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Kiradech final hole birdie denies Siddikur SAIL Open crown, Young Indians impress on Final Day

21-year old Thai golf sensation Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied the last hole to win his maiden Asian Tour title at the SAIL Open on Friday. Kiradech returned with four-under-par 68 for a four-day total of 16-under-par 272 to defeat Siddikur of Bangladesh by one stroke at the Delhi Golf Club.

India's Ajeetesh Sandhu battled tooth-and-nail before dropping a shot on the 16thhole. He finished in third place on a 274 total while compatriot Manav Jaini finished one stroke back at the US$300,000 event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGTI.


Prom Meesawat, Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Lam Chih Bing and Jason Knutzon earn berths at The Open Championship

Thailand's Prom Meesawat earned his maiden appearance at The Open Championship after winning the International Final Qualifying Asia on Friday. Prom, a one-time Asian Tour winner, fired a superb second round seven-under-par 65 for a two-day aggregate of 12-under-par 132 to lead Japanese veteran Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Singapore's Lam Chih Bing and American Jason Knutzon into The Open at Royal St George's in July.

Hiratsuka, whose three victories in Asia last season included two titles in Thailand, earned his second trip to the Open with the day's best of 64 at Amata Spring Country Club while Lam secured his third appearance with a bogey-free 67.


Shiv Kapur, Ichihara & Siddikur in contention for Open Championship Qualifying berth

Japan's Kodai Ichihara enjoyed a hot putting day as he charged into the first round lead at The Open Championship International Final Qualifying – Asia with a seven-under-par 65 on Thursday. Chasing a first trip to The Open, the Asian Tour regular wielded his broomhandle putter like a magic wand for an outward 31 before coming home with two more birdies for an unblemished card at Amata Spring Country Club.

India's Shiv Kapur lived up to the saying “Beware the Sick Golfer” as he overcame a stomach bug to shoot a 66 for tied second place with Bangladeshi sensation Siddikur and Korea's Lee Sung, a deaf-born golfer who started having the ability to hear after having an implant surgically placed in his right ear last November.


Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant target success in Open Championship Qualifying

Thai hero Prayad Marksaeng plans to snap up one of four tickets at stake in the two-day Open Championship International Final Qualifying – Asia starting at Amata Spring Country Club tomorrow.

The six-time Asian Tour winner has a mission to accomplish as three previous visits to the world's oldest Major ended in disappointment but with the IFQ – Asia held in Thailand for the first time, Prayad knows he has a strong chance to set his record right by qualifying for a fourth appearance.


Lahiri burns the Tollygunge course, walks away with the honours

Anirban Lahiri walked away with the honours on the final day of the Aircel PGTI Players Championship presented by Tollygunge Club after he burnt the course with an outstanding six under 64. The eloquent Bangalorean finished with a total of 18 under 262 at the Rs. 4 million event to equal Mukesh Kumar's course record for four rounds. Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan finished a distant tied second with identical totals of 10 under 270.

Anirban Lahiri's (68-65-65-64) sixth professional victory on Friday made him richer by Rs. 646,600 and propelled him from 12th position to second place on the Rolex Rankings 2011.


Tournament Committee Announces Change to Ryder Cup Qualification Process

After consultation with European Team Ryder Cup Captain José Maria Olazábal, The European Tour Tournament Committee is pleased to announce a modified qualification procedure for The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, from September 28-30, 2012.

The qualification criteria, beginning at the Omega European Masters at Crans-Sur-Sierre from September 1-4, 2011, and ending at the conclusion of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2012, will now see the leading five players from the European Points List joined by the leading five players from the World Points List as automatic qualifiers to the European Team. This represents a reversal of the two lists with the European Points List counting before the World Points List.


The Open Championship International Final Qualifying to take place in Thailand

The Amata Spring Country Club will become the first Thai venue to host Open Championship International Final Qualifying Asia from February 24-25, 2011. The Club will welcome a field of a maximum of 78 players, who will compete for four places in the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's.

Amata Spring opened for play in November 2005. One of Asia's most prestigious venues, it has already hosted several international events, including a recent exhibition skins game featuring three-time Open Champion Tiger Woods. The signature hole is the 17th, a par three of 145 yards that boasts the only floating green in Asia.


José Maria Olazábal named as European Ryder Cup Captain for 2012

jose_maria_olazabal1José Maria Olazábal has accepted an invitation from the Tournament Committee of The European Tour, ratified by The European Ryder Cup Players and Stakeholders Board, to captain the European team in The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois, United States of America, from September 28-30, 2012.

Olazábal, who was born in Fuenterrabia, Spain, on February 5, 1966, becomes the 23rd golfer to captain a Ryder Cup team against the United States and the second Spaniard following Seve Ballesteros, the winning captain in 1997 when Europe triumphed 14 ½ - 13 ½ at Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain.


Gaganjeet Bhullar becomes first Indian winner on the European Challenge Tour

Gaganjeet Bhullar became the first Indian to win on the Challenge Tour after triumphing by one shot at the season-opening Guajarat Kensville Challenge, held in his homeland. Bhullar battled with his nerves during a closing round of 75, but his five under par aggregate total was enough to see off England's Matt Ford, who signed for a round of 70 to finish on four under par.

Such was the demanding nature of the course and conditions at the Jeev Milkha Singh-designed Kensville Golf Club in Ahmedabad, India, only six players finished under par.


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