Anirban Lahiri (centre) of India poses with the Indonesian Masters trophy after winning the golf tournament on Sunday. He is flanked by Director of PT CIMB Niaga Bank, Arwin Rasyid (right) and CIMB Group CEO, Dato' Sri Nazir Razak at the Royale Jakarta Club. - EPA
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.