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Lahiri ends on a high

other Updated: Mar 29, 2009 23:23 IST

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Anirban Lahiri did not come close to the title but the creditable four-under 68 in the final round was enough to earn him a fourth-place finish at the Asian Tour's Black Mountain Masters.

Lahiri signed off with a total of 14-under 274, three shots behind champion Johan Edfors (68)) of Sweden and a stroke adrift of local favourite Prayad Marksaeng (64). Gaganjeet Bhullar sparkled with the day's best card of nine-under 63 to sign off tied fifth with a total of 13-under 275.

Bhullar reeled off nine birdies in a blemish-free performance to be among the top-10. His birdies came on the third, fifth, sixth, seventh, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes. Overnight tied fifth, Lahiri played a bogey-free front-nine, studded with birdies on the third, fifth and sixth holes. His back-nine started as smoothly with a birdie-brace on the 11th and 12th but bogeys on the 12th and 16th pulled him back.

He did manage to gain a shot on the 17th but his title hopes had ended by then.

The other two Indians in fray, Rahil Gangjee (71) and Himmat Rai (72), finished tied 42nd and tied 51st respectively. Gangjee ended with a four-under 284 while Himmat totalled two-under 286.

Jeev slips to T24th

Orlando: On a day when only four players managed to break par, Jeev Milkha Singh found the going tough and stuttered to a four-over 74 in the third round to slip to tied 24th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational here. The Indian's total stood at three-over 213 after yet another tough and windy day at the $5.8m event. Off to a disastrous start with a double bogey on the par-four first hole, Jeev managed just one birdie in his front nine, on the third, before dropping strokes on the fourth and seventh to make the turn three-over.

The back-nine was no better as he dropped three bogeys against a couple of birdies to end the day over-par. American Sean O'Hair took a five-stroke lead after a one-over 71 left him seven-under 203 overall.