What a finish the 50th edition of the Hero Indian Open had. The tense finish was really thrilling for the fans. Even though I know Siddikur well and admire his game,I wish the 50th edition had gone to an Indian. SSP Chowrasia was within four or five feet of getting into a play-off and Anirban Lahiri,too,fell just short. They were both tied second.
Chowrasia was smiling but it must have been disappointing with his third runner-up finish in Indian Open.
Yet hats off to Siddikur. The man was amasing over three days and when things were not going his way on the final day,he held his nerves and went on to win.
He dropped bogeys and even a triple on 15th,yet he held on and birdied the 17th and edged ahead. That showed he was really so determined. He had finished in the top-ten six out of eight times he has played this course as a professional. He overcame that mental block and did not allow it to get to him.
This is the quality that Siddikur has in abundance. He believes to a fault that regardless of anything that might happen he will win. Win he did and how! That birdie on the 17th was a humdinger. Had Siddikur missed that putt he would have most certainly gone into a play-off.
Coming back,I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Chowrasia and Anirban for finishing tied-second. This is Chowrasias third runner-up finish at the Indian Open. He must feel frustrated to watch a different golfer pick up the trophy each time,after he has done all the hard work for four straight days. He would do well to take a leaf out of Siddikurs book. Patience is the watchword here. Chowrasia is too good a golfer not to break this jinx.
What can I say about my dear friend Anirban? We started playing golf almost at the same time and have spent years playing with and against each other. Now we wilsl play as a team in Australia at the World Cup and will also play a tournament before that in Australia.
He is a tremendous golfer. This,if I am not wrong,is also Anirbans third second place finish on the Asian Tour this season. I am headed to Melbourne with him tonight to compete in first the Australian Masters and then team up to represent India at the World Cup of Golf. His performance here is a huge plus for our team down under.
Finally,a pat on the back for Chiragh Kumar. This little fellow has a big heart. At the Delhi Golf Club in particular,he is as dangerous a customer as they come. Chiragh,I am told has also got his card back for Asian Tour card,as has Rashid Khan,who played some amazing shots mixed with some errors and had two eagles in a round of 72. But his fourth place with Chiragh,has also earned him 2014 card.
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