Golfer Chawrasia finishes tied 5th, Gangjee joint 15th in Myanmar

Yangon, Feb 7 (IANS) Seasoned Indian golfer S.S.P. Chawrasia finished tied fifth following a two-under 70, while Rahil Gangjee carded 72 to be joint 15th after the fourth and final round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open here on Sunday.

Chawrasia, who had scores of 66, 66 and 68 in the first three rounds, took his total to 18-under 270 after the final round that saw him score four birdies (10th, 14th, 18th holes) against two bogeys (eighth and 12th).

Gangjee got a four-day total of 13-under 275 (71-66-66-72) as he dropped nine places to be 15th at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.

Himmat Rai (69), Arjun Atwal (73) and Rashid Khan (73) shared the 26th spot on 10-under 278 total, while Shiv Kapur (71) was nine spots behind them on 279.

The winner was South Africa’s Shaun Norris, who kept his composure and shrugged off the challenges of his closest rivals by carding a 71.

The South African was a bundle of nerves in his front-nine but regained his advantage with a flawless inward-nine which helped clinch his second title on the Asian Tour by four shots.

Japan’s Azuma Yano had to settle for second place with South Korea’s Junwon Park after he signed off with a 68 at Myanmar’s richest sport event. South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang closed with a 69 to finish in fourth.

Despite holding a seven-shot advantage overnight, victory was not straight forward for Norris as he went out in 38 with two birdies and four bogeys.

“The conditions were not easy from the start. When I stepped out of the hotel this morning, it was gusty.

“I knew scoring was not going to be easy. I tried to give myself chances early but I hit several bad shots in the wrong places. The wind really got me in the front-nine and confused me,” said Norris in an Asian Tour release.

Norris saw his lead cut to three at the turn and it took a crucial birdie on the par-three 11th hole to finally turn his fortunes around.

Norris then carded another pair of birdies on 14th and 15th to widen his lead and eventually seal victory.

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