Matt Wallace wins Hero Indian Open
Matt Wallace won his second European Tour Title with a dramatic playoff victory over Andrew Johnston at the Hero Indian Open.
The Englishman entered the final round tied for the lead with the Indian hope Shubhankar Sharma, who has shown an impeccable improvement and achieved great results all over the world. Wallace posted a final round 68 after leading for the most part of the day, he was matched by Andrew Johnston with 66 in his round, finishing two holes ahead of Wallace.
Matt Wallace wins Hero Indian Open
HE'S DONE IT! 🏆Matt Wallace wins the 2018 Hero Indian Open!
Posted by European Tour on Sunday, March 11, 2018
Wallace required a birdie or better to seal the win but ended with a par on his final round after missing green to the right on his second shot and leaving his chip still far for a birdie and tapped it for the par and joined Johnston for a scheduled playoff.
Wallace hit a huge drive down the 18th on the first extra hole and with Johnston laying up and seeing his birdie putt lip out, the winner had two putts for the title after hitting on the green on his second, which he missed for his final hole, before the playoff.
With this Wallace now has two titles on the European Tour, his previous win came at the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort.
“I played great,” he said. “Ever since being three over through eight at the start of the week I’ve played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off.
“Beef really had a great round today because I was playing fantastic and thought I might have been a few more clear.
“I hit some really good shots and that play-off: I pumped it down there on the last and it went a long way and then a four iron went even further than I thought it would so I was jacked up a bit. To hit two shots like that is exactly why I play the game.
“With the people that were coming up behind me, there were some real class players.
“Beef’s putt on the last should have gone in and it’s just my day today.”
Johnston caught up with the overnight leader on the second, but Wallace was quick to post a birdie on the same from 25-feet to get to eight-under.
Both players birdied the fourth and when Wallace holed a 30-footer to get into double figures on the seventh, he was three ahead of the rest.
Johnston then birdied the eighth, but Wallace kept his lead with a ten-footer for par on the same hole. After Johnston birdied the 9th hole, the gap reduced to two-shots but Wallace posted a chip-in birdie on the 10th to keep his lead intact.
Johnston hit an approach to 12 feet on the 13th, keeping Wallace just two ahead of him and Johnston was quick to cut the gap by one with a birdie on the 17th.
Wallace lost his lead was gone on par-3 16th. He left his tee shot short in the rough and flew his second into a bunker, and lost a shot after up and down on the green.
Following Johnston with three-strokes was American Sihwan Kim with a final round 68, taking his total to 8-under-280.
The man who got up just 38 minutes before his opening round to co-lead it Pablo Larrazabal finished the event for a T-4th position on the board with Austrian Matthias Schwab at 7-under-281.
Opening and second round co-leader Emiliano Grillo dropped two more spots from Saturday for a 6th position on the board at 5-under-283 after a final round of level-par-72.
A lot of hopes were tied with Shubhankar Sharma after he set the course record at DLF Golf and Country Club with a 64 on Friday. Sharma tried hard to keep his momentum after finishing his third round for the share of the lead.
Sharma started his round with a birdie on the second and fourth hole, but things went south for him when he dropped two double-bogeys on fifth and seventh holes and adding just another birdie before the turn for a 37 on the front nine. Troubles did not end for him just there, he added another bogey on the 10th just before a birdie on 11th, followed it with a bogey on 13th, birdie on 14th, double-bogey on 15th, bogey on 16th, and a birdie on his final hole, but it was too late for any comeback.
Sharma posted 3-over-75, his worst round at the event for a T-7th position on the board with Stephen Gallacher who posted 2-over-74 today, taking there totals to 4-under-284.
Sharma is scheduled to return to the USA for his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play this week and has been already invited for The Masters and has been granted sponsors exemption for Valero Texas Open both scheduled in April 2018.
Indians at the Event
Shubhankar Sharma was the best ranked Indian on the field, following him at T-32nd were Jyoti Randhawa and Kshitij Naveed Kaul (Am) with a score of 5-over-293.
Anirban Lahiri finished T-34th at 6-over-294, Khalin Joshi posted a bogey-free round on Saturday and scored 2-over-74 today for a T-40th finish at 7-over-295, and joined by Ajeetesh Sandhu, who was the best ranked Indian at T-7th in the opening round.
Karandeep Kochhar stood T-48th at 9-over and Udayan Mane stood T-52nd at 11-over-299.