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Round 4 - S.S.P. Chawrasia wins Indian Open at last

March 20, 2016

India's SSP Chawrasia pulled off a two-shot win over defending champion Anirban Lahiri and Korea's Jeunghun Wang with a birdie on the final hole Sunday at the US$1.66 million Hero Indian Open.

Chawrasia shot 71 for a 15-under-par 273, two better than Lahiri (69) and Wang (68). It was his third European Tour win and the fourth on Asian Tour. Lahiri, the reigning Asian Tour No. 1, missed his birdie attempt on the final hole while Chawrasia struck a third shot from the rough that landed within three feet of the cup at the Delhi Golf Club.

''It is a very important day for me. I have finished second four times in the Indian Open and every time that happened to me I wondered if I would ever be able to one day be the champion,'' said Chawrasia, who won US$276,660.

''Anirban is a great player and a fine sportsman and I enjoy my duels with him,'' Chawrasia said. '' Now quite possibly both of us will go to the Olympics as part of the Indian team.''

''There was a lot of pressure on me on the last hole,'' he said. ''This win means so much to me. I don't know how I will celebrate it. I will let my wife (Simantini) do that for me. Last year when I lost, she was crying so now we can both enjoy this victory together,'' he said with a smile.

''It was pretty intense. I got off to a great start but lost a bit of momentum after that,'' Lahiri said. ''I gave myself a lot of chances but missed quite few from 15-20 feet but at the end of day, SSP hung tough and played very well.''

''There is nothing sweeter than being the Indian Open champion. It was a disappointing finish after a promising start for me. But I am so happy for SSP. This win is huge for him,'' Lahiri added.

Wang, a member of Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year, came close to winning his first Asian Tour title, settling for a bogey-free 68 highlighted by four birdies.

Round 3 - S.S.P. Chawrasia takes narrow advantage

March 20, 2016

India's S.S.P. Chawrasia grabbed the top spot at the Hero Indian Open Saturday after he carded a four-under-par 68 in the third round, holding a two-shot lead ahead of the final day.

Chawrasia, a three-time Asian Tour winner, surged past overnight leader Terry Pilkadaris of Australia, recording four birdies to lead on 14-under-par 202 at the challenging Delhi Golf Club course.

A second-place finisher in four previous Indian Opens, Chawrasia hopes to lift the trophy on Sunday to inch closer to his Olympic dream.

"Honestly, the Hero Indian Open is a very important tournament for me and for sure I want to win it because I have finished second over here four times," the 37-year-old said.

"If I win this one, then 100 percent sure I am going to play in the Olympics," he said.

Chawrasia was defeated by Indian defending champion and reigning Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri in a play-off last year. He also finished second in 1999, 2006 and 2013.

Chawrasia toppled Pilkadaris from the top spot Saturday after the 42-year-old Australian ended the day one-over 73, placing him two shots off the pace.

Pilkadaris, without a win since 2005, struggled after he suffered two bogeys on his first three holes and managed only two birdies during round three.

India's Lahiri and Rashid Khan, who won his first Asian Tour title at the Delhi course, are the closest challengers, with both 10-under-par going into the final day of the tournament.

Lahiri rose rapidly Saturday, finishing the day five-under 67 with four birdies on the front-nine with no bogeys.

The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the second straight year, carries an enhanced prize purse of $1.66 million.

Round 2 - Terry Pilkadaris goes clear with a 64

March 19, 2016

Australian golfer Terry Pilkadaris cut loose with nine birdies in a round of 8-under 64 for a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Indian Open on Friday.

Trailing him on 10-under totals after 36 holes were India's Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia (67), and Spain's Nacho Elvira (68).

Pilkadaris, who made just one cut in his last six starts, was 9 under through 15 holes in his second round but parred the next two and dropped a shot on the par-5 18th after hitting his tee shot into bushes.

He's a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, but winless for 11 years. Pilkadaris said he was only just starting to feel better after trapping a nerve in his back while moving furniture in December.

''It was a rookie mistake and I'm no rookie, so I should be shot for that one,'' he quipped.

Elvira missed six straight cuts until the Thailand Classic last week, while Chawrasia, a four-time runner-up in the Indian Open, made some fine saves on the back nine, including birdies from the bushes on the 11th and 14th.

''My putting saved me, no doubt,'' Chawrasia said.

David Lipsky of the United States (67), and Ben Evans of England (66) shared fourth place, five shots behind, and defending champion and Asian Tour No. 1 Anirban Lahiri (71) was in a tie for 14th, eight shots behind Pilkadaris.

Padraig Harrington was among those who missed the cut in the European and Asian Tours event at even par.

Round 1 - Daniel Im takes first round honours

March 18, 2016

Daniel Im of the United States shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club.

