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Randhawa wins Indian in playoff

AP , NEW DELHI

India's ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa enjoyed yet another success at home yesterday as he beat compatriot Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia in the second playoff hole to lift his second Hero Honda Indian Open title.

Randhawa and Chowrasia were tied on Sunday at 18-under 270 as they couldn't finish due to fading light in the US$400,000 event.

They returned yesterday in a rare fifth-day finish.

Randhawa won the title with a simple 60cm birdie put on the par five 18th playoff hole after Chowrasia missed his 3m putt for birdie. Randhawa picked up a US$63,400 prize.

After resumption of the second extra hole yesterday, Randhawa raced ahead with a solid drive off the tee.

Using a four iron, he reached the green as he left the ball 13m away from the pin.

Randhawa came close to winning in the nail-biting playoff on Sunday, but he missed a 1m birdie putt.

Chowrasia's birdie attempt from 5m narrowly missed the cup.

"I couldn't sleep on Sunday night after missing that four-foot [1.2m] putt. I realized that I had started thinking about the win, rather than doing my job," said Randhawa, looking relaxed with a big smile after winning his sixth Asian Tour title.

"Chowrasia is younger and he will have his chances. He has been the find this year on the Asian Tour and he has the right attitude and is always smiling and plays very well," Randhawa said about his rival.

Chowrasia said he slept well despite the playoff extending until yesterday.

"I am happy with my play," he said.

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