Jeev Milkha Singh’s nightmarish back nine with three bogeys and one double bogey saw him slip to a card of 74 and ended tied 32nd in the Reale Seguros Open de Espana here. The Indian golfer had one bogey against two birdies in the front nine,but had a rough time on the return journey.
Jeev had rounds of 73,74,71 and 74 for a total of four-over 292 last night. The title went to Francesco Molinari,whose brilliant closing round of 65 earned him a third European Tour title. The Italian Ryder Cup player turned a four stroke deficit into a three shot win with his brilliant seven under par effort at Reale Club de Golf de Sevilla. Molinari produced the best round of the week. Overnight leader Simon Dyson could only manage a 76 – and that after birdies at the first two holes. Seven birdies in the first 14 holes and then four closing pars gave Molinari,29,the first prize of more than 333,330 euros with an eight under par aggregate.
Meanwhile, Arjun Atwal landed two eagles in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championships to finish tied 21st in what has been best result of an otherwise dismal season. Atwal,who ballooned to a 75 on third day,shot three-under 69 with two eagles,three birdies but also had four bogeys,including three in a four-hole span between ninth and 12th. Atwal,seven-under for the week,has made only two cuts in12 starts,but this result could well turn around things for him. Meanwhile,Rickie Fowler (69) grabbed his first PGA Tour titles beating Rory McIlroy and DA Points in a three-way play-off at the Quail Hollow Club.
Fowler,a colourful dresser,gambled with a 51-degree wedge on the 18th that had given away only four birdies during the day. He came within four feet of a birdie and when he holed it he beat McIlroy and Points. But McIlroy,tied second returned to No. 1 in the world. It was ironic since he used Quail Hollow as a place from where he took off for stardom,winning here two years ago.