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Rakesh Rao
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GOLF / Chiragh second, gets his biggest pay-cheque

PROUD MOMENT: David Gleeson poses with the trophy after his triumph in the Indian Open golf. — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
PROUD MOMENT: David Gleeson poses with the trophy after his triumph in the Indian Open golf. — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

No nail-biting suspense, no skipped heartbeats, no chewed fingernails. In the end, David Gleeson's record-setting winning tally of 20-under 268 in the $1.25 million Hero Indian Open was a mere confirmation of what looked imminent for the better part of the final round at the Delhi Golf Club course.

Gleeson eased to a three-shot victory despite finding pars on the last 13 holes! Chiragh Kumar, who trailed by a stroke at the start, slipped to a five-stroke deficit at the end of the third hole where he bogeyed in response to Gleeson's 140-yard ‘eagle'. Effectively, the title was won and lost on this hole.

In terms of numerology, No. 3 played an intriguing role in Gleeson's triumph on the third Sunday of the month. This was 33-year-old Gleeson's third Asian Tour title that ended a three-year search. It was on the third hole of the final round that the Taipei-based Australian benefitted from a three-stroke swing.

Thereafter, it was quite clear that the much-anticipated title-race between the two leading contenders was improbable.

“I just capitalised on that momentum-swing. Once I holed out for ‘eagle' with a wedge, I started playing more conservative,” agreed the champion after collecting $198,125.

For the record, Gleeson's winning tally improved upon the previous high of 18-under recorded by USA's Mike Cunning (2003), Singapore's Mardan Mamat (2004) and Jyoti Randhawa (2006), the last named going to win a three-way playoff involving S.S.P. Chowrasia and Vijay Kumar, both aggregating 270.

A sedate-looking Chiragh received $135,625 — the biggest pay-cheque of his career — after a final-hole 12-foot birdie separated him from Ross Bains and Lu Wei-Chih.

After securing his full card for the next season's Asian Tour, Chiragh said, “I'm not dissatisfied with my second-place finish. I do feel that I could have dropped a few more putts and given David a run for his money. But after the third hole today, David simply ran away with it.”

The scores (Indians unless stated): David Gleeson (Aus) (68, 66, 66, 68) 268; Chiragh Kumar (64, 67, 70, 70) 271; Ross Bain (Sco) (65, 72, 68, 67), Lu Wei-Chih (Tpe) (71, 68, 66, 67) 272; Nirat Chapchai (Tha) (69, 67, 71, 67) 274; Boonchu Ruangkit (Tha) (70, 73, 66, 66) 275; S.S.P. Chowrasia (69, 70, 68, 69), Himmat Rai (69, 70, 69, 68) 276.

Other Indians: Manav Jaini (71, 74, 67, 67) 279; Anirban Lahiri (73, 69, 69, 69) 280; Harendra Gupta (72, 66, 71, 72) 281; Shamim Khan (70, 74, 69, 69) 282, Ajeetesh Sandhu (72, 70, 70, 71) 283; Om Prakash Chauhan (69, 74, 70, 71) 284; Mandeo Pathania (74, 70, 72, 69) 285; Sujjan Singh (70, 70, 74, 73), Firoz Ali (71, 72, 73, 71) 287; Gaurav Pratap Singh (72, 72, 66, 78) 288; Abhishek Jha (71, 73, 72, 75) 291; Vinod Kumar (74, 69, 75, 74) 292; Gaurav Ghei (73, 72, 76, 73) 294; Raju Ali (70, 73, 73, 79) 295; Gurki Shergill (69, 76, 74, 76), Digvijay Singh (72, 72, 76, 75) 295; Vikrant Gupta (72, 70, 80, 75) 297 .

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