Fabrizio Zanotti overcomes 6-shot deficit to win Maybank Championship

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Fabrizio Zanotti overcomes 6-shot deficit to win Maybank Championship

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Fabrizio Zanotti overcomes 6-shot deficit to win Maybank Championship

Fabrizio Zanotti saved his best until last in the Maybank Championship to earn his second European Tour win. The Paraguayan began the final round six shots off the lead, but returned a 9-under 63 to take the title.

Masters champion Danny Willett began the final round with a three-shot lead but returned his worst score of the week, a 1-over 73 after rounds of 66, 67 and 67. He dropped to fifth place.

Zanotti birdied the 17th to go to the top of the leaderboard for the first time all week. He capped off his round with an eagle on the par-5 18th to post a 19-under 269. It was good enough for a one-shot victory over American David Lipsky.

“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy,” Zanotti said. “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.

“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.”

It’s the 33-year-old’s first win since the 2014 BMW International Open. The win came completely out of the blue. Zanotti missed the cut in all three events of the Tour’s Desert Swing. He recorded two top 10s last year and finished 66th on the money list, and last contended for a title when he finished second in the 2015 British Masters.

Zanotti’s $491,000 first place check moves him to second on the European money list behind Tommy Fleetwood.

Lipsky was chasing his second European Tour win since the 2014 Omega European Masters. The former Northwestern star has made a good start to the 2016-17 season. He finished sixth in the UBS Hong Kong Open and made the cut in all three Desert Swing events. His runner-up finish earns him a spot in the WGC–Mexico Championship

“I’m really happy with this week all in all,” Lipsky said. “My goal was to finish top three or so to try and lock myself up for the WGC in Mexico and I did that so I’m pretty proud of the way I handled myself this week.”

Willett was the highest ranked player in the field at World No. 15. He was looking for his sixth European Tour win.

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