Siem Reap, Cambodia: Anirban Lahiri secured his Asian Tour card for 2011 with a solid fourth place finish at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open on Sunday. Lahiri, who was on the bubble at 61st place before this week shot a three-under 69 despite an ugly triple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole.
India’s other challenger Himmat Rai also shot a 69 with four birdies and one bogey for a tied 19th place finish.
Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand showed why he is one of Asia’s best when he won his unprecedented 13th Asian Tour title. He was clearly in a class of his own when he posted a final round seven-under-par 65 to win the $300,000 full-field Asian Tour event by four shots with a total of 21-under-par 267.
While Lahiri’s hopes of winning his maiden Asian Tour title did not materialise this week, he was able to take comfort with his solid play that led him to this third top-10 finish this season. “I only made one mistake today, a triple bogey on the seventh hole but I’m really proud that I made four birdies in a row after that to come back into it,” said Lahiri.
With his Tour card also secured, the 23-year-old Indian is now looking forward to cap his season on a winning note at the season finale Black Mountain Masters next week. He was fourth at the event last year. “I’m happy with the way it has ended up and hopefully it should be enough to secure my Tour card for next year. I played really well in Black Mountain last year and now I’ve got to go there and try and win and get my rankings further up,” said Lahiri.
Japan’s Kenichi Kuboya, who held the lead for three rounds, had to settle for second place after signing off with a 70 for a 271 total.
“I played really solid all week and I’ve no complaints. This is my second win at the Johnnie Walker Cambodia Open and I’m really proud of myself,” said Jaidee.