Jyoti Randhawa came agonisingly close to his eighth career victory,only to settle for a share of the second place after American Anthony Kang pipped him to the post in the Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament on Sunday.
Randhawa signed off with a sensational six-under 66 to finish just one shot behind Kang,who ended an eight-year title drought after a five-under 67 gave him a winning total of 17-under 271.
Kang bogeyed the 15th hole to slip back into a tie of the lead in the two million-dollar event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour but produced a majestic birdie on the final 18th hole to overcome the challenges of Randhawa,Prayad Marksaeng,David Horsey and Miles Tunnicliff,who shared the second spot at 16-under 272.
Randhawa charged up the leaderboard in style but came up one short in the end. He needed to hole a 50-foot eagle chance on the last to get to 17-under,but came up short in his bid for an eighth career win. I had to shoot around eight-under to win but I came close. I needed to make birdies coming in but I was happy, said the Indian.
It was a sizzling round by the Indian,who got off with a birdie hat-trick and reeled off five more birdies on his back nine,but a pair of bogeys on his way back eventually scuttled his title hopes.