Randhawa wins Indian open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/j/jyotirandhawa2.jpg' class='caption'> Jyoti Randhawa has won the Hero Honda Indian Open 2006 Golf championships.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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New Delhi:

Golf tournaments rarely spill over to a fifth day. However, fans in the capital had to return on a fifth morning to find out the winner of the $4,00,000 Indian Open championships after fading light had pushed the play off to Monday. In the end, Jyoti Randhawa took the honours, beating SSP Chowrasia in the second play-off hole. This was his sixth Asian tour title and second Indian Open win. "This was a more emotional win. Six years back, it was a little bit of luck and a little bit of talent. This time it was tiring, there were rain delays and then we came back on the fifth day. So it was a more nerve-wrecking win and I am happy," said Randhawa. In what was one of the most exciting finishes, the Indian trio of Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia and Vijay Kumar competed in a sudden-death playoff, after finishing tied at 18-under par. Kumar though lost his ball on the first play off hole and lost his chance of winning the title. Exciting finish Randhawa and Chowrasia resumed their battle on Monday only because nerves got the better of Jyoti on the first play off hole. A missed putt ensured they had to come back on Monday. However, there were no such problems for caddy-turned-pro Chowrasia, who ended up with the biggest pay cheque of his career. "I went wrong with my putting and chipping. I will have to work on that. But I am quite happy. If I keep playing like this, I will get more opportunities to win," said Chowrasia. The win marks the end of a lean patch for Randhawa, considering his last win was at the Volvo Masters in 2004. It took more than four days and in the end, Randhawa made use of the opportunity on the fifth morning to seal his fourth win on Indian soil. Well, the competition is only going to get bigger and better, as sponsors promise to touch the half million dollar mark as prize money next year.

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