Monday, 25 March 2019
Scott Hend and Nacho Elvira  (Getty Images)
Scott Hend and Nacho Elvira (Getty Images)

Scott Hend won the Maybank Championship by beating Nacho Elvira at the first play-off hole after a dramatic ending in Kuala Lumpur.

Elvira was disrupted by thunder and then a long weather delay on the 18th, before he drained a monster putt to force a play-off.

But the Australian prevailed on the extra hole to secure his third European Tour victory.

Here, we take a look at six notable moments from the week at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

Hend ends play-off heartache

The 45-year-old claimed his first since European Tour victory since 2016, when he lifted the True Thailand Classic.

Since then, Hend has come agonisingly close to a first success on European soil as he lost play-offs at the Omega European Masters in successive years.

But those defeats in Crans, to Alex Noren in 2016 and Matthew Fitzpatrick the following year, were put behind him as he claimed victory this week at the first extra hole.

Hend admitted a play-off was "the worst case scenario" but added: "I'm a grinder and a fighter. So is my caddie Tony. We both have the same mental attitude.

"It doesn't matter how old we are, we work hard at what we do. It just takes a bit of luck to win. Obviously I had a bit of luck on the play-off hole. If you don't have any luck you won't win. I had the luck today, unfortunately for Nacho. His time will come, he's going to win. He's a great player."

Elvira's magical putt on the 18th

That Hend even had to endure another play-off was only because of a stunning putt on the 18th from Elvira.

The Spaniard's approach was disrupted by thunder, which led to a delay of one hour and 40 minutes. When he came back he had a 30 foot putt to force a play-off - and the 32-year-old kept his cool.

Hend said: "If I was to go out there and hit that putt you would say you would hole it one in ten times. It was an amazing putt, and in the situation he holed it. All credit to Nacho, it was fantastic."

Elvira added: "It was thunder in a bad moment but the gods did give me one back with that putt. I'm happy that my game has finally showed a little bit of consistency."

Crazy golf skills help Hend

Hend got creative on the 18th on Saturday when he drilled an iron shot off the grandstand to bounce back on the green. When asked on Twitter if it was luck, he responded: " Played that way.... 121m to base of grandstand..... play a 140m shot low into the boards and see if it will bounce back.... seemed to work out ok. My caddie bounced many balls off the stand testing the bounce during practice".

Though if it had been a bit of good fortune, Hend had earned it after his experience on the pro-am on Wednesday.

He said he lost six balls, was stung by a wasp and was hit by bird droppings on two separate occasions. Some do say the latter is lucky...

Suri's hits eagle on return from injury

Julian Suri was making his first appearance on the European Tour in 2019 due to a hernia injury, and he wasted little time making his mark in Kuala Lumpur.

The American holed out his second shot on the par four tenth for a stunning eagle.

That helped Suri to a three under par first round and he bettered that by a stroke on Sunday as he secured a top 20 finish on his comeback.

History for Els

Ernie Els made history as the 28 time European Tour winner secured a 300th top ten finish.

The four time Major Champion is the first player to achieve the feat since the inception of the Official Golf World Ranking in 1986.

Els finished in a tie for seventh, five shots behind Hend and Elvira, as he produced some impressive putting at Saujana Golf and Country Club.

He said: "I'm really happy that I'm playing good golf again. That's what I want, to feel like I can have a chance playing Saturdays and Sundays and that's kind of my goal."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HEND, ScottAUS18-15
2ELVIRA, NachoESP18-15
4VEERMAN, JohannesUSA18-12
T5FISHER, OliverENG18-11
T5KIEFFER, MaximilianGER18-11

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