Australian Scott Hend has held on for a remarkable playoff victory at the European Tour’s Maybank Challenge in Malaysia.
The final few holes of the Maybank Challenge took over three hours thanks to a thunderstorm delaying play that eventually saw Scott Hend prevail in a sudden-death playoff.
Hend trailed overnight leader Elviro Nacho by three strokes before the dramatic final round began but after a sensational 5-under par 67 that included six birdies, he took the clubhouse lead at 15-under par.
But there was plenty of drama to come.
Elvira arrived at the par-5 18th needing a birdie to force a playoff. As Elvira hit his third shot to the green a huge thunderclap interrupted his backswing and his ball finished on the green a good 25-feet from the hole.
Play was suspended for over an hour an a half but when play resumed Elvira went back out on to the green and drained the putt for birdie.
Hend got a lucky break off a tree with his drive on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th hole. And once again caught a tree with his second shot finding the greenside bunker.
But with Elvira finding the fairway bunkers, Hend’s bunker shot to three feet was superb and resulting birdie was enough to hoist the trophy.
The victory was Scott Hend’s third European Tour victory, with all three coming in Asia. It was also his tenth win on the Asian Tour, taking home a €438,905 winners cheque.