European Tour

Chawrasia claims Indian Open

2016-03-20 16:01
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New Delhi - India's S.S.P. Chawrasia, a second-place finisher in four previous Indian Opens, finally won the tournament Sunday with a two-stroke victory and clinched a third European Tour title in the process.

Chawrasia, 37, recorded a final-round 71 for a total of 273 -- edging out South Korea's Jeunghun Wang who finished with 68 for a total of 275. Chawrasia's fellow countryman and defending champion Anirban Lahiri, who closed with a 69, was joint second.

Chawrasia broke his jinx to claim the long-awaited title at the challenging Delhi Golf Club and reclaim his European Tour playing privileges, which he narrowly lost last season after finishing 113th in the Race to Dubai.

"This is very important as I don't have a full (European) card. Hopefully, I am playing Olympics and World Cup and so it is important," said the three-time Asian Tour winner.

"I am happy. I was nervous a bit but I focused and breathed in and out and controlled my nerves," a visibly gleeful Chawrasia said.

"Actually I have been four times runners-up and I have been thinking I have to win this and it has always been a dream. So I am happy to achieve it."

Chawrasia was defeated by Lahiri in a play-off last year. He also finished second in 1999, 2006 and 2013.

Lahiri, 28, made an impressive start Sunday, firing a hat-trick of birdies in the first three holes, and was tied for the lead after Chawrasia dropped a shot on the sixth.

But Chawrasia turned the tables quickly with a birdie on the eighth and ended the tournament with a four-day total of 15-under par 273.

South Korea's Wang and Lahiri finished on 13-under. Filipino Angelo Que finished the day on 12-under after a flawless 65, along with Adilson da Silva of Brazil who closed with a 69.

Scores after final round:

273 - S.S.P Chawrasia (IND) 67-67-68-71

275 - Jeunghun Wang (KOR) 67-74-66-68, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 68-71-67-69

276 - Angelo Que (PHI) 70-71-70-65, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 72-66-69-69

278 - Gregory Harvet (FRA) 68-70-71-69, Daniel Im (USA) 65-74-70-69, N. Thangaraja (SRI) 69-71-68-70, Rashid Khan (IND) 69-68-69-72

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