"That's dangerous!" - Players hit out over Malaysian Open finish

Nacho Elvira

Pablo Larrazabal has strongly criticised tournament officials after a controversial conclusion to the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Larrazabal’s compatriot Nacho Elvira was denied a maiden European Tour victory by Australia’s Scott Hend, who beat him on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

However, that was almost overshadowed by an incident that happened at the end of regulation play.

Trailing Hend by a shot as the pair arrived at the 72nd hole, Elvira was on the downswing of his approach when a loud clap of thunder distracted him. He ultimately caught his shot heavy and was left with a tricky 30-foot putt to catch Hend.

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At that point, play was suspended. When it resumed one hour and forty minutes later, Elvira nervelessly dispatched his putt to force the tournament into extra holes.

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The 32-year-old later dismissed the thunder as a stroke of bad luck. However, his fellow Spaniard Larrazabal was unhappy that play hadn’t been postponed sooner.

He tweeted:

Ladies European Tour pro Sophie Walker was also watching and was equally impressed.

Malaysian Open finale - your thoughts

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