Home favourite Shiv Chawrasia won the Indian Open for the first time in his career on Sunday after previously finishing as runner up at the event on four occasions. Chawrasia shot a solid final round of 71 to finish on 15-under-par, which was enough to edge out fellow compatriot Anirban Lahiri by two shots.
Chawrasia was the overnight leader after rounds of 67, 67 and 68 at the Delhi Golf Club but he struggled early on and gave two shots back to the field following bogeys on the sixth and tenth. In contrast, his playing partner Lahiri appeared to be firing on all cylinders after recording three birdies in the first three holes.
The duo were alone in battling for the lead and there was little to separate them as both players posted a string of pars from the back nine onwards. Chawrasia’s birdie on the 13th sent him clear by one and he took that advantage into the final hole after scrambling for pars at the 15th, 16th and 17th while Lahiri struggled to find an elusive birdie.
Chawrasia found the fairway from the tee on the 18th but hooked his second shot into the rough. The 37-year-old then produced one of the shots of the tournament as his approach pitched just five foot short of the flag, prompting his playing partner to give him a round of applause. Lahiri found the green in two but missed his birdie putt as Chawrasia was crowned champion.
“I was a four-time runner-up in this event and I was thinking for a very long time, I have to win this tournament,” Chawrasia said. “That’s my dream and I got it.”
South Korean Jeung Hun Wang finished in joint second alongside Lahiri as a late flurry of birdies helped him to a fine 68 while Angelo Que was a further shot back after posting the low round of the day.