Digvijay best Indian at 29th, Mamat wins title

Manila: India`s Rahil Gangjee faced finishing blues with three bogeys in last five holes of the final round of the ICTSI Philippine Open to end with a round of 77, which saw him finish tied 35th.

Veteran Mardan Mamat ended a six-year title drought by winning the tournament. The win also earned him a spot in next week`s Avantha Masters.

Mamat of Singapore finished with a comfortable five-stroke victory and it was his third Asian Tour win achieved with a closing one-under-par 71 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club`s East course. It was a commanding victory with an eight-under-par 280 aggregate.

While Gangjee was 35th at eight-over 296, the best Indian was Digvijay Singh (73) in tied 29th place at seven-over 295.

Anirban Lahiri (73) ended at nine-over 297 and in tied 38th while Sujjan Singh shot a second successive 80 and was 77 from 79 who made the cut.

Mo Joong-kyung of Korea threatened briefly before finishing a distant second in the USD 300,000 Asian Tour event, signing off with a 74, while the top Filipino honours went to Antonio Lascuna who returned a 69 for tied third place with Japan`s Azuma Yano, who signed for a 70.

However, it was heartbreak for Filipino teenager Miguel Tabuena, who started the final round one shot back of Mardan, but faded with an 81 to settle for a share of 11th position.

After tapping in for his lone bogey on 18, Mardan fell onBureau Report his knees to celebrate his return into the winner`s enclosure.

He later broke into tears when asked if thoughts of not winning had crept into his mind during his barren years.

The Singaporean pocketed the top cheque of US$47,550.


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