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Hend rallies to win Maybank in playoff

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Scott Hend of Australia closed with a 5-under 67, had to wait nearly two hours to see if it would be good enough, and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Maybank Championship on Sunday.

Hend was one shot ahead of overnight leader Nacho Elvira when the Spaniard needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff. As he was hitting his short pitch, a loud clap of thunder caused him to hit the shot some 30 feet short. The storm led to a delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes, and Elvira returned to hole the birdie putt for a 70.

The playoff at Saujana Golf & Country Club didn't last as long as the delay.

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Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 Shane Lowry €1,113,962
2 Ian Poulter €817,109
3 Richard Sterne €791,454
4 Scott Hend €641,570
5 Joost Luiten €631,152
6 Bryson DeChambeau €606,089
7 Louis Oosthuizen €604,483
8 Justin Harding €591,723
9 David Lipsky €537,923
10 Matt Wallace €496,008
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