Last Updated: 24/03/13 11:25am
Edoardo Molinari: Highest European Tour finish since September 2010
Edoardo Molinari admitted having 'mixed emotions' after finishing second at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
The Italian teed off on Thursday without a top-10 finish in more than 11 months and on the back of six straight missed cuts.
But rounds of 66-71-67 in the rain-affected tournament meant he enjoyed his best result on the European Tour since September 2010, as he ended the 54-hole event one stroke behind winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Much of Molinari's recent problems on the fairways have been caused by a nagging wrist injury, along with a number of changes to his technique.
"The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer."
On Sunday in Malaysia he kept a bogey off his card but was unable to catch the champion from Thailand who could even afford a double-bogey six on the final hole in his 70.
And the 32-year-old from Turin admitted: "It's mixed emotions because I'm very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time.
"The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer.
"I'm disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing.
"I felt if I could birdie the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind."
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat claiming his maiden European Tour title at the weather-hit Maybank Malaysian Open.
The Maybank Malaysian Open has been reduced to 54 holes after further weather delays hampered play on Saturday.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat is still out in front after day two in Malaysia, but Charl Schwartzel moved right into contention.