Mike Fraser wins inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia
Australian Mike Fraser won the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia event on Sunday after shooting a final round of 68 to beat South Korea’s Soomin Lee and Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena by two shots. It is the 37-year-old’s first victory on the European Tour since April 2010.
Fraser owed his latest triumph in part to a late collapse by Lee, who was two shots ahead of the pack with three holes to play at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur but proceeded to double bogey the 16th and 18th to finish in a tie for second following a disappointing 73.
“It’s unbelievable, six years since my last title,” said Fraser. “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. That’s the main reason I wanted to win.”
Fraser’s flawless final round featured three birdies and fifteen pars as he breezed to the title with a 15-under-par overall score. 21-year-old Tabuena also finished the tournament strongly after matching Fraser’s closing 68 to end the day on 13-under-par while both Jorge Campillo and Julien Quesne were a further shot back.
American Peter Uihlein held the clubhouse lead earlier in the day after firing a fantastic 66 but he eventually had to settle for a tie for ninth alongside Rahil Gangjee and Masahiro Kawamura. Former US Masters and British Open golf champion Louis Oosthuizen also registered a five-under-par round on Sunday to crash the top 15. It was not such a good weekend for recent Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Danny Willett, who carded a disappointing 75 for a 45th placed finish.