Shubhankar finishes 7th on final day of Indian Open

Glen Norman
March 12, 2018

Wallace, who shared the lead along with home favourite Shubhankar Sharma after the penultimate round, carded a four-under 68 at the DLF Golf and Country Club to soar to the top on 11-under.

Londoner Matt Wallace became the fourth Englishman to win on the European Tour in 2018, following a thrilling play-off success against countryman Andrew "Beef" Johnston in the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi on Sunday.

"I played great", Wallace said. Johnston fought back strongly on the back nine and when Wallace bogeyed the hard par-3 18th, "Beef" was in the battle. I'm going to draw from my experiences last week. I didn't think it broke that much and I hit a good putt, but it didn't go in. It has been very satisfying week because it is definitely the toughest golf course that I have played in my career.

"There are some great champions".

Johnston elected to lay up at the par-five last and posted a two-putt par to set the clubhouse target, which Wallace matched before winning on the first extra play-off hole.

Beginning the day in a share of the lead, Wallace and Shubhankar Sharma exchanged birdies at the second before the Englishman drained a 25-footer to match his playing partner's gain at the fourth.

India thus failed to retain the trophy for the first time in four years after SSP Chawrasia won it twice in 2015 and 2016 and Anirban Lahiri bagged it in 2015.

"I hit some really good shots and that play-off: I pumped it down there on the last and it went along way and then a four iron went even further than I thought it would so I was jacked up a bit".

"I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course, you can't overpower this course".

"I asked on 15 what the score was".

Sharma was the apple of the gallery's eye this week, but he ran out of gas on Sunday, vying for his third European Tour win on the young season.

However, on the 17th hole, Shubhankar's approach-shot bounced off the bunker-wall and roll into the greenside hazard.

Co-leader Wallace, whose second straight 70 included and eagle at the par-4 9th, is expecting another hard day Sunday but relishes the challenge. "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". This week has taught me a lot. The 27-year-old, who had found himself three over through eight holes of his opening round, told "I'm ecstatic. Hopefully, it can be the start of a few things coming up".

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