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

AFP , NEW DELHI

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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