India’s Lahiri bags Tour title

April 28, 2014 - 5:03:37 am
Anirban Lahiri of India poses with the trophy after winning the Indonesian Masters at the Royal Jakarta Club in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday.

JAKARTA: India’s Anirban Lahiri won his fourth Asian Tour title at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters yesterday with a spectacular eagle putt on the last hole.

The 26-year-old, a three-time Asian Tour winner, sealed his victory with a four-under-par 68 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club after breaking away from the chasing pack.

“It’s really great to get my first win outside of India. I have missed out on it for a long time and I am so glad I managed to do it today,” said Lahiri, who won $750,000.

“I need the world ranking points so I am really happy I can win this week.” 

Two big names at the tournament, rising French star Victor Dubuisson and former Major winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, withdrew with shoulder and back injuries respectively.

Trailing by a single shot behind Australia’s Cameron Smith, Lahiri first fired three successive birdies starting from the second hole.

He stumbled with a bogey-five on the fifth hole but recovered with another birdie on 12.

However a double-bogey six on 13 after a lengthy three-hour rain delay saw the Indian ride out a tense finish.

“I had an awkward lie on 13. During the rain delay I was just thinking that I have to get up and down there,” Lahiri said, according to an Asian Tour press release.

“I got a bad break there but I know (Taiwanese) Lin Wen-tang dropped a shot as well. Unfortunately I got a double bogey there but I am glad I came back strong.”

Lahiri then overtook the lead of South Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun at 16-under, screaming jubilantly as his 20-ft eagle putt sank into the hole for a winning total of 17-under-par 271. REUTERS

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