SOUTH AMERICAN SUCCESS
Paraguay is not often referred to as the location of the world’s top golfers but 33-year old Fabrizio Zanotti is on a mission to change that view. His stunning nine-under par final round of 63 saw him take his second European Tour title with a one-shot victory in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia.
Zanotti began the final day six shots off the lead but a flawless round saw him move ahead of the field for the first time with a birdie on the 17th followed by a magnificent eagle on the 72nd hole to give him victory over America’s David Lipsky.
“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy,” Zanotti said clutching the trophy (above). “It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy. I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.”
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Zanotti’s previous win came at the 2014 BMW International Open where he survived a four-man playoff for his inaugural Tour victory. “It feels really good to be a winner again. I’ve been working a lot and I was not in my best run of form, missing three cuts in a row, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great.”
Zipsky had a chance to tie with a birdie at the par-5 18th but found the greenside bunker with his approach and was unable to get up and down to force a playoff. 54 hole leader and defending Masters champion Danny Willett had a three-shot lead overnight but was the only one of the top 28 players to record an over-par round on the final day and his 73 saw him slip back into a tie for 5th.
Austrian Bernd Weisberger had his fourth Top-4 finish in his last six events and currently sits inside the World Top 40. The 31-year old has three European Tour titles to his credit and has finished in the Top 10 in the past two season’s European Tour rankings. Just like Tyrrell Hatton who we featured last week, Weisberger is another player who will be looking to make an impact at the new World Golf Championship event in Mexico City next month.
DID YOU KNOW
2016 Masters champion Danny Willett will often use phrases such as “we made a birdie” or “we will play better tomorrow” when being interviewed. That is because he is always quick to give credit to his caddie Jonathan Smart as they truly are a team. This was seen when they won the team event at the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with Smart swapping the bag for his clubs to partner his employer to a memorable success.
The inaugural World Super 6 event in Perth, Australia featuring a new final day shootout between the Top 24 players. A full preview of this event will appear later in the week.