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Shivshankar Chowrasia claims his biggest victory

India's Shivshankar Chowrasia shot a brilliant five-under-par final-round 67 to claim an upset two-shot win in the Indian Masters tournament on Sunday.

The 29-year-old former caddie carded a nine under-par 279 on the demanding par-72 course, ahead of second-placed Irishman Damien McGrane.

"It is the biggest win of my life," said a beaming Chowrasia as he was cheered by hundreds of spectators at the Delhi Golf Club course after his bogey-free effort.

"I never dreamt I will win although I had a good feeling coming into the tournament. Now I will play both in Europe and Asia, but my eventual target is to go to the U.S."

McGrane shot 70 after briefly sharing the lead with the Indian on the front nine before aggregating seven-under for the tournament, co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Spain's Jose Manuel Lara came third after his par-72 final round earned him a five-under 283. French overnight leader Raphael Jacquelin tied fourth after a two-over 74 with India's Digvijay Singh, a further shot behind.

South African world number four Ernie Els shot 71 and was tied sixth at three-under-par 285 with Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, India's Gaurav Ghei, Maarten Lafeber of Netherlands and Britain's Ross McGowan.

Chowrasia had modest claims as a professional, having won 10 Indian titles and twice finished second in the Asian Tour Indian Open.

However, he was the only player to achieve sub-par rounds on on all four days in the biggest golf event in India and the win earned him a three-year exemption on the European Tour.

The diminutive Chowrasia, who started two shots off Jacquelin tied at fifth overnight, carded four birdies in his front nine to go two strokes clear.

He birdied the first hole and then spectacularly chipped from around 25 feet to birdie the third to be well on his way.

"My plan was not to bogey and I knew if I got pars I will get my birdie chances," Chowrasia said.

McGrane, tied second overnight at five-under 211, came into the joint lead after six holes only for Chowrasia to take a decisive advantage after a stunning 25-foot putt for a birdie two on the seventh hole.

The 36-year-old Irishman, in the bunch behind Chowrasia, was the only player with realistic title hopes in the final holes, but could not do anything special.

McGrane's hopes evaporated after he bogeyed the seventh and 10th holes, missing a 12-foot putt. Another dropped shot on the 17th gave Chowrasia a three-shot cushion and he played safe to clinch the biggest victory of his career.



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