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Tabuena pips Rashid by one shot for DGC title

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For 32 holes stretching again to Saturday, Rashid Khan’s pole place remained largely unchallenged. Chasing his third win on the Asian Tour, the 32-year-old house contender met his match within the ultimate holes with Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena snatching a one-stroke win in fading mild to stroll away because the DGC Open champion.

Miguel Tabuena(Twitter)
Miguel Tabuena(Twitter)

It had appeared like a simple ultimate day in Rashid’s bid for a win for the higher a part of the day. However it changed into a see-sawing contest on the opposite facet of a 77-minute climate interruption – rain halted the competition on Saturday too — as Tabuena caught up with Rashid and went forward, the 28-year-old turning into the primary Filipino since 1969 to win in India.

Ben Arda, a nine-time winner on the Asian Tour, was the final man from the Philippines to take high honours in India when he received the Indian Open at Kolkata’s RCGC.

Holding a three-shot lead in a single day, Rashid solely managed a good par 72 on Sunday whereas Tabuena shot an excellent, bogey-free 65 to complete 12-under for the event. Ultimately, bogeys on the fifteenth and seventeenth holes harm Rashid with a birdie end proving solely good to complete second, one shot away from Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat (10-under). S Chikkarangappa (8-under 280) and SSP Chawrasia (bogey-free 7-under 281) completed fourth and fifth respectively.

Rashid had a sedate begin, not like the rousing Day 3 he had. His first birdie arrived solely on the par-5 eighth gap earlier than he went one-over on the again 9. Six photographs behind the chief to begin the day, Tabuena’s nice momentum, capped by back-to-back birdies on the fifteenth and sixteenth carried him previous Rashid.

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“I do not really feel I used to be conservative or too protected right now. Had I been ultra-aggressive, I might have carded far worse,” Rashid stated. “The important thing on this course is driving and that’s one space the place I fell quick right now. I used to be driving effectively on the apply tees however simply couldn’t belief the turf.”

In contrast to Rashid, Tabuena, who went bogey-free within the first spherical too on the slim fairways, fired three birdies on the entrance 9. Progressively climbing the leaderboard, he got here into his personal after the climate interruption, the birdie on the fifteenth leaving him one shot behind the chief. Rashid missed a par putt on that gap and the bogey allowed Tabuena to catch up. The 28-year-old nudged forward on the following gap with a decisive birdie. He missed a three-footer for one more birdie on the 18th, however the 4 birdies on the again 9 had delivered the win.

“It’s totally arduous to go for the flag from the tough right here. I informed myself to only hold being strong off the tee and my putter has been fairly sizzling for the previous few tournaments. I additionally capitalised on the par-5s by means of the event,” stated Tabuena.

With two tough holes to go, wresting again his place was going to be powerful and a bogey below stress on the seventeenth extinguished hopes of victory.

“I needed to go for it. I used to be attempting to hit my 8-iron and I thinned it once more and ended up making a bogey,” Rashid stated. An eagle on the 18th would have nonetheless compelled a playoff in a redux of final 12 months, however a birdie is all he managed.

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Making it an general tremendous day for India had been Gaganjeet Bhullar (69), Om Prakash Chouhan (72) and Honey Baisoya (72), who had been all tied for sixth at six-under 282 together with Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai (69).

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