Jeev signs off on a poor note

Jeev signs off on a poor note

Jeev Milkha Singh signed off the Dubai Desert Classic with a tame 73 and dropped to tied 37th even as Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello held his nerve to beat Lee Westwood (70) and Stephen Gallacher (64) here on Sunday.

Cabrera-Bello tallied 18-under 270, while Westwood and Gallacher were at 17-under 271.

Jeev had a birdie on the fourth but a double bogey on the par-4 fifth took away the tempo after which the veteran struggled.

He did have a birdie on par-3 11th but dropped a shot on par-4 16th before signing off with a 73.

Gangjee ends 35th

India’s Rahil Gangjee faced finishing blues with three bogeys in last five holes of the final round of the ICTSI Philippine Open to end with a round of 77, which saw him finish tied 35th.

Veteran Mardan Mamat ended a six-year title drought by winning the tournament. The win also earned him a spot in next week’s Avantha Masters.

Mamat of Singapore finished with a comfortable five-stroke victory and it was his third Asian Tour win achieved with a closing one-under 71 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club’s East Course. It was a commanding victory with an eight-under 280 aggregate.

While Gangjee was 35th at eight-over 296, the best Indian was Digvijay Singh (73) in tied 29th place at seven-over 295.

Anirban Lahiri (73) ended at nine-over 297 and in tied 38th.

Mo Joong-kyung of Korea threatened briefly before finishing a distant second in the $300,000 Asian Tour event, signing off with a 74, while the top Filipino honours went to Antonio Lascuna who returned a 69 for tied third place with Japan’s Azuma Yano, who signed off 70.

Atwal disappoints

Arjun Atwal’s misery ended with yet another poor round of 76 in the third round of the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The score took his three-round total to 227 which meant he finished very close to the bottom of the leaderboard after missing his fifth cut in a row. Daniel Chopra with a third round 74 ended at 225.

The story of the tournament was Tiger Woods’ surge to third at 11-under with a round of 67. He is now just four short of leader Charlie Wi (69) at 15-under.