Gleeson takes the title at Indian Open

Updated: 16 October 2011 19:05 IST

Australian David Gleeson completed his renaissance by winning the Hero Indian Open with a final round four-under-par 68 on Sunday to end a three-year title drought.

Gleeson takes the title at Indian Open

New Delhi:

Australian David Gleeson completed his renaissance by winning the Hero Indian Open with a final round four-under-par 68 on Sunday to end a three-year title drought.

Gleeson, who missed five consecutive cuts earlier this year, showed no sign of losing his overnight lead as he closed with a 20-under-par 268 total at the Delhi Golf Club, the lowest winning score on the Indian Open.

Chiragh Kumar of India enjoyed his best finish on the Asian Tour, finishing second after shooting a 70, three strokes from the champion in the $1.25 million event.

Scotland's Ross Bain and Taiwan's Lu Wei-chih, winner of last week's Yeangder TPC, shot matching 67s to share third place on 272.

Gleeson was four-under after five holes and made 13 consecutive pars which were enough to secure him his third Asian Tour title.

The highlight of his day came on the par-four third hole where he chipped in from 140 yards.

"Once I made that eagle I started playing more conservatively. It is unbelievable to win again. My victories have been sporadic and hopefully this win will change that," said Gleeson who bagged $198,125.

The Australian admitted he struggled with his game earlier in the year but enjoyed a change of fortunes when he traded in his old golf clubs for a new set where he was immediately rewarded with a second place finish at the Macau Open last month.

"And after making some changes to my clubs, I finally found what I wanted and it snowballed into some confidence. I've been playing well ever since," said Gleeson.

Kumar was a shot back going into the final round but failed to make a title charge as his putter went cold.

"I'm not disappointed about finishing second. This is a great result for me considering this is my national open," said the 27-year-old.

"I played well but David just ran away with it. He made an amazing start and kept up the momentum till the end," said Kumar.

Lu continued his rich vein of form in a round of six birdies against one bogey to give himself another strong finish after winning his second Asian Tour title on home soil last week.

Dubai-based Bain turned in 33 but double bogeyed the 11th hole before recovering with two birdies and one eagle on the 14th hole to enjoy his first top-10 finish since 2009.

Topics : Golf Badminton Ross Bain
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