Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti moved to second in the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings after clinching the Maybank Championship in Malaysia with a one-shot victory over American David Lipsky in Kuala Lumpur. The 33-year-old gained 461,689 points as he edges closer to taking his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.
Zanotti, who twice qualified for the prestigious DP World Tour Championship in 2014 and 2015, played an impeccable round on Sunday, notching a nine-under-par 63 to win his second European Tour event. England’s Danny Willett let slip a three-shot lead to finish tied fifth.
Lipsky failed to birdie the last to force a play-off while Masters champion Willett was the only player in the top 29 to shoot an over-par round – one-over 73 – on the final round.
Lipsky had led by three shots with four to play but needed to birdie the last two holes after Zanotti, who started the day six off the lead, rolled in a 15-foot putt on the 18th to set the clubhouse target.
He picked up a shot on the 17th but was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-five last and had to settle for second, with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger a further shot back.
England’s James Morrison and Tommy Fleetwood were both tied 12th on nine under, with Morrison going around the Saujana Golf and Country Club course in 68.
Lipsky’s runner-up finish won him 307,790 points and moved from 24th to sixth in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Wiesberger took third place and thus gained 173,410 points, moving from 21st to ninth.
France’s Alexander Levy made a giant leap in the Race to Dubai rankings after finishing fourth in the leaderboard, moving from 128th to 24th after claiming 138,507 points.
Willett and Haoting Li of China shared fifth and in the process gained 107,204 each, with Willett moving from 40th to 19th while Li jumped 101 places to settle in 30th.
India’s Anirban Lahiri shared seventh with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera as each of them claimed 76,179 points. Lahiri moved from 94th to 36th while Lorenzo-Vera rose from 20th to 17th.
Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat surged in the Race to Dubai rankings after finishing tied-ninth, gaining 58,727 points which moved him from 119th to 48th.
France’s Gregory Havret’s 11th finish won him 50,970 points to catapult from 140th to 64th.
Morrison, Fleetwood and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee shared 12th and won 40,236 points each. Morrison moved from 73rd to 46th and Jaidee moved from 60th to 38th.
Top 10 Race to Dubai Rankings after the Maybank Championship
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