Jyoti Randhawa beat Australian Terry Pilkadaris in a play-off to lift the US$ 550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia title in Kuala Lumpur today.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
New Delhi:Jyoti Randhawa won one of the most memorable showdowns in recent times when he beat Australian Terry Pilkadaris in a play-off to lift the US$ 550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia title in Kuala Lumpur today. Randhawa slammed a 15-foot birdie putt in the second hole of a sudden-death shootout at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club to end the Asian Tour season on a glorious note. First success The Indian's victory, worth US$99,000, was his first success this year and prevented Pilkadaris from a third title in four months. The Aussie hauled himself into contention with an impressive seven-under-par 65 in the final round but Randhawa forced a play-off by holing an eight-foot birdie at the par five 18th in regulation en route to a 67, according to information received here. Overnight co-leaders Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Wang Ter-chang of Chinese Taipei shared third place after an identical 72 while Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, last year's Volvo Masters of Asia winner, finished fifth which was enough for him to lift the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown. In the play-off, Randhawa and Pilkadaris birdied the first extra hole, played on the 18th. Pilkadaris looked to have wrapped it up by setting up a seven-foot birdie chance while Randhawa sent his chip well past the flag. But in a stunning turnaround, the Indian star rolled home his putt and with the pressure on, Pilkadaris agonisingly missed his attempt, bringing an end to the gripping contest. (PTI)