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Matt Wallace wins Indian Open

 Published on: 12th March 2018   |   By: Nik Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Moor Park golfer Matt Wallace has beaten Andrew “Beef” Johnston to claim the Indian Open title.

The Pinner favourite birdied the first play-off hole to beat Johnston to the title in the New Delhi contest.

Johnston, who was two behind just a day before the title win, posted six birdies in a six-under-par 66 as him and Wallace finished 11 under.

In the play-off at 18, Johnston’s putt lipped out and world number 152 Wallace sealed his second European Tour win.

Home favourite Shubhankar Sharma – joint overnight leader along with Wallace – carded three double bogeys in a 75 and finished seven strokes adrift.

Sharma, 21, also led into the final round of last week’s WGC event in Mexico but closed six shots behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson.

Wallace, who won the Portugal Open last year in only his fourth European Tour event, had built a two-shot advantage after collecting five birdies in his opening 10 holes, including a chip-in at the 10th.

Back at the 18th for extra holes, Wallace played a bold shot to the back of the green, which rolled 15 feet from the flag.

Johnston’s birdie effort from the left edge of the green looked destined for the hole, but spun around it and stayed out, leaving Wallace two putts for the title.

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