Versailles (France): Jyoti Randhawa raised visions of mounting a challenge for the title before a double bogey on the penultimate hole wrecked his chances in the Open de France ALSTOM golf championship here on Sunday.

After being five-under with four more holes to play — the leaders were hovering at six and seven-under — Randhawa ended up with a final round card of three-under 68, thanks to a birdie on the 18th.

The overall score of four-under 280 fetched him a cheque of 110,000 euros.

India’s other contender, Jeev Milkha Singh, started the day at tied fifth place, but never really got going and ended with a one-over 72 that saw him finish tied 12th.

Graeme Storm played a flawless round of five-under 66 and came from five shots behind overnight way below to emerge champion.

A first-time winner, Storm won by a shot from the third round leader, Denmark’s Sxren Hansen. Storm totalled seven-under par total of 277.

Randhawa moves up to 17th on the European Order of Merit and it was his sixth top-10 finish on the European Tour this season.

Chopra, Atwal falter

At Grand Blanc (USA), disappointment was in store for Indian fans at the Buick Open as Daniel Chopra finished tied 49th, while Arjun Atwalhad to settle for the joint 70th spot.

Stages recovery

At the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Atwal, who struggled with his finish for the last three days, had a better showing in the final round. Atwal, who shot an even par round of 72 for a total of two-under 286, ultimately paid through the nose for his miserable front nine.

Chopra, who is having a better season, had four birdies in his front nine. But, while he was cruising along well, three bogeys, two of them on the back nine, besides a double bogey saw him end at 72 for a total of six-under 282. — PTI

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