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Ex-champion Fraser, Elvira take lead in Malaysia

Australian Marcus Fraser and Spaniard Nacho Elvira fired matching 65s in hot and humid conditions yesterday to share the lead on the opening day of the Maybank Championship.

The pair hold a one-shot advantage over the trio of Jazz Janewattananond, Angelo Que and Matthias Schwab at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. Big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters was lurking two strokes behind on 67, while four-time Major winner Ernie Els finished the day on 68. Former champion Fraser, who clinched the inaugural edition in 2016, fired eight birdies, including an amazing 20-foot putt at the par-3 seventh hole, to share the lead. Elvira kept pace with Fraser thanks to a good start which included four birdies in his first eight holes. Defending champion Shubhankar Sharma of India finished tied-41st after only managing a 1-under 71. Irishman Padraig Harrington, making a first appearance this year after his nomination as new Ryder Cup captain, finished tied-26th with a 70. The US$3-million event is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.


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