Wallace trumps Johnston in play-off to win Indian Open

The Indian Open is one of the more important tournaments on the European Tour

England's Matt Wallace carded a four-under 68 to win the Indian Open golf on Sunday (Mar 11) after local favourite Shubhankar Sharma floundered in the final round to squander his joint overnight lead. You can hit great shots, but it can run into the rough or slope.

Matthias Schwab and Andrew Johnston are level with Grillo in a share of fourth.

It was soon tied at the top when Wallace thinned his third shot from the edge of the green into a back bunker at the 16th for his first dropped shot of the day and did well to make a bogey five.

On the 18th, Shubhankar attacked the pin, came up with a clumpy-chip and a superb putt to sign off with a birdie to share the lead.

As for the runaway leader on the first two days, Emiliano Grillo must have realised how hard it is to keep the lead going. I just played some unbelievable golf. It was a mixed bag as everything happened.

Barring the other leader Matt Wallace (two-under 70), none from the top-seven three-man groups managed a sub-par card!

"I feel that my long iron play this week was the best part of my game, so as soon as I was all the way down on the end of the fairway, I was going to hit an iron and go for the green". I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

"I was one-under par after nine holes, which was crucial".

"The birdie on 10th was fantastic as the hole was played off the back tees. The people who played well are going to be on top", he said.

Shubhankar started the fourth round with two birdies through four holes.

Wallace described the DLF course as the toughest he has played on.

"That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week - and year - so far". "Thereafter, it was all about trying to catch up with the lead", Shubhankar said.

I feel unbelievable. It was a hard week and a hard golf course.

"I mean, we all played it differently and managed to find ourselves in the same position".

Wallace closed with a fearless four-under-par-68 (his lowest score of the week) to get to 11-under-par for the tournament.

Barring Shubhankar, none of the Indians had much to boast about on Saturday.

What an exciting day's golf it was at the Hero Indian Open! In what must rank as a disappointment for home fans, only eight Indians made the cut on the lengthened - and testing - course at their national Open, and of those that survived, seven - including 2015 victor Anirban Lahiri (T32, 75) - went over par as conditions continued to test resolve, ability and skill. He is in tied-seven and just three shots behind the leaders along with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal.



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