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Thaworn triumphs in Indian Open golf

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.


Thaworn Wiratchant

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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