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Digvijay Singh ends 12-year title wait

AFP, NEW DELHI

Digvijay Singh made a late charge to close with a flawless six-under par-66 and end an agonizing 12-year wait for his maiden Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India in New Delhi yesterday.

Singh produced a grandstand finish with a 12-foot birdie putt on the last to defeat Siddikur of Bangladesh and fellow Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar by two shots at the US$300,000 event.

Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit rolled back the years with a 67 to finish in fourth place, while overnight leader Ashok Kumar was in contention before dropping four shots in the last six holes at Delhi Golf Club.

Singh, who was three shots back at the start of the day, came surging into contention with a superb back nine highlighted by birdies on holes 13, 14, 16 and 18, to the delight of the home crowd. The 40-year-old pocketed US$47,500 for his troubles and it represents a remarkable reverse in fortunes after he lost his Asian Tour card last year.

Bhullar, a two-time Asian Tour winner, was in contention for most of the round, but had to settle for second.

Taiwanese golfer Chan Shi shot a two-over 74 for a four-day total of 15-over 303, earning him a total purse of US$855.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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