Chawrasia finishes 25th at the Oman Open; Valimaki squeezes Stone in play-off
MUSCAT (OMAN): two late bogeys ruined his card SSP Chawrasia he still shot a 67 out of five below for a 25th place tied in the Oman Open , giving himself a big boost before his favorite event, the Hero indian open .
He was in dispute over a top 10 until he found bogeys on days 15 and 17.
A good satisfactory ending and gives me confidence for the upcoming events and the India Open, said Chawrasia, the only one of the three Indians who made the cut in Oman.
From Finland Sami Valimaki , who was out of the top 100, beat Brandon Stone in a play-off to win his first European Circuit title. Both were tied at 13 low before Valimaki won the tiebreaker.
After a surprising 64 in the third round, he put him next to Stone in a six-way tie for the lead, Valimaki made birdies in two of his last three holes to enter a tie-break with Stone in difficult and windy conditions on the coast .
Previously, Frenchman Adrien Saddier established the leadership of the clubhouse at 12 below, but finally finished third.
Stone seemed to be close to victory when he managed to get a 20 foot footer at the bottom to reach 13 low, but Valimaki provided more drama by boring from a similar distance to take the contest to additional holes.
The duo halved 18 in pairs twice before Stone sent his second shot into the stands on the third trip and failed to get on and off. One pair was enough to give Valimaki the victory.
The Italian Guido Migliozzi and the Finnish Mikko Korhonen finished with 11 less, two strokes of the Spaniard Alejandro Canizares, the South African George Coetzee, the Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard and the Englishman Jordan Smith.