Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Wallace prevails over Johnston in Indian Open play-off

Wallace prevails over Johnston in Indian Open play-off

Argentina's Grillo, who scored four-under 68 after his course-record equalling 65 in the opening round at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, remains top of the leaderboard.

"Anything under par was brilliant and I had a good finish there so it sets me up for tomorrow".

It was heartbreak for Shubhankar Sharma on the final day as he struggled to a three-over 75 to finish tied seventh even as Englishman Matt Wallace bagged his second European Tour title at the Dollars 1,750,000 Hero Indian Open in New Delhi on Sunday.

Wallace's 70 elevated him into contention, while Stephen Gallacher went five under for the day and sits one shot behind the leading pair.

Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who had an overnight four-stroke lead at the top over Shubhankar, had a day to forget as he signed for a six-over 78. Johnston fought back strongly on the back nine and when Wallace bogeyed the hard par-3 18th, "Beef" was in the battle.

Shubhankar Sharma struggled to a three-over 75 to finish tied seventh.

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Unlike Friday, when he looked absolutely unstoppable, Shubhankar had a few ups and downs in round three.

Thereafter, Grillo birdied the ninth but double-bogeyed the 13th and 14th, followed by a bogey on the 15th, to slip dramatically.

"It was very windy today". It was a mixed bag as everything happened.

All in all, a good finish for the spectators and I am sure we are looking forward to the 2019 edition of the Hero Indian Open. I did my best, but it was still two-under-par.

"I made a few bad swings coming in, got a bad bounce on the 17th, but other than that, I think I played pretty solidly".

"The birdie on 10th was fantastic as the hole was played off the back tees".

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Johnston's birdie effort from the left edge of the green looked destined for the hole, but spun around it and stayed out, leaving Wallace two putts for the title. This is a tough course and it is not easy to go low here. He started magnificently by scoring four birdies before making the turn. "It's an open contest going into the last round as there are so many contenders. The people who played well are going to be on top", he said. "That 17th hole was brutal today", said Wallace.

"This title means a world to me". At the fifth hole, as soon as I hit it, I knew I had a birdie chance.

"I asked on 15 what the score was".

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

Ajeetesh Sandhu (74) was the next best Indian after Shubhankar on T26 at two-over-218. If he wins, it would be the fourth time in a row that an Indian would have won the Indian Open following the success of Anirban Lahiri in 2015 and SSP Chawrasia in 2016 and 2017.

Jyoti Randhawa and amateur Kshitij Naveed Kaul were the next best Indians in tied 32nd with totals of five-over 293.

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