Marcus Fraser’s 10-foot putt on the 17th, combined with Soomin Lee’s double bogey were the catalysts for the Australian’s victory at the Maybank Championship Malaysia on Sunday at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
Fraser was easily the most consistent golfer over the four rounds, one of only two to shoot under 70 in all four rounds as he fired a 66-69-66-68 – 269.
Lee was 15-under through 54 holes and 16-under through the 13th on Sunday before bottoming out with double bogeys on 15 and 17.
Fraser won for the first time in six years, having last won Ballatine’s Championship in 2010. Prior to that, he won the 2003 BMW Russian Open. Fraser had just two bogeys on the entire weekend, both coming on Friday.
The Philippines’ Miguel Talbuena surged into a second-place tie with Lee by matching Fraser with a final-round 68. Talbuena was up and down in the final round, with three bogeys and six birdies.
Seven players finished within five strokes of the lead. Day 1 leader Nathan Holman of Australia, who fired a 64 and a 65 on the first two days, staggered down the stretch with a 73 on Saturday and a 72 on Sunday. It was a bizarre end of Holman, who birdied four out of five holes to reach 1-under on Saturday only to triple-bogey No. 18. The bad luck continued on Sunday as Holman struggled with four bogeys between No. 6 and No. 14, shooting 1-over on the day.