First-round joint leader Jeev Milkha Singh had to be content with a tied-15th finish after signing off with his worst card of the week in the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament on Sunday.
Jeev began the $2.5 million event in right earnest, carding a four-under 68 in tough conditions, but could not maintain the tempo and his top-10 hopes went up in smoke on Sunday as he went two-over 74 to aggregate four-under 284.
Among other Indians in fray, Shiv Kapur too managed an identical two-over 74, while SSP Chowrasia carded four-over 76 to finish tied-51 and tied-60 respectively. Overnight tied 9th, Jeev had a forgettable front nine and, at the turn, the Indian was two-over, courtesy two bogeys on the second and ninth holes.
On resumption, Jeev tried to pull things back by picking a stroke at the 10th but a 16th-hole bogey brought him back to square one.
Shiv, meanwhile, faltered on both sides of the turn. The Indian dropped bogeys on the first, seventh and 18th holes and sunk a double-bogey at the 12th, against birdies on the sixth, 13th and 15th holes.
However, Chowrasia had the most disappointing day as the Kolkata pro dropped four bogeys and a double-bogey and had just two birdies — one on each side of the turn.
At the top, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez (72) eclipsed Lee Westwood (72) of England in a sudden-death play-off to emerge champion, while one stroke behind was Thongchai Jaidee (73) of Thailand.