Kuala Lumpur: Anirban Lahiri went without a birdie in his last 13 holes and ended in tied 10th, leaving him with somewhat mixed feelings at the end of the Malaysian Open, here, on Sunday.
Lahiri, the highest ranked Indian in world rankings, carded a final round of 70 and finished at eight-under 280.
Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Lee Westwood enhanced his reputation in the east as he marched to a convincing seven-stroke victory for his first title in two years after a flawless four-under-par 68.
The Englishman completed his wire-to-wire win in style when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the last for an 18-under-par 270 winning total at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Aiming other Indians, Shiv Kapur added a 71 to finish at three-under 285 in tied 31st place while SSP Chowrasia dropped two double bogeys on the back nine to end with a card of 76 that saw him drop to two-under 286 and in tied 33rd place.
Rahil Gangjee (76) was tied 45th, Chiragh Kumar (71) was tied 55th and Rashid Khan, who began so well on first two days carded 74 and was tied 68th.
EurAsia Cup star Lahiri, a three-time winner in the region, was the best placed Asian in tied 10th place after a closing 70 while Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, who won his first Asian Tour title last year, finished a further shot back.
“I played really well but I’m disappointed I didn’t make any birdies on the back nine. All in all it has been a solid week but I can’t help but feel that I left a lot out there. I’ve been hitting it really well. I hit 16 greens but didn’t make the putts, which I needed to. I gave myself a lot of opportunities but couldn’t hole the birdies,” said Lahiri.
“I was a little anxious to do well (at the start of the week). I came in this week feeling good about my game. I really wanted to contend badly. I tried a bit too hard and forced the issue. I didn’t focus on what I needed to do. It got better over the weekend and it is good that I’m playing well consistently,” Lahiri said.