Anirban equals course record with 9-under 62

Anirban Lahiri equalled the course record with a sensational nine-under 62 at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Macau | Published: October 21, 2013 4:33:15 am

Anirban Lahiri equalled the course record with a sensational nine-under 62 at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club to finish second at the Venetian Macau Open.

Lahiri fell three short of the Australian Scott Hend,who won his third title of the season by a commanding three strokes. Lahiri,starting the day four-under for 54 holes,cracked eight birdies,an eagle and dropped just one shot to have a shy at the title.

Hend,carrying an overnight four-shot lead over Ernie Els and Siddikur,never allowed anyone to get close.

The big-hitting Hend comfortably held off the chasing pack closing with a four-under-par 67 to for a 16-under-par 268 total to add to his triumphs in Chiangmai and Taipei this year.

Four-time Major champion,Els of South Africa shared third spot with Elmer Salvador of the Philippines after a 67 and 66,respectively. Interestingly,the 26-year-old Lahiri tied countryman Amandeep Johl’s course mark set in 2004.

Other Indians in the fray,Rahil Gangjee (72),lying fourth overnight,slipped to 11th at six-under 278,while Arjun Atwal (70) playing with Lahiri finished tied 13th at five-under 279.

Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (67) played his best round of the week and ended 22nd alongside SSP Chowrasia (69) and Chiragh Kumar (72). Himmat Rai (70) was tied 45th,Ajeetesh Sandhu (70) tied 53rd,Sujjan Singh (72) tied 57th and Shankar Das (76) was tied 63rd.

Lahiri,who finished at 13-under 271 said,“I played really good right from the start. Yesterday was a similar story but I ran into some trouble on the back nine. I’m glad I kept my cool and played solid in the end.”

Kapur finishes tied 2nd

Foshan City (china): Shiv Kapur came within a shot of getting into a play-off but then had to settle for a share of the second place in the Foshan Open on the European Challenge Tour.

Kapur,fighting to get his card for the 2014 European Tour picked up Euro 20,617,which brought him from 36th to 19th place,but he still needs to do some work to get into the top-15 to earn the card. Kapur bookended his round with bogeys on the first and 18th but had five other birdies in between in his round of three-under 69.

Earlier,a nerveless par putt from 12 feet earned Nacho Elvira his first professional title at the Foshan Open and moved him within sight of a place on The European Tour.

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