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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Thai teen can throw down the gauntlet to Frittelli on final day

Hideto Tanihara also lurking dangerously

Dylan Frittelli (left) after winning the Lyoness Open
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Sky Sports Golf, 2.30am Sunday

Story so far
The Maybank Championship leaderboard is remarkably congested after three rounds, with 33 players within five shots of the summit, and middle-of-the-night Sky Sports viewers should be in for a dazzling denouement.

In-form South African Dylan Frittelli, a 25-1 chance on tournament-eve, is tied atop the board with Spanish maiden Jorge Campillo at 15 under par, with ante-post rags Khalin Joshi (500-1) and Berry Henson (250-1) sharing third place, a shot behind.

Frittelli, a two-time European Tour champion who won the Mauritius Open at the start of December, is 3-1 favourite with 18 holes to go at Saujana Country Club.

Henrik Stenson, Alexander Levy, Bernd Wiesberger and Haotong Li were the ante-post market leaders, but Stenson shares 63rd place and Levy is 52nd, while Wiesberger and Li both missed the halfway cut.

Leaderboard
-15 Dylan Frittelli, Jorge Campillo
-14 Khalin Joshi, Berry Henson
-13 Nino Bertasio, Marc Warren, Phachara Khongwatmai, Ryo Ishikawa, Hideto Tanihara, Prayad Marksaeng
-12 Ryan Fox, Pablo Larrazabal, Lee Westwood, Paul Peterson, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Benjamin Hebert, Shiv Kapur, Yusaku Miyazato
-11 Yuta Ikeda, Thongchai Jaidee, Romain Wattel, Thomas Bjorn, Shubhankar Sharma, Thomas Detry, Gaganjeet Bhullar
-10 David Lipsky, Chris Paisley, Joost Luiten, Gavin Green, Scott Jamieson, Max Kieffer, Andrew Johnston, Arjun Atwal

Best prices
3 D Frittelli, 13-2 J Campillo, 16 B Henson, 18 H Tanihara, 20 M Warren, N Bertasio, 22 P Khongwatmai, K Joshi, 25 R Ishikawa, 28 L Westwood, P Peterson, P Marksaeng, 33 R Fox, M Lorenzo-Vera, 40 P Larrazabal, Y Miyazato, 50 S Kapur, B Hebert, 66 S Sharma, 80 Y Ikeda, C Paisley, 125 J Luiten, R Wattel, G Bhullar, 150 G Green, 200 bar

Final-day advice
Dylan Frittelli has never carried more self-belief, winning twice on the European Tour last season and breaking into the top 50 of the world rankings with sixth place in the Dubai Desert Classic last Sunday.

The increasingly impressive Frittelli is clearly the most likely winner of the Maybank, but it is no surprise to see one layer prepared to offer 3-1 given the sheer quantity of numbers in the chasing pack. A few holes without carding a birdie and the leaders could get swamped, so vast is the army of pursuers.

Despite there being only one round to go, there are still some extremely juicy prices chalked up next to serious title contenders, and the advice is to take two of them.

It has been a frustrating event for Racing Post Sport followers, with Shubkankar Sharma, Joost Luiten and Gavin Green just off the pace, and this talented trio could still force a return with final-round fireworks. Anyone from ten under par upwards will still have title aspirations.

They have probably given Frittelli too much of a start, though, and it is worth taking the 22-1 and 18-1 respectively about two players who are breathing down the neck of the South African. Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara are well in the hunt.

Khongwatmai won the 2015 Rahman Putra Championship in Kuala Lumpur on the Asian Development Tour and is extremely comfortable in this part of the world. The cocksure Thai teen was 20th in this event last year and has shown his liking for the layout again this week.

Only a rampant Justin Rose was too good for Khongwatmai in the Indonesian Masters just before Christmas and this prodigy is clearly going places fast. With a bit more luck on the greens in round three, Khongwatmai would have been clear at the top of the board. The starlet is swinging with confidence and looks a huge threat from only two shots behind.

Tanihara took his game to a new level last season, finishing fourth in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, then third in the BMW PGA Championship. The 39-year-old, a 14-times champion on the Japan Tour, has got plenty of bottle and putts with confidence. The Japanese jester will fancy his chances from two shots behind.

Jorge Campillo is a maiden who has been unconvincing under final-round pressure, while Khalin Joshi and Berry Henson were priced dimissively ante-post for good reason. If Frittelli wobbles, Khongwatmai and Tanihara seem the most likely to take advantage, with Sharma, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Thomas Detry, Chris Paisley, Luiten and Green all capable of putting an early clubhouse lead on the board on a sunny day with no wind.

Frittelli looks a better bet for his final-round threeball than he does for outright victory, while local boy Green can be fancied to finish with a flourish and outscore his playing partners (Max Kieffer and Scott Jamieson) in the process.

Outright recommendations
P Khongwatmai
1pt each-way 22-1 bet365

H Tanihara
1pt each-way 18-1 bet365

Threeballs recommendations
D Frittelli
1pt 23-20 Betfred

G Green
1pt 6-4 Betfred


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