India's Lahiri wins maiden European Tour title in Malaysia

Sun Feb 8, 2015 3:19am EST
 
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Indian Anirban Lahiri secured his breakthrough European Tour title by overhauling Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in a dramatic final round of the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Just three months after coming through qualifying school, Lahiri made up five shots on overnight leader Wiesberger before holding his nerve over the last few holes to emerge a winner by a single stroke after carding a four-under-par 68.

"I don't think it's sunk in just yet," said the 27-year-old after finishing 16-under for the tournament.

"But I'm pretty sure when it hits home it’s going to be a really happy moment for me.

"I think I've got a bad habit of making it hard for myself, but I'm happy I got over the line, as ugly as it was toward the end."

Lahiri, who soared into contention with a third round 62 on Saturday, got off to a blistering start at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club by birdying four of his first five holes.

Wiesberger also picked up shots at his first two holes and it was only when the Austrian double bogeyed the par-five seventh that the duel was on.

Lahiri sank a 40-foot putt at the 17th to grab the outright lead for the first time but Wiesberger birdied the 16th to tie the contest up again.

It lasted only one hole before Wiesberger made a mess of his approach shot at the 17th to hand the advantage back to Lahiri.   Continued...