Anirban Lahiri gave himself a great birthday present on the eve of his 26th birthday when he eclipsed Shamim Khan in a playoff to win the PGTI Players Championship being played at the Oxford Golf & Country Club. The two players headed for a playoff after being tied at the top of the leaderboard with total scores of 10-under-278 at the end of the regulation 72 holes. Lahiri finally won after making birdie on the playoff hole even as Khan made par. Lahiri (70-68-71-69),who was overnight fourth and three strokes off the lead,fired five birdies against two bogeys in his final round of 69. Lahiri finally prevailed on the first playoff hole (ninth hole) as Khan struggled to recover after landing his tee shot in the rough. Lahiri found the fairway with his tee shot and then landed his third shot within a foot of the pin to bag a birdie on the par-5 hole. With that shot,the Bangalore-based golfer lifted his 11th professional title which also happened to be his eighth on the PGTI. Khan (71-67-68-72),the overnight leader,made four birdies,two bogeys and a double-bogey in his final round of 72. Sri Lankas Mithun Perera and Rahil Gangjee of Kolkata shared third place with matching totals of eight-under-280.
Written by Express News Service | Published: June 29, 2013 4:25 am