New Delhi: Shiv Kapur had the best performance among Indian golfers as he finished fourth at the Indian Open which concluded at the Delhi Golf Club on Sunday.
There were seven Indians who finished in the Top-15 as Australian Wade Ormsby won his maiden Asian Tour title with a final round of one-under-par 71 to pip Thailand veteran Boonchu Ruangkit by one stroke and get richer by USD 54,000.
Kapur was in contention till three holes from the finish before he ran into trouble on 16th and 18th and dropped shots on both to drop to fourth, while SSP Chowrasia (68) made a valiant bid only to end up fifth alongside defending champion Digvijay Singh, who carded four sub-par rounds.
Shamim Khan, who barely made the cut, continued his great work over the weekend following up his third round 67 with a final round of 69 to be tied eighth, while Rahil Gangjee, with five birdie on the front nine, carded 68 to be tied 10th with local lad Manav Jaini (72) and Siddikur at three-under.
Singapore`s Lam Chih Bing, who led briefly during the final round, settled for third place after carding a level par 72 while Kapur`s search for a first win on his home course was extended after he bogeyed two of his last three holes to finish three shots behind Ormsby in fourth position.
Ormsby, who held at least a share of the lead from the opening day, birdied the second hole, but stumbled badly with a seven at the next hole.
However, the Aussie showed great character by shooting birdies on the fifth, seventh and eighth holes to stay in the title hunt. He bogeyed the 12th and needed an 18-foot birdie conversion on 17 which proved decisive as Boonchu`s title challenge faded with a bogey on 16.
"It means so much. I`ve played tournaments worldwide but to finally get a win in Asia is fantastic. I felt pretty good on the fourth tee but I just put my head down and tried to get down into it and birdied the fifth," said Ormsby.
"I was so disappointed in Malaysia and Chiangmai as I played well on both weeks, but didn’t finish them off. I knew there was a win in there for me and I am glad I came here," added the Australian who finished tied-33rd and tied-20th in Malaysia and Chiangmai respectively.
Boonchu, who was bidding to become the oldest winner in the Asian Tour history, seemed on course to create history but a costly bogey on the 16th put paid to all hopes.
"Conditions were really tough out there the entire week but to be able to play the way I did even at 56 really says a lot about my game," said Boonchu.
"I`ve shown that I still have what it takes to compete against the younger boys but I just ran out of steam towards the end. But overall, it has been a good week and all I can say is never write off an old man!" smiled Boonchu.
Despite finishing third, Lam found the much needed self-belief again. The 36-year-old was seeking to end his five-year title drought and losing his Tour card last season was a rude awakening for him.
"May be, losing my Tour card last year was a blessing in disguise as it was a wake-up call. I reassessed my game and took pains to put in those extra hours in getting back my best form," said Lam.
"Just being back in contention means a lot and more than anything else, I`ve learnt to believe in myself again," added Lam.
Leading scores after round 4 of the Indian Open 2013 being played at the par 72, 6935 Yards Delhi Golf Club course (a- denotes amateur):
279 - Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 67-67-74-71.
280 - Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 70-68-73-69.
281 - LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-69-73-72.
282 - Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-68-72-71.
283 - S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 69-69-77-68, Anura ROHANA (SRI) 71-72-71-69, Digvijay SINGH (IND) 71-71-71-70.
284 - Richard Lee (CAN) 72-68-77-67, Shamim KHAN (IND) 73-75-67-69.
285 - Rahil Gangjee (IND) 73-73-71-68, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 71-71-74-69, Manav JAINI (IND) 75-70-68-72.
286 - Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 73-72-67-74.
289 - Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 72-73-73-71.