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Former caddie wins Indian Masters

By SANDEEP NAKAI
Associated Press

NEW DELHI – Former caddie S.S.P Chowrasia of India clinched the Indian Masters title with a 5-under-67 Sunday at the Delhi Golf Club.

The 29-year-old had a bogey-free final round to win his maiden European Tour title. He finished at 9-under 279, two strokes ahead of Ireland’s Damien McGrane.

Chowrasia surged into the lead with three birdies over the first four holes.

“This is the biggest achievement of my life, it’s beyond my expectations,” said Chowrasia, the son of a greenskeeper at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

“I can’t describe my emotions as it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” he said. “Playing the last few holes, I realized the title was within my grasp.

“Playing safe and keeping my calm was important at that stage, so I kept my cool,” he said.

McGrane shot a 70 with three bogies and five birdies to finish two shots ahead of Jose Manuel Lara. The Spaniard had a 72.

Overnight leader Raphael Jacquelin of France shot a 74 to leave him five strokes back, in tied fourth with local Digvijay Singh.

World No. 4 and two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els shot a 71 and finished in a five-way tie for the sixth along with Thomas Bjorn, Gaurav Ghei, Maarten Lafeber and Ross McGowan.

Els was unable to recover from a disappointing opening round, which featured a quadruple-bogey 9.

The $2.5 million Indian Masters was jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour on which Chowrasia plays regularly, but without previously winning a title.

Final scores with relation to par and earnings from the Emaar-MGFIndian Masters, played Feb. 7-10 at the par-72, 7,014-yard Delhi (India) Golf Club (Note: a-amateur):

1. S.S.P Chowrasia E280,561
70-71-71-67–279

-9 2. Damien McGrane 187,039
67-69-75-70–281

-7 3. Jose Manuel Lara 105,381
68-72-71-72–283

-5 4. Raphael Jacquelin 77,773
69-69-72-74–284

-4 4. Digvijay Singh 77,773
70-70-74-70–284

-4 6. Thomas Bjorn 44,576
68-72-74-71–285

-3 6. Ernie Els 44,576
75-70-69-71–285

-3 6. Gaurav Ghei 44,576
75-69-70-71–285

-3 6. Maarten Lafeber 44,576
69-71-73-72–285

-3 6. Ross McGowan 44,576
72-71-70-72–285

-3 11. Soren Kjeldsen 30,974
74-71-75-66–286

-2 12. Hendrik Buhrmann 27,271
69-69-75-74–287

-1 12. Brendan Jones 27,271
74-68-76-69–287

-1 12. Graeme McDowell 27,271
69-69-73-76–287

-1 15. Arjun Atwal 23,231
70-70-72-76–288

E 15. Benn Barham 23,231
69-71-74-74–288

E 15. Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 23,231
71-73-75-69–288

E 15. Henrik Nystrom 23,231
70-71-74-73–288

E 19. Scott Hend 20,201
71-74-73-71–289
+ 1 19. Mark O’Meara 20,201
69-73-74-73–289
+ 1 19. Martin Wiegele 20,201
75-68-73-73–289
+ 1 22. Ross Bain 17,507
71-71-72-76–290
+ 2 22. Peter Baker 17,507
73-71-74-72–290
+ 2 22. Christian Cevaer 17,507
71-75-74-70–290
+ 2 22. Robert-Jan Derksen 17,507
74-72-73-71–290
+ 2 22. Oliver Fisher 17,507
73-71-73-73–290
+ 2 22. David Lynn 17,507
69-75-74-72–290
+ 2 22. Jyoti Randhawa 17,507
65-77-75-73–290
+ 2 29. Adam Groom 14,982
72-73-74-72–291
+ 3 29. Sam Little 14,982
70-75-74-72–291
+ 3 29. Unho Park 14,982
71-72-76-72–291
+ 3 32. Mikael Lundberg 13,467
71-68-79-74–292
+ 4 32. Simon Wakefield 13,467
74-68-78-72–292
+ 4 32. Simon Yates 13,467
70-74-72-76–292
+ 4 35. Mark Brown 12,289
71-75-71-76–293
+ 5 35. Amandeep Johl 12,289
73-71-76-73–293
+ 5 35. Prayad Marksaeng 12,289
74-73-78-68–293
+ 5 38. Scott Barr 10,774
73-73-75-73–294
+ 6 38. Marcus Fraser 10,774
73-69-76-76–294
+ 6 38. Randhir Singh Ghotra 10,774
74-73-70-77–294
+ 6 38. Keith Horne 10,774
70-73-80-71–294
+ 6 38. Shiv Kapur 10,774
68-78-76-72–294
+ 6 38. Alexander Noren 10,774
72-74-75-73–294
+ 6 44. Simon Khan 9,090
70-75-73-77–295
+ 7 44. Prom Meesawat 9,090
71-74-76-74–295
+ 7 44. C. Muniyappa 9,090
69-77-77-72–295
+ 7 44. Fabrizio Zanotti 9,090
71-76-77-71–295
+ 7 48. Phillip Archer 7,239
74-69-76-77–296
+ 8 48. Magnus A. Carlsson 7,239
70-76-75-75–296
+ 8 48. Stephen Gallacher 7,239
71-72-74-79–296
+ 8 48. Joakim Haeggman 7,239
74-69-73-80–296
+ 8 48. Shamim Khan 7,239
73-74-76-73–296
+ 8 48. Jarmo Sandelin 7,239
73-70-77-76–296
+ 8 48. Leif Westerberg 7,239
73-71-75-77–296
+ 8 55. Andrew Coltart 5,724
76-69-71-81–297
+ 9 55. Ashok Kumar 5,724
72-73-75-77–297
+ 9 57. Adam Blyth 5,050
74-71-71-82–298
+ 10 57. Carlos Rodiles 5,050
74-70-81-73–298
+ 10 57. Jong-Yul Suk 5,050
70-74-80-74–298
+ 10 60. Jose-Filipe Lima 4,714
72-71-79-77–299
+ 11 61. Ali Sher 4,545
77-70-78-75–300
+ 12 62. Alvaro Quiros Garcia 4,377
69-75-76-81–301
+ 13 63. Darren Clarke 4,208
72-69-79-82–302
+ 14 64. Richard Finch 3,956
67-77-85-74–303
+ 15 64. Harmeet Kahlon 3,956
70-75-83-75–303
+ 15 66. Airil Rizman 3,703
74-72-81-77–304
+ 16 67. Rahul Ganapathy 3,535
76-71-78-84–309
+ 21 68. Anthony Kang 3,367
72-72-82-84–310
+ 22 69. Sung Lee 3,198
75-72-75-89–311
+ 23 70. Emanuele Canonica

