Luck deserts Jeev at crucial moments,misses title by a stroke

Jakarta, Feb 17 (UNI) Luck deserted Jeev Milkha Singh at a crucial moment when the Indian hit a bogey on the 18th and that buried his title chances as Chilean Felipe Aguilar's two-under par 68 in the last round saw him clinch the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open Golf in dramatic fashion here today.

The play was heading into a sudden-death play-off but a costly bogey on the closing 18th by Jeev left the 32-year old Chilean victorious as he went on to win his first title of the year by one stroke, finishing on 18-under par 262 total.

Jeev began the day trailing Aguilar by two shots but was quickly on the charge starting with the sixth hole where he sank in for an eagle.

The Asian Tour 2006 Order of Merit winner went on to reel in his first birdie on the eighth hole, followed by another eagle at the 324-yard, par four 11th.

But Jeev's title challenge collapsed after his wayward drives on the 16th and 18th resulted in two costly bogeys.

''It was Aguilar's day and not mine today. It was disappointing for me but I guess that's golf,'' said Jeev who could have forced a play-off with Aguilar had his closing putt dropped in for a par.

''Aguilar deserves this win and I congratulate him.'' Aguilar, who held a two-shot lead going into the final round, got off to a nervous start when he bogeyed his second hole but shifted into top gear to reel off three consecutive birdies from the ninth.

''After Jeev made bogey on the 16th, I realised that I was still in the game. I knew I had to make a three on the 18th for a play-off. I was so sure that I was going to birdie.'' Aguilar took home the winner's cheque of 200,000 dollars at the 1.2 million dollar co-sanctioned event by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Another Indian in action Jyoti Randhawa fired the best round of the last day. He carded five under 62 with the help of nine birdies but it also included a bogey.

Jyoti finished a creditable seventh, after being at 28th at the end of the third round.

Jyoti's compatriot Arjun Atwal shot three under 67 and with a total of 13 under par 267 ended at tied tenth slot. He had five birdies and two bogeys in his last round.

Delhi based Gaurav Ghei shot one under 69 and totalled six under 274 for 40th spot while Shiv Kapur with a par 70 round ended at 44th place with a total of five under 275.

Thailand's Prom Meesawat returned with a 67 to share third place with South Africa's James Kamte while New Zealand's Mark Brown and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands are tied for fifth on 264.

UNI XC HSB AB RK1750 Leading Final Scores 262 - Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 65-62-67-68 263 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 65-66-65-67 264 - Prom Meesawat (THA) 66-63-68-67,James Kamte (RSA) 62-67-68-67 265 - Joost Luiten (NLD) 64-69-66-66, 267 - Chris Rodgers (ENG) 68-68-67-64,Bae Sang-moon (KOR) 71-68-63-65 Arjun Atwal (IND) 67-67-66-67 Selected Scores 269 - Paul Mcginley (IRL) 68-69-66-66 271 - Darren Clarke (NIR) 68-67-70-66 276 - Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 66-68-71-71, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 67-67-67-75 277 - Maan Nasim (INA) 68-70-70-69 Ends About the Asian Tour As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The

Story first published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 18:03 [IST]
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