Matt Wallace beats Andrew 'Beef' Johnston in Indian Open play-off
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/03/18 4:53pm
Matt Wallace birdied the first extra hole to claim play-off victory over Andrew 'Beef' Johnston at the Hero Indian Open.
Johnston fired a bogey-free 66 at DLF Golf and Country Club to set the clubhouse target at 11 under, which overnight joint-leader Wallace joined by closing out a four-under 68.
The two players returned to the par-five 18th, where Johnston elected to lay up and make par as Wallace attacked the green in two and two-putted for birdie to secure a second European Tour title.
Beginning the day in a share of the lead, Wallace and Shubhankar Sharma exchanged birdies at the second before the Englishman drained a 25-footer to match his playing partner's gain at the fourth.
Sharma lost his share of the advantage when he found water off the fifth tee on his way to a double-bogey, as Wallace holed from 30 feet at the par-four next to briefly go three clear.
A 10-foot birdie at the seventh took Stephen Gallacher to within two, as Johnston posted back-to-back gains from the eighth to reach the turn in 32 and join the group sharing second.
Wallace chipped in from off the 10th green but Johnston stayed in touch with a five-foot gain at the 13th, while Gallacher's challenge slipped away with four bogeys in a six-hole stretch on the back nine.
A two-shot swing saw Johnston - playing in the group ahead - roll in from 10 feet to birdie the 17th, as Wallace recovered from thinning into a bunker from the rough at the 16th to get up-and-down for bogey.
Johnston elected to lay up at the par-five last and posted a two-putt par to set the clubhouse target, which Wallace matched before winning on the first extra play-off hole.
Sihwan Kim ended the week three strokes back in third ahead of Pablo Larrazabal and Matthias Schwab, while Gallacher ended the week seven back in tied-seventh alongside home favourite Sharma.