The 30-year-old Im, who had two successive top-10 finishes in South Africa in January, teed off from the 10th and made a birdie-birdie start. He had another birdie at the 15th, followed with birdies at the first and second holes and chipped in at the seventh. A final birdie at the ninth capped his round in ideal morning conditions.

''This is my first time (here) so I haven't seen the bad stuff yet,'' Im said. ''It went well for me this morning. I chipped it in on my first hole and I made birdie on my second hole. I kept going and told myself to keep it on the fairway.''

''I've heard about this golf course so many times prior to this trip,'' he added. ''I came in with a bit of respect. I showed some respect and got some respect back.''

Thailand's Prom Meesawat had seven birdies and a bogey in a round of 66. Also one shot behind Im were Spanish players Jorge Campillo and Nacho livra.

India's SSP Chawrasia, a four-time runner-up at the event, including the past two years, survived a double-bogey to shoot 67. Also shooting 67s were India's Sanjay Kumar, South Korea's Jeunghun Wang, Australia's Terry Pilkadaris and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, who had a hole-in-one at the fifth.

Defending champion Anirban Lahiri of India shot a 68. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington had a 71

Scores

1 IND S.S.P Chawurasia -15 67 67 68 71 273
T2 IND Anirban Lahiri -13 68 71 67 69 275
T2 KOR Jeung-hun Wang -13 67 74 66 68 275
T4 BRA Adilson Da Silva -12 72 66 69 69 276
T4 PHL Angelo Que -12 70 71 70 65 276
T6 FRA Gregory Havret -10 68 70 71 69 278
T6 USA Daniel Im -10 65 74 70 69 278
T6 IND Rashid Khan -10 69 68 69 72 278
T6 LKA N Thangaraja -10 69 71 68 70 278
T10 ESP Jorge Campillo -9 66 71 71 71 279
T10 IND Rahil Gangjee -9 69 72 66 72 279
T10 IND Shiv Kapur -9 72 67 70 70 279
T10 USA David Lipsky -9 69 67 75 68 279
T10 FRA Julien Quesne -9 70 68 70 71 279
T15 ESP Alejandro Canizares -8 68 69 71 72 280
T15 THA Jazz Janewattananond -8 71 69 70 70 280
T15 GER Maximilian Kieffer -8 69 70 70 71 280
T15 RSA Jbe Kruger -8 71 70 71 68 280
T15 AUS Terry Pilkadaris -8 67 64 73 76 280
T20 IND Arjun Atwal -7 70 71 67 73 281
T20 MAL Danny Chia -7 70 71 71 69 281
T20 FRA Sebastien Gros -7 69 70 68 74 281
T23 THA Chapchai Nirat -6 70 71 71 70 282
T23 ENG Chris Paisley -6 70 68 78 66 282
T23 IND Ajeetesh Sandhu -6 76 66 70 70 282
T23 IND Jeev Milkha Singh -6 72 71 71 68 282
T27 ESP Nacho Elvira -5 66 68 79 70 283
T27 MAL Nicholas Fung -5 73 70 72 68 283
T27 IND Shamim Khan -5 71 70 72 70 283
T27 IND Sanjay Kumar -5 67 72 72 72 283
T31 ENG Daniel Brooks -4 71 70 71 72 284
T31 ENG Ben Evans -4 70 66 79 69 284
T31 IND Mukesh Kumar -4 73 68 72 71 284
T31 PHL Antonio Lascuna -4 71 69 73 71 284
T31 CAN Richard T. Lee -4 73 69 69 73 284
T31 USA Peter Uihlein -4 72 68 73 71 284
T37 IND Vikrant Chopra -3 69 73 73 70 285
T37 IND Chiragh Kumar -3 73 70 73 69 285
T37 SGP Mardan Mamat -3 72 69 70 74 285
T37 ENG Richard McEvoy -3 71 70 68 76 285
T37 THA Chinnarat Phadungsil -3 72 70 71 72 285
T37 IND Shubhankar Sharma -3 71 72 74 68 285
T43 IND Honney Baisoya -2 68 72 72 74 286
T43 SCO Scott Jamieson -2 73 69 69 75 286
T43 FIN Mikko Korhonen -2 72 69 74 71 286
T43 THA Prom Meesawat -2 66 78 72 70 286
T43 AUS Wade Ormsby -2 68 75 72 71 286
T48 USA Paul Peterson -1 70 74 71 72 287
T48 IND Amardip Singh Malik -1 73 70 72 72 287
T48 ESP Borja Virto -1 74 70 72 71 287
T51 IND M Dharma Par 70 74 72 72 288
T51 AUS Marcus Fraser Par 74 70 71 73 288
T51 THA Pariya Junhasavasdikul Par 72 72 70 74 288
T51 ESP Pablo Larrazabal Par 70 73 74 71 288
T51 KOR Soo-Min Lee Par 72 68 76 72 288
T51 SCO Craig Lee Par 70 70 77 71 288
T51 LKA Mithun Perera Par 72 71 73 72 288
T58 IND Shankar Das 1 70 72 72 75 289
T58 IRL Paul Dunne 1 74 66 71 78 289
T58 AUS Scott Hend 1 72 71 68 78 289
T58 THA Thayakorn Khrongpha 1 70 74 72 73 289