72-71-77-WD

• • •

Missed the cut

71. Gaganjeet Bhullar

75-73–148
+ 4 71. Rahil Gangjee

72-76–148
+ 4 71. Sanjay Kumar

75-73–148
+ 4 71. Mardan Mamat

74-74–148
+ 4 71. Chinnarat Phadungsil

69-79–148
+ 4 76. Naman Dawar

74-75–149
+ 5 76. Stuart Manley

75-74–149
+ 5 76. Iain Steel

73-76–149
+ 5 76. Carl Suneson

75-74–149
+ 5 76. Oliver Wilson

71-78–149
+ 5 81. Felipe Aguilar

75-75–150
+ 6 81. Jamie Donaldson

76-74–150
+ 6 81. Mark Foster

75-75–150
+ 6 81. David Horsey

78-72–150
+ 6 81. Chapchai Nirat

72-78–150
+ 6 81. Uttam Singh Mundy

75-75–150
+ 6 81. Scott Strange

72-78–150
+ 6 88. Garry Houston

77-74–151
+ 7 88. Mukesh Kumar

73-78–151
+ 7 88. Jaiveer S. Virk

79-72–151
+ 7 91. David Howell

74-78–152
+ 8 91. Michael Lorenzo-Vera

75-77–152
+ 8 91. Jean-Francois Lucquin

76-76–152
+ 8 91. Joost Luiten

77-75–152
+ 8 91. Zane Scotland

75-77–152
+ 8 91. Arjun Singh

75-77–152
+ 8 91. Ranjit Singh

75-77–152
+ 8 91. Mads Vibe-Hastrup

74-78–152
+ 8 91. Thaworn Wiratchant

76-76–152
+ 8 100. Harendra P. Gupta

79-74–153
+ 9 100. Amardip Sinh Malik

75-78–153
+ 9 102. Vivek Bhandari

78-76–154
+ 10 102. Bae Sang-Moon

76-78–154
+ 10 102. Jeev Milkha Singh

77-77–154
+ 10 102. Kane Webber

75-79–154
+ 10 102. Peter Whiteford

72-82–154
+ 10 107. Jason Knutzon

76-79–155
+ 11 107. A.S. Lehal

75-80–155
+ 11 109. Robert Dinwiddie

79-78–157
+ 13 109. Vijay Kumar

76-81–157
+ 13 109. Pablo Larrazabal

73-84–157
+ 13 112. Kyung-Tae Kim

80-78–158
+ 14 112. Chawalit Plaphol

78-80–158
+ 14 112. Gary Simpson

80-78–158
+ 14 115. a-Abhishek Jha

78-81–159
+ 15 116. G. Fernandez-Castano

83-78–161
+ 17 116. a-Simarjeet Singh

82-79–161
+ 17 118. Gavin Flint

80-83–163
+ 19 WD. Tony Carolan

WD. Chris Rodgers

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