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Johl places 11th, Chowrasia 16th

February 11, 2007 17:02 IST

Amandeep Johl narrowly missed his first top-10 finish of the season and SSP Chowrasia blew away a career-best card with three bogeys in the last seven holes to mark a disappointing finish for the Indians at the Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Despite producing the week's best of two-under par 70 in the final round, Johl ended up at tied 11th with overall 285 while Chowrasia, at one stage tied for third place, eventually finished 16th.

Sweden's Peter Hedblom won the Asian and European tours co-sanctioned event after holding a two-shot lead going up the last hole.

He secured his first European Tour title since 1996 with a bogey six at the last for a one stroke victory over Jean-Francois Lucquin of France.

Hedblom finished eight-under 280 and Lucquin was seven-under 281, Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Simon Dyson a shot further back tied for third place.

Thais Prom Meesawat (73) and teenaged Chinarat Phadungsil (70) were tied for seventh. It was the second successive top-10 for Meesawat, who was in a similar tied seventh last week in Dubai.

Johl had birdies on second, fourth and sixth and after starting at one-under, and looked set for a very good finish.

But the tough Cobra course thwarted such hopes, as he dropped bogeys on ninth and 16 th, but he also had a birdie on tenth.

For Johl, who is an affiliate member of the European Tour, this was the first cut he has made in three starts of the new 2007 season on European Tour.

Chowrasia who was second on the opening day of the star-studded tournament raised visions of a top-three finish, or even better as he was three-under after five holes and was tied third at one time, failed on the closing stages.

His three bogeys on 12th, 14th and 16th ruined his chances of a top-10 and he ended tied 16th.

"The course was very tough and one needed to be careful and I dropped too many shots towards the end," said Chowrasia, who travels to Indonesia next.

Jeev Milkha Singh (72) and Gaurav Ghei (75) were tied 42nd and tied 53rd respectively.

Jeev had three birdies, all in his last six holes, and three bogeys in his 72. Ghei had two birdies and five bogeys.

Hedblom had three birdies and one bogey on both sides of the turn and he shot a four-under 68 on finals day and Jean Francois Lucquin who led at one stage had a five-under 67 on final day.

A final hole bogey cost him a chance of getting into a play-off.

Ricardo Gonzales an early leader ruined his chances with two doubles bogeys on 14th and 15trh and a bogey on 16th to drop five shots in three holes and drop to tied 11th at three-under 285.

Leading final round scores

280 - Peter Hedblom (SWE) 73-71-68-68

281 - Jean-Francois Lucquin (FRA) 72-68-74-67

282 - Ignacio Garrido (ESP) 76-69-68-69, Simon Dyson (ENG) 71-68-73-70

283 - Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 72-71-70-70, Marcus Higley (ENG) 72-67-70-74

284 - Chinarat Phadungsil (THA) 70-67-77-70, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 69-70-74-71, Simon Yates (SCO) 73-69-70-72, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-69-70-73

285 - Amandeep Johl (IND) 73-71-71-70, Graeme Storm (ENG) 72-72-69-72, David Bransdon (AUS) 70-72-70-73, Ricardo Gonzalez (ARG) 69-71-69-76, Angelo Que (PHI) 70-73-68-74

286 - Keith Horne (RSA) 73-73-71-69, David Drysdale (SCO) 73-73-70-70, Gerald Rosales (PHI) 70-75-70-71, S.S.P. Chowrasia (IND) 67-77-71-71, Gavin Flint (AUS) 71-71-72-72, Andrew Coltart (SCO) 74-69-70-73, Damien Mcgrane (IRL) 70-73-70-73

287 - Alessandro Tadini (ITA) 70-72-74-71, Sam Walker (ENG) 72-71-72-72, Frankie Minoza (PHI) 72-70-71-74, Robert-Jan Derksen (NLD) 70-73-70-74

288 - Simon Wakefield (ENG) 71-74-75-68, Garry Houston (WAL) 75-70-74-69, Christian Cevaer (FRA) 75-68-76-69, Darren Clarke (NIR) 74-72-71-71, Gary Simpson (AUS) 71-72-73-72, Stephen Gallacher (SCO) 71-73-72-72, Andrew Marshall (ENG) 75-69-71-73

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