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Arjun Atwal loses play-off to Dylan Frittelli at Mauritius Open golf

While Arjun Atwal got his best finish in three years since the 2014 win in Dubai Open on the Asian PGA Tour, Shiv Kapur finished tied-16th and SSP Chawrasia was tied tied-27th at the Mauritius Open golf tournament

other sports Updated: Dec 03, 2017 22:13 IST
Press Trust of India
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Arjun Atwal tees off on the first hole of the final round of the Mauritius Open golf tournament at Heritage Golf Club in Bel Ombre, Mauritius, on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Arjun Atwal, who had a share of the lead for first three days, was felled in the first play-off hole by Dylan Frittelli of South Africa in a thrilling final day at the Mauritius Open golf tournament.

Atwal had a chance to come from one shot behind Fritelli to win in regulation but his eagle putt lipped and the birdie put him in a play-off.

Then in the play-off he reached the edge in two, but left his chip shot to about 10 feet and the putt stopped at the lip and Fritteli, also two on, two-putted for birdie at the $1.07 million event sanctioned by the Asian PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour and European PGA Tour. This was his second win of the season.

The 27-year-old Frittelli closed with a four-under-par 67 to finish on 16-under-par 268, which was matched by a battling Atwal, whose 25-foot eagle putt on the last hole hit the side of the cup before spinning past the hole.

As for the other two Indians, Shiv Kapur (70) was T-16th and SSP Chawrasia (70) was T-27th.

Atwal got his best finish in three years since the 2014 win in Dubai Open on Asian Tour. His best since and only top- 10 since then has been T-7 in Taiwan this year.

Atwal said, “I didn’t read the line in my second shot (play-off), didn’t hit a good shot and didn’t hit a great putt. Dylan obviously did the right thing and deserves to win. I’m happy with the way I played this week but right now I’m just disappointed to lose the tournament.”

“You don’t get many chances especially at my age. I’ll take a lot of positives out of this week but right now I’m really mad. To be honest, I haven’t been in that situation in a while.”

Frenchman Romain Langasque posted a 67 to finish in third place on 270 while co-overnight leader Louis De Jager of South Africa ended his campaign in fourth place following a 71.

Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, a winner on the Asian Tour, posted a 71 to claim a share of fifth place after playing through a wrist injury at the Heritage Golf Club.

The 44-year-old Atwal, who will captain Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next year, was disappointed to lose in the play-off after holding at least a share of the lead since the opening day when he set a course record 62.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 21:19 IST