T58 USA Jason Knutzon 1 76 68 74 71 289
T58 BGD Siddikur Rahman 1 69 73 77 70 289
T58 PHL Miguel Tabuena 1 70 72 73 74 289
65 FRA Raphael Jacquelin 2 67 71 76 76 290
66 AUS Kalem Richardson 3 72 70 71 78 291
T67 RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. 4 70 72 77 73 292
T67 ENG Tommy Fleetwood 4 68 72 77 75 292
T67 ENG Ross McGowan 4 73 66 78 75 292
T70 WAL Rhys Davies 6 78 66 76 74 294
T70 IND Arjun Prasad 6 71 70 76 77 294
T72 ITA Renato Paratore 8 71 73 74 78 296
T72 IND Udayan Singh 8 72 70 79 75 296
74 IND Om Prakash Chouhan 10 71 73 76 78 298
CUT AUS Scott Barr 1 71 74 - - 145
CUT IND Abhijit Singh Chadha 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT IRL Padraig Harrington 1 71 74 - - 145
CUT NED Joost Luiten 1 77 68 - - 145
CUT THA Panupol Pittayarat 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Keith Horne 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT IND Khalin Joshi 2 72 74 - - 146
CUT IND Ashok Kumar 2 72 74 - - 146
CUT SCO Andrew McArthur 2 75 71 - - 146
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 2 78 68 - - 146
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT ESP Carlos Pigem 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 2 79 67 - - 146
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Ulrich Van den Berg 2 72 74 - - 146
CUT FRA Romain Wattel 2 70 76 - - 146
CUT FRA Lionel Weber 2 71 75 - - 146
CUT THA Thaworn Wiratchant 2 72 74 - - 146
CUT IND Feroz Ali 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT IND S Chikkarangappa 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT ESP Eduardo De La Riva 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Matt Ford 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT NIR Michael Hoey 3 72 75 - - 147
CUT IND Abhinav Lohan 3 71 76 - - 147
CUT THA Prayad Marksaeng 3 80 67 - - 147
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT IND Himmat Singh Rai 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 4 74 74 - - 148
CUT - Chieh-po Lee 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT FRA Thomas Linard 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT THA Natipong Srithong 4 77 71 - - 148
CUT THA Danthai Boonma 5 77 72 - - 149
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 5 74 75 - - 149
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 5 76 73 - - 149
CUT JPN Masahiro Kawamura 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT IND Harendra P Gupta 5 73 76 - - 149
CUT IND Jaibir Singh 5 76 73 - - 149
CUT IND Gaurav Pratap Singh 5 73 76 - - 149
CUT ESP Javier Colomo 6 77 73 - - 150
CUT USA Berry Henson 6 72 78 - - 150
CUT IND Vinod Kumar 6 76 74 - - 150
CUT IND Suijan Singh 6 77 73 - - 150
CUT AUS Samuel Brazel 7 75 76 - - 151
CUT IND Priyanshu Singh 7 75 76 - - 151
CUT IND Rahul Bajaj 8 80 72 - - 152
CUT ENG Steve Lewton 8 77 75 - - 152
CUT IND C Muniyappa 8 74 78 - - 152
CUT SCO Marc Warren 8 75 77 - - 152
CUT IND Sarosh Adi 9 80 73 - - 153
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 9 74 79 - - 153
CUT IND Yashas Chandra 9 77 76 - - 153
CUT RSA Shaun Norris 9 78 75 - - 153
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 10 77 77 - - 154
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 10 79 75 - - 154
CUT IND Deepinder Singh Kullar 10 78 76 - - 154
CUT USA Brett Munson 11 72 83 - - 155
CUT LKA Aruna Rohana 11 72 83 - - 155
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 12 80 76 - - 156
CUT ENG James Busby 14 81 77 - - 158
CUT GER Marcel Siem 14 75 83 - - 158
CUT SWE Daniel Chopra 16 79 81 - - 160
RET TWN Wen-tang Lin 3 75 - - - 75
RET TWN Chien-yao Hung 7 79 - - - 79
RET FRA Edouard Espana 6 75 - - - 75
RET DNK Joachim B Hansen 7 73 - - - 73
RET IND Gaganjeet Bhullar 12 77 - - - 77
RET AUS David Gleeson 12 84 - - - 84
RET SCO Jamie McLeary 13 78 - - - 78

 





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