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Aphibarnrat wins golf's Malaysian Open

March 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 24 (UPI) -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat survived poor weather and a up-and-down final round on Sunday and won the Maybank Malaysian Open for his first European Tour victory.

Aphibarnrat was 1-under for the 16 holes he played Sunday and finished the tournament, shortened to 54 holes due to weather, at 13-under-par 203.

That was one stroke better than Edoardo Molinari, whose third round of 5-under 67 pulled him into second. Andres Hansen, with a final round of 66, was third at 11-under. Victor Dubuisson (70 in the third round) and Charl Schwartzel (71) tied for fourth at 10-under.

Rain caused play suspensions the first three days, leading organizers to cut the event, planned for 72 holes, to 54. Play was stopped for 2 hours Sunday because of lightning.

Aphibarnrat went birdie-bogey to open his third round before play was called Saturday when a large storm hit the region. He began play Sunday with a 3-foot birdie putt at the par-5 third hole and jumped well ahead of the field are dropping a 15-foot eagle putt at the 518-yard, par-5 fifth.

But he had a 3-putt bogey from 12 feet at the seventh and two-putted from 8 feet for bogey at 12 that cut into his lead. Aphibarnrat had a birdie at 14 but play was stopped for lightning after his first shot at 16. When he returned he stuck his approach close enough for a birdie. That allowed his lead to start up despite a final-hole bogey.

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