Feb 12th, 2017
Danny Willett falters at Maybank Open
As Fabrizio Zanotti storms to victory
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Fabrizio Zanotti finished a brilliant final round with a birdie–eagle to claim a one–shot victory at the Maybank Championship, as the Paraguayan claimed his second European Tour title. But what of Danny Willett?
Danny Willett started the day with a three–shot lead over American David Lipsky, and six–shots ahead of the eventual winner Fabrizio Zanotti.
He birdied the third and eighth, but dropped shots on the fifth and nineth to make the turn in 36. His back nine was another mixed bunch with two birdies but three bogeys to card a 73 and drop down the rankings to T5.
Meanwhile Fabrizio Zanotti was having a completely different day of it, as he shot a bogey free nine under 63 to take his first victory since he won the 2014 BMW International Open in a play off.
David Lipsky fought Zanotti all the way, but he failed to get up–and–down from a greenside bunker for a birdie at the last that would have forced a playoff.
"It was a great effort, a great day for me. I am really happy," Zanotti said after his round. He was very much a surprise winner, as he came into the tournament on the back of three missed cuts.
"Golf is like that. I have been working a lot in the pre-season with my coach, with my team and making a few changes, seeing my golf swing," he said.
"I just got here... three missed cuts in a row. I thought I will just take it easy this week. It was that way. I played very calm, played shot–by–shot all the four rounds."
"When I made the birdie on 15th, that one was a good birdie," he said. "That moment I thought 'You never know but you might have a chance'."