Richie Ramsay loses Hero Indian Open play-off to Thaworn Wiratchant
Scot Richie Ramsay suffered an agonising defeat in the Hero Indian Open after losing a play-off to Thaworn Wiratchant.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 1:59pm
Overnight leader Ramsay needed a par at the last to close the tournament out in regulation play but a three-putt bogey saw him only match the clubhouse total of 14-under set by Wiratchant moments earlier.
Playing the 18th again, Ramsay blasted his tee shot into a watery creek and eventually racked up a double bogey six. It meant Wiratchant, who had earlier birdied the 18th to keep his hopes alive, could safely two-putt for a winning bogey after he'd found sand with his approach.
"To be honest, I didn't expect to win with the way I was driving the ball this week," said Wiratchant, who also won this tournament in 2005.
"It means a lot that I've won a second Hero Indian Open title and that I'm now leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit," he added after his closing 66 on the par 71 Karnataka Golf Association course in Bengaluru.
Ramsay, who was playing on a sponsor's invitation, rued an unlucky break in the play-off as his remarkable third shot, which he hit over the trees, landed in a pitch mark beyond after the green.
"I stayed committed to every shot but Thaworn played good," said the Scot, who carded a closing 68. "It was mine to win and a very strange thing happened on the last because I've been excellent under pressure the whole week.
"I had a great third shot in the play-off which landed at the back of the green. If there was a good lie, I would have fancied knocking that in. I could have gotten a very easy up-and-down but it was lying in a bad pitch mark. Some days, things just don't go your way," he added.
Rising Thai star Panuphol Pittayarat bogeyed the last hole to finish one shot out of the play-off while India's Shiv Kapur was the best of the home contingent as he shot a 66 for fourth place on 272. Ryder Cup star Peter Hanson of Sweden closed with a 66 for a share of eighth.