Digvijay Singh,who was in contention through the first half of the week,was unable to weather the amazing final round from Australias Scott Hend,as the Indian finished tied 10th at the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic.
Hend charged from six-shots back to win the title by three strokes. He shot a stunning 8-under-par 64 in the final round,just as newcomer Bryan Easton of South Africa (64) did,but Hends earlier good work in the week carried the day for him.
Digvijay (71) slipped to 10th after being in top-5 for the first three rounds. Digvijay totaled 13-under 275.
Shiv Kapur (70) stayed at his overnight tied 26th. Anirban Lahiri (68) was the only Indian to move up from tied 26th to 14th at 12-under,while Himmat Rai (75) also slipped down to tied 45.
Bhullar fizzles out
Meanwhile,it was quite a disappointing end to the tournament for Gaganjeet Bhullar,who had a stunning 65 on third day just could not get going and faltered with a one-over 73 with two double bogeys to drop to tied 26th.I didnt putt very well,missed a short one on eighth and missed a par save on the ninth. Missed a few short putts. Didnt feel good with the putting. My putting speed was out. My line reading was a bit out. Still,overall a good week. Quite happy with how I held myself on the course, Digvijay said.
Big-hitting Hend earned his third Asian Tour title in front of large crowds at the Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai,taking home the winners cheque of $135,000 with his four-day total of 20-under-par 268.
Easton,playing in his first Asian Tour event,also shot a 64 to take second place while a faltering Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand,who led by five overnight,settled for third on 272 after a day to forget when he soared to a 74 in the $750,000 full-field Asian Tour tournament.
Chinas Hu Mu continued as he took fourth place following a 68 as he posted his first top-five finish.