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Randhawa became only the second player to lift three titles at the Indian Open


Defending champion Jyoti Randhawa became only the second player to lift three titles at the Indian Open yesterday after firing a final round three-under-par 69.

The Indian joined Australian legend Peter Thomson, the only other player to achieve three victories at Delhi Golf Club, winning by three shots with a total of 13-under-par 275.

Taiwan's Chang Tse-peng chased hard with a superb 68 to finish second, while local stalwart Rahil Gangjee grabbed third place.

Australian rookie Mitchell Brown enjoyed his best finish of the season in fourth place following a 67, while overnight co-leader Chapchai Nirat of Thailand settled for a tied fifth place after a disappointing 76 alongside Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh (72) and David Gleeson (72) of Australia.

Randhawa was on cruise mode for most of the round, turning in 35 for a two-shot lead.

But Chang, playing some of his best golf in years, narrowed the gap to one with a birdie on 17, only to see Randhawa respond in the best possible manner when he sensationally holed out an eight iron from 171 yards for a stunning eagle on the par four 16th.

Chang made a brave bid to chase the Indian leader, shooting four birdies before coming up short.

"I tried to keep chasing Jyoti but coming in, I knew that it would be difficult to do so. So I just concentrated hard to finish second which is my best result on Tour in 10 years," Chang said.

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