Randhawa finishes seventh at Indonesia Open golf

March 1st, 2009 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Bali, March 1 (IANS) Top Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa coped with a non-co-operative putter, but still managed to post his second top-10 finish of the season as he carded a two-under 70 in the final round to finish tied seventh place at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open here Sunday.
Randhawa finished with a four-day total of eight-under 280 while Thai star Thongchai Jaidee lifted a record 11th title on the Asian Tour when he nailed a strong three-under-par 69 for a winning total of 12-under-par 276 at the New Kuta Golf Resort.

Thongchai walked away with the top prize of $208,330 and rises to second place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, while Randhawa is fourth in the list with just two starts.

Gaurav Ghei (69), Digvijay Singh (71) and Daniel Chopra (69) were all tied for 16th at five-under 283, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) was tied 43rd and S.S.P. Chowrasia (73) was tied 64th at five-over 293.

Randhawa had a great week off the tees and on the fairways, but struggled on the greens. Twice, including the final round, he needed 30 putts, despite reaching more than 75 greens in regulation.

“I could have played better but ending with a top-10 finish over here, I’ll take it. It’s been a good week and I’m looking forward to more strong finishes this year,” said Randhawa, who last month was second at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Randhawa had birdies on second, fourth and 12th and dropped a bogey on 16th, which he had birdied on first two days and eagled on the third. But the story was really about getting to the greens and then not being able to nail the birdies.

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