Indonesian Masters: Anirban Lahiri snatches victory with eagle at final hole
Last Updated: 27/04/14 5:26pm
Anirban Lahiri with the trophy
Anirban Lahiri holed a spectacular eagle putt on the last hole to win the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters by a shot.
The 26-year-old Indian, who is getting married next month, survived a gamut of emotions on the final day before sealing victory with a four-under-par 68 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Korea's Baek Seuk-hyun finished second alongside Australian rookie Cameron Smith after signing off with a 65.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand showed he is inching his way back into the winner's circle again with a fourth placed finish.
Starting the day trailing by a single shot behind Smith, Lahiri went out quickly by firing three successive birdies from the second hole.
He stumbled with a bogey on the fifth hole but recovered with another birdie on 12.
However a double-bogey six on 13 after a lengthy three-hour rain delay saw the Indian ride out a tense finish as a host of marquee players from the Asian Tour wrestled for the lead.
"I had an awkward lie on 13. During the rain delay I was just thinking that I have to get up and down. Unfortunately I got a double bogey there but I am glad I came back strong," said Lahiri.
With Baek holding the clubhouse lead at 16-under, Lahiri knew he had to make birdie at 18 to make a play-off or produce something special to get the outright win.
"My mind was blank when I prepared for the last (eagle) putt on 18. All I told myself was I had to get it into the hole. When I was walking up to the green, I was actually thinking if I need to prepare for a play-off tomorrow morning," said Lahiri.
Lahiri did find some magic though and screamed in delight when he watched his 20ft eagle putt disappear into the hole for a winning total of 17-under-par 271.
"It's really great to get my first win outside of India. I have missed out on it for a long time and I am so glad I managed to do it today. I need the world ranking points so I am really happy I can win this week," said Lahiri after banking his fourth Asian Tour title.