Spaniard Fernandez-Castano wins Singapore Open

Updated: 14 November 2011 11:45 IST

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano made up for his lapses as he wrapped up the long-delayed Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament, edging out Filipino Juvic Pagunsan to the title by winning at the second play-off hole here in Singapore on Monday.

Spaniard Fernandez-Castano wins Singapore Open

Singapore:

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano made up for his lapses as he wrapped up the long-delayed Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament, edging out Filipino Juvic Pagunsan to the title by winning at the second play-off hole here in Singapore on Monday.

Both players finished the weather-hit USD six million championship, sanctioned by the Asian and European Tour, tied on 14-under 199 after the third and final round at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course.

Only three of the 16 Indians who started made the cut and the best finisher was 24-year-old Himmat Rai, who carded a final round of five-under 66 and at eight-under 276 he was tied 13th alongside the likes of 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell.

Chiragh Kumar (71) was tied 46th and Rahil Gangjee (71) was tied 57th. Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar were among the Indians missing the cut.

They hit their second shots onto the fairways at the sudden-death play-off when torrential rains and lighting struck again, leaving the two to resume their battle on Monday.

When play finally resumed, it was the Spaniard who finally got the better of the Filipino who could have delivered the knockout blow had he not missed a short birdie putt at the first play-off hole.

For Fernandez-Castano, it was a welcome relief, having squandered a four-shot lead during the final round and being able to prevail at the end.

"It has been a great relief, especially the way I played yesterday, having a four-shot lead and spoiling it all. It has been a tough year and I got a monkey off my back. It has been three years without a victory and it means a lot to me," said Fernandez-Castano.

As for Pagunsan, he will now head to the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia, which is just across the border from Singapore to compete in the USD two million tournament.

Topics : Golf Saina Nehwal Jeev Milkha Singh Rahil Gangjee
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