New Delhi: Local favourite Digvijay Singh closed with a flawless six-under-par 66 to end an agonising 12-year wait for his maiden Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India in New Delhi on Sunday.
Singh produced a grandstand finish with a 12-foot birdie putt on the last to defeat Asian Tour winners Mohammad Siddikur of Bangladesh and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India by two shots at the $300,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGTI.
Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit rolled back the years with a 67 to finish in fourth place while overnight leader Ashok Kumar was in contention before dropping four shots in the last six holes at the Delhi Golf Club. He ended his campaign in tied eighth place.
"This is very special for me. There's no feeling better than winning an Asian Tour title in India at the Delhi Golf Club. I've won on the local circuit before but this takes the cake," Digvijay said.
Singh, who was three shots back at the start of the day, came charging home with a superb back nine highlighted by birdies on holes 13, 14, 16 and 18 to the delight of the home crowd.
"The 13th hole was the turning point that got me going. I made my second birdie of the day on hole seven and couldn't convert anything until the birdie on 13. From then on, the birdies starting flowing in," he smiled.
"I wasn't disheartened when I lost my Asian Tour card last year. I told myself, this is where I'm and I should make the most of it. It was frustrating that everybody has won it except me but I'm glad I've done it," added the 40-year-old.