Chowrasia, Randhawa finish tied 22nd in Hong Kong Open

Updated: Nov 15, 2009, 17:49 PM IST

Hong Kong: SSP Chowrasia signed off with a
spectacular five-under 65, the best card of the day by an
Indian, to join compatriot Jyoti Randhawa at tied 22nd after
the final round of the Hong Kong Open golf tournament here

After his previous round of three-over 73 had dashed his
top 10 prospects, the diminutive Chowrasia fired 65 today to
aggregate eight-under 272 to share the 22nd place with seven
others, including Randhawa who returned an even-par card.

Plagued by poor starts in the previous three rounds,
Indian ace Jeev Milkha Singh brought home his best card, a
neat 66, to haul himself up and join Kolkata pro Rahil Gangjee
(69) at tied 36th with an aggregate of six-under 274.

Delhi pro Shiv Kapur (276) finished tied 48th after
signing off with four-under 66.

Unheralded French pro Gregory Bourdy (261) staved off
Rory McIlroy`s (263) spectacular charge to lift the title by
two strokes.

The second place finish here also catapulted McIlroy to
the top of the European Tour Order of Merit.

Meanwhile, Thailand`s Thongchai Jaidee lifted an
unprecedented third Asian Tour Order of Merit crown, fending
off the challenge of closest rival Liang Wen-chong of China.

Liang needed at least a second place finish to keep his
merit hopes alive this week but finished in tied-11th place
with Thongchai.

Chowrasia had a smooth sailing over the first eight holes
at the end of which he was placed comfortably at three-under.

The ninth hole bogey ate into his cushion but on his way
back, Chowrasia birdied the 13th, 14th and 17th to sign off in

Randhawa`s even-par final round included three birdies
and as many bogeys.

Jeev, on the other hand, fumbled early, bogeying his
opening hole and dropping one more stroke on the fifth but
three birdies in his front nine and three more on his
bogey-free way back revived his campaign.

Gangjee`s was an even worse start as the Kolkata pro
double bogeyed the opening hole, bogeyed the sixth and signed
off with one more bogey while also sinking five birdies to
return a sub-par card.

Bureau Report