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Published: Sunday April 27, 2014 MYT 8:59:00 PM
Updated: Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 1:22:50 AM

Anirban captures Indonesian Masters by one shot

JAKARTA: India’s Anirban Lahiri won his fourth Asian Tour title and first outside India with a spectacular eagle putt on the last hole to win the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters by a stroke.

The 26-year-old Indian, who is getting married next month, survived a gamut of emotions on the final day before breaking away from the chasing pack to seal victory with a four-under 68 for a 17-under 271 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club yesterday.

South Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun enjoyed a stroke of fortune despite carrying an elbow injury when he finished second alongside Australian rookie Cameron Smith after signing off with a 65 for a 272 total.

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand showed he is inching his way back into the winner’s circle again by finishing fourth after carding a 68 for a 15-under 273.

Starting the day with a shot behind Smith, Anirban went out quickly by firing three successive birdies starting from the second hole.

He stumbled with a bogey-five on the fifth hole but recovered with another birdie on 12.

However, a double-bogey six on 13 after a lengthy three-hour rain delay saw the Indian ride out a tense finish.

“I had an awkward lie on 13. During the rain delay I was just thinking that I have to get up and down there. I got a bad break there but I know Lin Wen-tang dropped a shot as well. Unfortunately, I got a double bogey there but I am glad I came back strongly,” said Anirban.

With Seuk-hyun holding the clubhouse lead at 16-under, Anirban knew he had to produce a superlative effort on 18 to get the outright win.

“My mind was blank when I prepared for the last putt on 18. All I told myself was I had to get it into the hole. When I was walking up to the greens, I was actually thinking if I need to prepare for a playoff tomorrow morning,” said Anirban.

The Indian did not disappoint and screamed in delight when he watched his 20-foot eagle putt sink into the hole.

“It’s really great to get my first win outside of India. I have missed out on it for a long time and I am so glad I managed to do it today. I need the world ranking points so I am really happy I can win this week,” he added.

Danny Chia was Malaysia’s best performer when he finished joint 17th. He shot a final round 70 for an eight-under 280 while Nicholas Fung finished tied 21st after cadring a 71 for a 281 total. Iain Steel, the other Malaysian, finished joint 39th after a 73 for a 286 total. 

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