Monday October 22, 2012
Thaworn bags Indian Open in final-round drama
NEW DELHI: Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant won his third Asian Tour title of the season yesterday at the Indian Open by defeating Scotland’s Richie Ramsay on the first play-off hole.
Thaworn, playing one flight in front of Ramsay, birdied the last hole in regulation play when his seven-iron approach shot landed about one foot from the hole as he closed with a five-under 66.
Ramsay, the overnight leader, needed a par putt on the last for victory but made a three-putt bogey for a 68 as the pair returned to the par four 18th hole.
The Scot then blasted his tee shot into a creek and was penalised.
His third shot landed in the back of the green and he chipped to about 10 feet past the hole as he two-putted for double bogey.
Thaworn, who here in 2005, made a two-putt bogey for victory after hitting his second shot into the green side bunker.
His win pushed him to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect to win with the way I was driving the ball this week,” he said.
“It means a lot that I’ve won a second Hero Indian Open title and that I’m now leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit.”
The Thai finished with a 14-under 270 and won US$198,125. — AFP