Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant won his third Asian Tour title of the season at the Hero Indian Open yesterday by defeating Scotland’s Richie Ramsay on the first play-off hole. Thaworn birdied the last hole in regulation play when his seven-iron approach shot landed about one foot from the hole as he closed with a five-under-par 66.
Ramsay, the overnight leader, needed a par putt on the last for victory but made a three-putt bogey for a 68 as the pair returned to par for the 18th hole. The Scot then blasted his tee shot into a creek and was penalised. His third shot landed in the back of the green and he chipped to about 10 feet past the hole as he two-putted for a double bogey.
Thaworn, who won the tournament in 2005, made a two-putt bogey for victory after hitting his second shot into the greenside bunker. His win pushed him to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect to win with the way I was driving the ball this week. It means a lot that I've won a second Hero Indian Open title,” he said. The Thai finished with a 14-under-par 270.
Thai Panuphol Pittayarat bogeyed the last hole to finish one shot from the play-off. Shiv Kapur was the best Indian golfer as he shot a 66 for fourth place on 272. Anirban Lahiri was a further two shots back in fifth.
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