Thaworn claims Indian Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Thaworn Wiratchant kept his nerve to hold off a brilliant late charge by Gaurav Ghei to win the USD 300,000 Hero Honda Indian Open golf championship.

Thaworn claims Indian Open

New Delhi:

Thaworn Wiratchant kept his nerve to hold off a brilliant late charge by Gaurav Ghei to win the USD 300,000 Hero Honda Indian Open golf championship at the Delhi Golf club here today. Birthday boy Ghei produced a stunning six-under 66 round but the Asian Tour money leader from Thailand played a conservative game to finish 16-under 272, two strokes ahead of the Indian, to claim his third title of the season and a winner's cheque of USD 47,250. Randhawa finishes sixthThe highest ranked Indian in the world, Jyoti Randhawa, who had been in third position going into the final round, had a disappointing 73 and finished tied sixth with the ever consistent Mukesh Kumar who had a card of 68 for an overall 9-under 279. "I am happy to win this week. Everybody plays to win, I think I played better ... made less mistakes than others," said Thaworn who has won the Indonesian Open and Taiwan Open earlier this year. For Ghei, who turned 37 today, the birdie on the 18th hole brought back memories of 1995 when he won the Western Gadgill Masters to become the first Indian to win a title on the Asian Tour. It was a replay of the shot he played 10 years back. His third shot, a 4-iron, left him on the right edge of the green at the par-5 hole and the soft-spoken lad holed it from 25 yards. Ghei also had birdies on the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th holes, without any bogey, for a satisfying day's performance, although it was not good enough to thwart Thaworn. (PTI)



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