Digvijay finishes fourth at Philippine Open golf

Manila: Indian golfer Divijay Singh notched up his best finish of the season with a steady one-under 71 on the final day to finish with two-under 286 at tied fourth at the ICTSI Philippine Open golf tournament on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Berry Henson of the United States held off a late charge from local hope Jay Bayron to win his first Asian Tour title.

India`s Himmat Rai, who had a share of the lead for the first two days faltered for the second day in succession and managed only 79 on the final day, two worse than his third round.

After being six-under for first 36 holes, he was 12-over for the final two rounds and finished tied 28th.

Manav Jaini (73) was tied 37th, Chiragh Kumar (75) was tied 44th, Sujjan Singh (79) and Vikrant Chopra (75) were tied 51st.

Digvijay Singh shot three birdies in his opening five holes before closing with one birdie and three bogeys in a round of 71.

He credited his return to form to his wife, Chitra.

"I have to credit my performance this week to my wife because we spoke a lot on what has to be done on the course," said Singh, the brother-in-law of former Asian Tour number one Jyoti Randhawa.

"I told myself to go out there and enjoy my round and I did just that by thinking of my wife. Overall, it was a good result for me," said the 39-year-old.

Henson, the Asian Tour rookie, made a pivotal up-and-down for par on the last hole to close with one-over 73 to clinch his second international title in the span of two weeks at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Bayron battled tooth-and-nail before closing with a 72 to finish in second place for a 284 total, one stroke behind the champion in the USD 300,000 Asian Tour event.

South Africa`s Jbe Kruger, who finished second on three occasions last year, endured another agonizing defeat when he signed off at third place on 285.

Overnight leader Henson, who won on the Asian Development Tour two weeks ago, turned in 35 to hold a three-shot lead but it was cut by one when he bogeyed holes 12 and 17.


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