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Lahiri, Kapur finish brightly

Macau, October 20, 2013, Agencies: 21:50 IST

Golf Foreign round-up

India’s rising golfer Anirban Lahiri fired a career low nine-under-par 62 to enjoy a runner-up finish at the Venetian Macau Open in the company of his idol Arjun Atwal in Macau on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Lahiri matched the nine-year-old course record held by compatriot Amandeep Johl at the Macau Golf and Country Club as he ended the week three shots behind champion Scott Hend of Australia.

“I’m really pleased. I played really good right from the start. Yesterday (Saturday) was a similar story but I ran into some trouble on the back nine. I’m glad I kept my cool and played solid in the end” said Lahiri, who earned $88,000.

Kapur joint second

Meanwhile, Indian golfer Shiv Kapur came within a shot of getting into a play-off but then had to settle for a share of the second place in the Foshan Open on the European Challenge Tour in Foshan City, China.

Kapur, fighting to get his card for the 2014 European Tour picked up Euro 20,617, which brought him from 36th to 19th place, but he still needs to do some work to get into the top-15 to earn the card.

Kapur, who won the season’s first Challenge Tour event in India, bookended his round with bogeys on the first and 18th but had five other birdies in between in his round of three-under 69 to share the second spot with Englishman Tyrell Hatton.

A nerveless par putt from 12 feet earned Nacho Elvira his first professional title at the Foshan Open and moved him within sight of a place on The European Tour.

Sung-hoon wins

The Korea Open finished in bizarre circumstances on Sunday with Kang Sung-hoon celebrating a one-shot victory after a controversial penalty for Kim Hyung-tae and poor putting by Rory McIlroy ended their title hopes.

Overnight leader Kim was on course for victory standing on the 17th tee but was told by an official he had been penalised two strokes for grounding a club in an area deemed to be a hazard on the 13th hole.

Kim finished tied second on three-under with McIlroy and the South Korean trio of Lee Sang-hee, Mo Joong-kyung and amateur Lee Chang-woo.

In Perth, former world number one amateur Jin Jeong beat England's Ross Fisher in a play-off for his maiden professional title at the Perth International on Sunday.

The 23-year-old South Korean calmly sunk his putt after Fisher missed a four-metre effort for par on the 18th, the first play-off hole, to win the $2 million event, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.

Trailing overnight leader Brody Ninyette by a stroke, Jin got off to a nightmarish start with a double bogey on the par-four first hole but kept his composure to gain five strokes to finish tied with Fisher on 10-under for the tournament.

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