Macau: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri notched up his second title of the year, lifting the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling final round of the five-under 66 here today.
The superb weekend combination of 67-66 saw Lahiri land his fifth career win on the Asian Tour. The 27-year-old, whose goal this year is to get into the
top-50 of the World Rankings, shot a final round of five-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267 and edge out the in-form and
overnight leader, Scott Hend of Australia (69) and Thai Prom
Meesawat (66) by one stroke.
He had started the week on the 90th spot in the rankings
and could now move up to 72nd.
Lahiri dropped just one bogey in his last 44 holes. He had six birdies, four on the front nine and two on the back nine and his only blemish was the bogey on seventh. His previous bogey came on the first hole, after he started from the tenth on the second day.
A proof of his consistency was that he had two flawless rounds 61 on first day and 67 on third and he wavered only on the second when he dropped five bogeys in his 73.
Among other Indians, Shiv Kapur (67) was eighth at 10-under 274, while Jyoti Randhawa (70) was tied 15th at six-under 278. Jeev Milkha Singh (68) was tied 26th at three-under 285 and SSP Chowrasia (70) was tied 32nd at two-under 286.
Lahiri started the day two shots behind overnight leader, Hend, who was coming fresh off a win in Hong Kong last week.
Lahiri and Hend, both of whom admitted to liking playing with each other - Hend was winner last year with Lahiri second at Macau 2013 - turned in 32 each.