Bhullar finishes fourth in Brunei Open

Brunei: Gaganjeet Bhullar rode on a
blemish-free back nine to turn in a sensational six-under 65
to finish fourth in the Asian tour`s Brunei Open golf
tournament here on Sunday.

However, compatriot Anirban Lahiri`s fortunes tumbled as
he signed off tied 14th after carding a one-over 72.

Overnight tied 11th, Bhullar sank in as many as seven
birdies, which included a birdie hat-trick on his back nine,
against a lone bogey to finish with an aggregate of 14-under

The Kapurthala-lad picked up a stroke on the second hole
but a bogey on the fifth pulled him back before he made amends
with a birdie on the sixth to make the turn one-under.

On resumption, Bhullar went on a birdie spree as he
picked up a shot on the 12th and then hit back-to-back birdies
from the 14th to 16th holes before ending the day with another
birdie on the last hole.

On the other hand, a double bogey on the last hole cooked
Lahiri`s goose.

The Kolkata golfer started off well with a couple of
birdies but bogeys on the fourth and seventh holes brought him
back to square one. He then picked up a shot to make the turn

However, his back nine proved to be a disappointing
experience as he dropped bogeys on the 10th, 16th and a double
bogey on the 18th hole against two birdies on the 12th and
13th holes to tumble down the leaderboard with a total of
nine-under 275.

Among other Indians in fray, Gurki Shergill (74) and
Himmat Rai (69) finished tied 41st, while C Muniyappa (67)
ended the tournament at tied 58th at the Empire Hotel and
Country Club here.

Siddikur of Bangladesh clinched the title, winning in the
play-off after being tied with Jbe Kruger (66) of South Africa
with a total of 16-under 268. One stroke behind, Juvic
Pagunsan (64) of Philippines finished third.