LAHIRI'S 2ND TITLE TAKES HIM TO WORLD NO. 34
Asian / European Tour – Hero Indian Open
Anirban Lahiri beat compatriot S S P Chawrasia in a play-off to claim an emotional home triumph at the Co-Sanctioned Hero Indian Open and a second European Tour title just two weeks after his maiden victory.
Lahiri, who won the Malaysian Open a fortnight ago, began the final round seven shots off the lead but a closing 69 was enough to force extra holes as overnight leader Chawrasia stumbled to a 76.
The home pair returned to the par five 18th for the play-off and with Chawrasia unable to make par after hooking his tee shot into the trees, Lahiri holed from ten feet for birdie.
Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng, Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera and Australian Marcus Fraser all finished on six under, with Perera the only player to birdie the par five 18th.
Marksaeng three-putted from long range for par on the last, while Fraser held the outright lead on nine under par after 12 holes, only to double bogey the 13th and drop another shot on the 16th.
Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman began the day two off the lead on ten and briefly led after five straight pars at the start of his round, but a ragged inward 39 cost him a shot at the title.
“It’s incredible – starting today I didn’t really think I had a chance,” said Lahiri.
“It was one of the toughest days ever that I’ve played golf at Delhi Golf Club and I’m really happy to have accomplished this: it’s a childhood dream.
“I was just trying to play well and give myself a chance on the back nine. There were about eight of us who could have pulled through so I feel really lucky and fortunate, and really happy.”
Lahiri, the highest-ranked player in the field, had made a perfect start in windy conditions at the narrow tree-lined course with a birdie from 15 feet at the first and a tap-in at the next following a splendid approach.
Sunshine Tour – Dimension Data Pro-Am
Branden Grace was certainly a favourite ahead of this week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am and on Sunday he produced the goods in a trying final round.
“The wind really blew out there today, sometimes it was up to three clubs. I knew it was going to be a grind and you needed to keep calm. I managed to do that today and I was fortunate to end up at the top of the leaderboard,” he said.
The 25-year-old added the eagle trophy to his collection with a Sunday round of 70 and an 11-under-par total for the tournament, which stitched up his two-stroke victory over Keith Horne.
Darren Fichardt held a one-shot lead going into the last day, but a double bogey at the first hole marked the beginning of a tough 18 for the four-time European Tour winner.
Meanwhile Grace had also doubled the first, but at that stage he was an outside pick for the title. In the style of a true champion he went on to card birdies at the sixth and ninth to turn at level-par.
“That caught me off guard. Starting off with a double is not the easiest thing to get through your mind. You really want to start pushing it, but that’s what leads to bogeys. I knew it was going to be a tough day and you just had to stay patient out there,” he said.
The five-time Sunshine Tour winner plays out of Fancourt and that helped him to knuckle down when the going got tough. He dealt with the stretch in 34 blows, adding birdies at the 12th, 14th and 16th before setting the clubhouse target at 11-under.
PGA Tour - Northern Trust Open
James Hahn drained a 25-foot putt at the third play-off hole to clinch his maiden PGA Tour title after an enthralling final day of the Northern Trust Open.
The 33-year-old edged out Dustin Johnson with a superb birdie two at the 14th after England's Paul Casey had bowed out on the second extra hole at a wet and cool Riviera Country Club in California.
The leading trio, who had finished tied at the top on six under, all parred the 18th at the second time of asking, and Johnson and Hahn both produced remarkable birdies at the 10th after they had pulled their drives into thick rough.
Casey had the best angle to the pin, but he left his pitch 12 feet short and his birdie putt shaved the edge of the hole before Hahn nailed his putt from 10 feet and Johnson converted a stunning flop shot to four feet.
Johnson was closer to the pin at the par-three 14th, but Hahn judged his slippery, downhill putt to perfection and then celebrated his breakthrough win after Johnson's putt from 15 feet veered left of the target.
"This is amazing," said Hahn. "I never would have thought I would win this tournament."
PGA Tour of Australia - Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship
With a tournament total of 17-under 263, Ryan Fox triumphed in dramatic circumstance at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship by one shot from Matthew Millar (ACT) and Cameron Smith (QLD).
"I am pretty ecstatic right now to be honest," said Fox.
"I was around the lead all day. To do what I did on 16 and 17, just….I really can't describe it."
A phenomenal final round of 8-under 62 highlighted by consecutive eagles on the par-4 16th and par-5 17thensured Fox claimed his second PGA Tour of Australasia title.
"16 is certainly not one, standing on the tee, that you think you are going to hit on the green. But I just figured I needed to do something," added Fox.
"I aimed at the green, and hit driver as hard as I could, I managed to hit it to eight feet and knock that one in."
"I thought maybe at best I would get it 10 short of the green but a little bit of adrenaline helped."
Walking to the 17th tee, Fox was one shot behind leader Matthew Millar.
"On 17 I hit two really good shots into the green and got a good read from Snow, a local guy who caddied for me over the weekend," added Fox.
"About 10 foot out the putt never really looked like it was going to miss."
"I guess I went from two back to one in front after two holes, it was a bit surreal."