Abu Dhabi Open: Jeev shoots flawless 66, finishes 26th with Jyoti

January 18th, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Jan 18 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh reserved his best for the last and shot a flawless round of six-under 66 to rise to tied 26th as the Abu Dhabi Open Sunday. Jeev ended at 11-under 277. Also tied in the 26th place with him was fellow Indian Jyoti Randhawa (69), who dropped from overnight 20th by six places.

Shiv Kapur, the third Indian to make the cut, also shot a fine final round of five-under 67 to give himself a big morale booster for next week, as he ended with two-under 286 in 62nd place.

Both Jeev and Jyoti earned 13,751 euros each, while Kapur took 3,676 euros.

Paul Casey of England held off a great challenge from defending champion German Martin Kaymer (67)and South African Louis Oosthuizen (64) to the title by one shot.

Jeev had three birdies on either side of the turn. On the front nine he picked shots on the fourth, fifth and eighth and on the back nine he tenth, 12th and 18th.

“That final round score was satisfying, but I left too many putts out there. I hit the ball solid all week and today I had 16 greens in regulation.”

Randhawa opened with a bogey but birdied fifth, seventh and eighth to turn in two-under. On the back nine, he birdied 11th and 18th, but dropped a shot on 13th.

Kapur had a bogey free round with birdies on second and fourth and then on 10th, 13th and 15th for his best round of the week.

Casey had a final round of two-under 70, despite three bogeys between the 11th and 14th and he stayed afloat with four pars on last four holes and held off Kaymer who closed with an eagle. Casey ended at 21-under 265, while Kaymer finished at 20-under, the same as Oosthuizen.

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