Anirban Lahiri finishes fifth at European Masters
Anirban Lahiri repeated his 2014 performance to produce an excellent finish, a six-under 64, and end outright fifth at the Omega European Masters on Sunday.
Crans Montana, Switzerland: Anirban Lahiri repeated his 2014 performance to produce an excellent finish, a six-under 64, and end outright fifth at the Omega European Masters on Sunday.
Lahiri, starting the day just outside the Top-10 carded 67-67-70-64 for 12-under 268 and the result was his best since the win at the Hero Indian Open in February this year. Lahiri was five shots behind the winner.
SSP Chawrasia needing a good finish to seal his 2016 European Tour card had a disappointing finish after making a great charge on the back nine. He was lying four-under for the day with two holes to go and in tied-10th place. But he bogeyed 17th and double bogeyed 18th and finished tied 24th alongside Shiv Kapur (67) at five-under 275.
Jyoti Randhawa (71) was tied 37th at three-under 277 and Rashid Khan (74) was tied 68th.
Danny Willett (65) made up for the disappointment of the weekend at the Open, where he finished in a tie for sixth after being in contention. He held off stiff competition from fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick (66) and Tyrrell Hatton (62) to win the title and clinch his third European Tour International Schedule victory.
Willett, the overnight co-leader carded a bogey free 65 on Sunday to finish the tournament on 17 under par, one shot ahead of Fitzpatrick, with Tyrrell Hatton two shots further back on 15 under.
Lahiri said, "It was a relief (to finish well) as I'm been playing well and I haven?t been able to put a together a good round. It was a good feeling to play well on the back nine as I had been struggling there the last few rounds."
He added, "It's good to finish with a 64 as I did the exact same thing with a 64 last year too. The experience of being here many times showed especially on the greens. There were some tricky pins, which I've seen before and having been here a few times, you now know where to hit it, how it's going to break and that made a massive difference."
On his current form, he said, "I feel like my form is coming back. I'm happy to start playing well again. I had a very good start to the year and played well in the beginning but I didn't play anywhere near my best after that. It's an important time of the year and hopefully I can get this going."
Chawrasia was clearly disappointed, "I had great momentum with five birdies on back nine and I was looking at maybe one more. Then I three-putted on 17th and had a bad drive on 18th. That ruined the day, and maybe even the week. I was close to Top-10 but then it slipped."
Fitzpatrick opened his final round with a bogey at the par four first before firing four birdies in his next eight holes to hold a one shot lead at the turn.
But a bogey at the 11th saw the 20 year old slip back to 14 under alongside Willett, who fired three consecutive birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th to put himself in the driving seat.
Willett then finished his round with three straight pars to claim the title.
The lowest score of the day went to Hatton, who carded an eagle and six birdies on his way to an eight under par 62.