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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.

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