Chawra­sia re­tains In­dian Open crown

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI: SSP Chawra­sia clinched his fourth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle yes­ter­day when he won the In­dian Open for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year with a seven-shot vic­tory over Malaysia’s Gavin Green.

Chawra­sia, who be­came the first In­dian to de­fend a Euro­pean Tour ti­tle, started the day tied in first, but had opened up a twoshot lead by the time he com­pleted his weather-de­layed third round yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He struck his first birdie of the fi­nal round on the fourth hole, but bo­geyed the sixth and the sev­enth be­fore re­cov­er­ing with two more birdies be­fore the turn.

A birdie on the 13th was cancelled out by a bo­gey on the fi­nal hole as he fin­ished with a one­un­der 71 and a 10-un­der to­tal of 278 for the tour­na­ment.

“I’m win­ning back-to-back so I’m re­ally very happy,” the 38year-old, who won the 2008 In­dian Mas­ters and the Pana­sonic Open In­dia on the Asian Tour at the Delhi Golf Club in 2014, told re­porters.

“This is a very tough course so I’m just try­ing to play straight and to the right place. I played very con­sis­tently this week.”

Chawra­sia has an ex­cel­lent record at the event, which is co­sanc­tioned with the Asian Tour, fin­ish­ing sec­ond four times be­fore beat­ing com­pa­triot Anir­ban Lahiri to lift the ti­tle for the first time last year.

De­lays caused by light­ning on the first two days meant Chawra­sia had to com­plete seven holes of his third round yes­ter­day morn­ing, but he made gains on the 13th, 14th and 15th to start his fi­nal round on nine-un­der, two shots ahead of Spain’s Car­los Pigem.

Pigem’s hopes faded as he fin­ished with his worst round of the tour­na­ment, rack­ing up four bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey to end on a one-un­der 287 and a share of fifth place with com­pa­triot Rafa Cabr­era Bello and last year’s run­ner up Lahiri.

Gavin hit five bo­geys and two birdies for a round of 75 that put him on three-un­der for the tour­na­ment. That was good enough for sec­ond place, while Italy’s Mat­teo Manassero and Scot­land’s Scott Jamieson were tied in third on two-un­der.

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Malaysia’s Gavin Green plays a shot dur­ing the fi­nal round of the In­dian Open at Dlf Golf and Coun­try Club in Gurgaon, on the out­skirts of New Delhi yes­ter­day.

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