournament is incredible. I have been working a lot with my coach and with my team and I’ve been making some changes.
“This is because of all that hard work. I missed the last three cuts but I was hitting the ball well and was not unhappy. This week I just came here and tried to take it easy.”