Digvijay best among Indians, Lin wins title

March 23rd, 2008 - 7:50 pm ICT by admin  

Chonburi (Thailand), March 23 (IANS) Digvijay Singh turned in his best performance of the week to emerge as the best Indian at the inaugural Asian Tour International golf while Chinese Taipei star Lin Wen-tang battled through inclement weather to lift the title here Sunday. Digvijay carded a four-under 68 that gave him a total of seven-under 281 and a tied 37th place on the final day.

Lin posted his third win in three years on the Asian Tour thanks to a blistering eight-under-par 64 in the final round at the Pattana Golf and Sports Resort.

He had a four-day winning total of 23-under-par 265 for a commanding five-stroke triumph over South Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul who claimed second place after a 71. Lin walked away with the top prize of $47,550.

Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Rahil Gangjee (69) were tied for 44th place, an improvement of 10 places on their overnight position, with identical total of six-under 282, while Gaurav Ghei, the best Indian after three days, slipped to 57th from 50th overnight. Ghei shot an even par 72 for four-under 284.

There was a two-hour suspension of play because of rain and lightning, but Lin Wen Tang was not disturbed.

Lin made a charging run from the start having birdied the first hole followed by an eagle at the par five-second hole. The 34-year-old Lin remained solid at the top firing five more birdies. He was eight under through 15 holes and enjoyed a comfortable three stroke lead over Noh before play was suspended at 1:20pm due to lightning. After a two hour and five minute delay, Noh returned with a double bogey on the 16th hole as Lin sailed through to his third success.

Malaysia’s Ben Leong, the Asian Tour Qualifying School winner, enjoyed his first top-10 finish when he ended in a tie for third spot after a 67 alongside Singapore’s Mardan Mamat who recorded a 68. Also finishing in a tie for third place was Australia’s Marcus Both who eagled the last hole together with American Han Lee and Japan’s Taichiro Kiyota who posted a 67 and 64 respectively.

Lin enjoyed his breakthrough win at the 2006 Taiwan Open and followed up with a top finish at the 2007 Brunei Open. It was a steady season for Lin last year having posted four other top-10 finishes.

Overnight joint leader Noh remained pleased with his result despite his late stumble at the 16th hole.

In-form Japanese player Taichiro Kiyota recorded his second top-10 result this season when he finished in a tie for third place after a solid 64. Kiyota finished runner-up at the Johnnie Walker Classic last month.

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