HONG KONG (AFP) – India’s Anirban Lahiri secured a one-stroke victory at the US$900,000 Macau Open after frontrunner Scott Hend of Australia bogeyed the last hole on Sunday.
Lahiri started the final round two shots behind the overnight leader Hend and trailed by four at one stage at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
But he rallied on the home stretch to beat Hend and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, signing for a final round of five-under-par 66, which included six birdies, and a winning aggregate of 17-under-par 267.
Hend, the defending champion who arrived in Macau in top form after winning the Hong Kong Open last week, lipped out a par putt from four feet on the 72nd hole. He settled for a 69 while Prom charged up the leaderboard with a 66.
“It’s really special. Hendy was playing great golf and it was sad to see him missing that putt on the last,” said Lahiri, who secured his second win of the season and fifth Asian Tour victory.
“I knew he was playing some good golf and I told myself that I was going to keep coming back, keep coming back and keep attacking.”