Scott Hend wins Maybank Championship in playoff

Australia's Scott Hend holds the trophy after winning the Malaysia Maybank Golf Championship in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur - Australia's Scott Hend won the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, edging Spain's Nacho Elvira in a sensational playoff after tropical thunderstorms halted play for two hours.

Hend looked in trouble when he landed in a greenside bunker on the first play-off hole but it was his turn to celebrate minutes later when he landed a four-footer after his opponent's birdie putt had stopped just short of the hole.

"It would be great to start here [winning on the European Tour], but I really don't think about it too much".

The first crack of thunder came as Elvira hit his approach shot to the 18th green and, with lightning flashing around them, the players were forced off the course before either could attempt a putt.

Hend, who carded back-to-back rounds of 67 over the weekend, said: "What a putt by Nacho, unbelievable". It was an fantastic putt, and in the situation he holed it. "If I can shoot the same as I did today or yesterday I'll be pretty happy".

American David Lipsky was alone in second place on 11 under par, one shot clear of Maximilian Kieffer, Jazz Janewattananond and Scott Hend. "It didn't feel like a good day to me, I made the best of what I had", he said. His time will come.

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Other than a top ten in Dubai two months ago, Herbert has been unable to find the form that saw him just a feature of so many events throughout his 2018 season and has missed three of his last four cuts, but he is well placed to contend over the final 36 holes.

"It was a bit of bad luck. I gave myself a lot of chances but I couldn't seem to get the ball in the hole".

"I'm very happy with a 66".

Elvira had been in contention after he joint-led with Marcus Fraser on Thursday.

Thomas Pieters, who had a one-shot lead after the second round on Friday, surrendered his advantage with a poor showing on the back nine where he had three double bogeys to finish six-over par.

Four-time major victor Ernie Els meanwhile, ended the round with a 1-under 71 to finish joint seventh.

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