Sunday March 10, 2013
Anirban retains Indian Open title after play-off
NEW DELHI: India’s Anirban Lahiri defended his title at the SAIL-SBI Open in New Delhi yesterday with a play-off victory over fellow countryman Rashid Khan.
The 25-year-old Anirban birdied the 18th hole from 10 feet in regulation play to force extra-time before claiming his third Asian Tour victory with a four-foot birdie conversion on the same hole at the Delhi Golf Club.
Rashid, 22, played a final round of six- under 66, which included a closing birdie, but he could not prevent a dominant Lahiri from grabbing the winner’s cheque of US$54,000.
Anirban was overjoyed to taste victory for the third time.
“I feel great winning here again. In regulation play standing over the 10 -footer, I took my time and decided what I wanted to do. I think this is the calmest I’ve ever been in that situation,” he said.
Rashid, who was awarded US$33,000, said: “I played really good. Holed good putts and played really well this week. Starting with a par 72 on the first day and losing in a play-off, it’s disappointing.”
Overnight leader Siddikur of Bangla- desh closed with a 73 to finish third, four shots behind the play-off duo while Shiv Kapur of India settled for fourth place after a 70.
Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit and Australian rookie Matthew Stieger ended in tied fifth place. — AFP