Randhawa wins Indian Open

Updated: 16 October 2007 07:02 IST

Thriving on his happy hunting ground defending champion Jyoti Randhawa romped to his third Indian Open title.

Randhawa wins Indian Open

New Delhi:

Thriving on his happy hunting ground defending champion Jyoti Randhawa romped to his third Indian Open title to emulate five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson at the Delhi Golf Course on Sunday.

Consistency personified, Randhawa signed off with a solid final round of three-under 69 to aggregate 13-under 275, steering three-shot clear of Chang Tse-peng of Chinese Taipei, who carded 68 on Sunday.

Thanks to his back-to-back triumph in the home event, Randhawa now has seven Asian Tour titles under his belt.

His first National Open title came in 2000. Peter Thomson had won the title in 1964, 1966 and 1976 at the DGC, which the legendary Australian also re-designed in 1977-78.

Meanwhile, reading 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' last night worked wonder for Indian Rahil Gangjee who wielded his club like a wand and carded a scintillating 66 to finish third with an aggregate of eight-under 280.

With the other overnight leader Chapchai Nirat gradually fading from the scene, a supremely confident Randhawa made long strides and sunk in two birdies in his front nine.

Dropping a shot on the ninth his tee shot found the bush, fetching him almost an unplayable lie was merely an aberration as the local favourite sealed the issue with a spectacular eagle on the par-four 16th.

A perfect tee shot on the 16th was followed by an equally impressive second shot that found the green, dropped twice and rolled on a couple of feet before plopping, triggering a jumping, air-pumping celebration from Randhawa.

Topics : Golf Jyoti Randhawa
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