Thomas Pieters will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Maybank Championship as he bids to end his two-and-a-half-year wait for a regular European Tour title.
Elvira has been on song since the opening round where he joint-led the standings, and the Spaniard maintained that consistency with seven birdies to reach 13-under in sweltering conditions at the Saujana Golf & Country Club.
Hend's third European Tour win - but his first in three years - could scarcely have been more dramatic, with he and Elvira forced from the course on the 72 hole by a storm followed by a one hour, 40 minute delay.
Nacho Elvira birdied the 18th to force a play-off
Defeat was crushing for overnight leader Elvira, who had been in contention throughout the tournament and was looking to land a maiden European Tour title. "If I was to go out there and hit that putt you would say you would hole it one in ten times". I was fortunate enough to turn in five under and on the back nine I shot event par.
"So is my caddie Tony [Carolan]". We both have the same mental attitude. Just takes a bit of luck to win. I tried to give it all on the play-off hole.
Hend kept his cool to find the fairway in the first extra hole, paving the way for a birdie and the win.Читайте также: Winx wins final Sydney race, star racehorse’s 32nd straight victory
"Unfortunately for Nacho, he was against the luck but his time's going to come, he's a great player and he's going to win".
Germany's Maximilian Kieffer, Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond and Hend were tied for the third spot, three strokes behind Elvira.
When play resumed, and to his credit, however, Elvira holed his putt to join Hend in the lead and when the Australian missed it was off to a playoff which Hend would win with a birdie from the greenside bunker at the par 5 18th. I like the way I've changed my season a little, let's see what tomorrow holds for us.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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Ernie Els was part of a six-man group a further shot back, giving the South African the 300th top-10 finish of his illustrious career.Код для вставки в блог