Chawrasia wins Indian Open

Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia produced a closing one-under-par 71 to hold off Anirban Lahiri and Jeunghun Wang to win the Hero Indian Open on Sunday at the Delhi golf club.

Chawrasia kept his nerve to claim a third European Tour title by two shots in a round where he dropped shots on the sixth and tenth holes but birdied the eighth, 13th and 18th holes.

Lahiri had held a tie for the lead when he shot a 69 while Wang recorded a closing 68 but neither could catch Chawrasia who won with a 15-under 273 total.

“This is very important for me because I get a full card and most probably I’m playing the Olympics and the World Cup also so it’s very, very important for me,” Chawrasia said after his win.

“I saved lots of shots this week and that obviously helped me a lot because I made lots of tough up-and-downs like I hit twice yesterday. It’s a good key to come back.”

Lahiri of India birdied his first three holes and the 14th but dropped a shot on the par-four ninth.

South Korean Wang never dropped a shot on the final day in his round of 68 with birdies on the third, fourth, eighth and 14th holes.

And Chawrasia was crowned champion thanks to a brilliant approach to the 18th from the rough which produced a birdie to get him to 15-under.

Filipino Angelo Que finished on 12-under after a brilliant 65, alongside Brazil’s Adilson da Silva who closed with a 69.

Frenchman Grégory Havret, American Daniel Im, Indian Rashid Khan and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja all finished the week five shots behind the leader.