MARCUS Fraser took advantage of Soomin Lee’s dramatic late collapse to clinch the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia for his first win in almost six years.
Lee led by two approaching the final three holes at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur but the South Korean double-bogeyed at the 16th and 18th. That allowed Fraser to steal in and take the title with a flawless three under par 68 giving him a two-shot victory.
It is the Australian’s third European Tour triumph and his first since lifting the Ballantine’s Championship in April 2010, with the 37-year-old revealing he was spurred on to go all the way by his children.
He said: “It’s unbelievable. My kids keep saying to me every time I walk out the door, ‘dad, can you bring home a trophy?’ And I say, ‘I’ll try, I’ll try’. This time I get to take one home and they can take it to school for show and tell, which is going to be pretty cool.”
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead going into the final round of the Northern Trust Open in California. The world No.3 fired five birdies in a four-under-par 67 in his third round to join five other players on 10 under, two shots behind leader Bubba Watson.