Lahiri third, Chowrasia fourth at Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters
A tired Anirban Lahiri tried hard for a birdie on the very last hole but ended with a bogey to finish third, while SSP Chowrasia recovered from his third round 73, to card 67 and end at tied fourth spot in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters here on Sunday.
Petaling Jaya (Malaysia): A tired Anirban Lahiri tried hard for a birdie on the very last hole but ended with a bogey to finish third, while SSP Chowrasia recovered from his third round 73, to card 67 and end at tied fourth spot in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters here on Sunday.
For the Indian fans, the disappointment of Lahiri ending with a bogey increased after the eventual winner, Chapchai Nirat also bogeyed the last after him.
Chapchai (68) beat early leader Antonio Lascuna (63) in the first play-off hole, while Lahiri (68) ended sole third.
Other Indians in the fray -- Rashid Khan (70) and Jyoti Randhawa (72) were tied for 24th, while Chiragh Kumar (75) was tied 42nd and Arjun Atwal (78) played listless to end 70th.
Lahiri playing two groups ahead of the final one, was nine-under after a birdie on the 17th, when he came to the 18th tee.
Earlier, Lascuna, who was sixth from last group had taken the clubhouse lead at 10-under with a flawless eight-under 63 to move from overnight two-under to a contending 10-under.
A birdie on last would have tied Lahiri with Lascuna while Chapchai, who bogeyed the 17th had the 18th still to play. Chapchai bogeyed the last but made the play-off in which he parred and beat Lascuna.
Lahiri speaking of his finish, said, "When I birdied 17 to get to nine-under, I thought I could birdie 18 that would give me a good chance. One of the good advantage on this course is if you post a total like Antonio, it puts a lot of pressure as 16, 17 and 18 is very difficult to play. I thought if I could join Antonio I would have a chance. But I missed the fairway on 18 and that's a shot gone right there."
Chowrasia shared fourth place with Order of Merit leader David Lipsky of the United States (71) and overnight leader Cameron Smith of Australia (73).
Chowrasia once again had problems on the second hole, where he dropped a triple bogey after giving away a double bogey on third day.
"That single hole cost me five shots in two rounds and that was the difference between a win and fourth place," joked Chowrasia. "But I am finding my game back and a top-5 is indeed welcome."
Lahiri battled gamely but failed to find the extra birdie towards the end.
"I really tried hard out there. But I didn't putt very well and you can't win tournaments if you don't putt well. I'm really disappointed although I finished third. (I am) disappointed really with yesterday (shot a 76 after falling ill) and with how it turned out which is a big letdown," he said at the end of the in the tournament.
"It's still a good week and I'm still playing well. Next week would be a good week to win. I'm playing well. There's no doubt in my mind I'm playing well. I was very close to putting it together this week. I've just got to be careful with what I eat. I love the food in Japan which is usually quite healthy."