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Matt Wallace pips Andrew Johnston in play-off to win Indian Open title

11 March 2018

With nearly every golfer in the field seemingly going backwards on the DLF Golf and Country Club's Black Knight course, Sharma rode out a few blips to bring in an even par card and a share of the lead at seven under par 209 on the penultimate day of the for $1.75 Hero 54th Indian Open here on Saturday.

"I know I had to get a good start".

Johnston shot a final-round 66, Wallace a 68.

As it had happened in the tournament in the past years, exciting tussles are expected in the fourth round on Sunday.

Matthias Schwab and Andrew Johnston are level with Grillo in a share of fourth.

Unlike Friday, when he looked absolutely unstoppable, Shubhankar had a few ups and downs in round three.

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Thereafter, Grillo birdied the ninth but double-bogeyed the 13th and 14th, followed by a bogey on the 15th, to slip dramatically.

"I played great", Wallace said.

"It was a mixed bag as everything happened. I won the last match-play event I played, the All India Amateur Championship in 2013", he said.

"I'm just looking forward to playing out there again", said Sharma. The top-ranked Indian golfer, who was five-over through his first nine holes in round one, staged a remarkable fightback to rise into contention by going 12-under over the next 27 holes. I am happy to be able to come back with birdies on seven and eight.

The birdie on the 10th was offset by an immediate bogey.

A birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie sequence between the fifth and eighth holes made him close the gap on Wallace who had taken over the lead. Like Shubhankar, the Englishman, too, was troubled by the tough course and a hard 17th hole. I'm very pleased with the birdie at the last, which allowed me to grab a share of the lead. "One has to play a ideal round of golf to come out on top", he said. I didn't hit many great iron shots on the back nine but I knew where I stood.

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"I mean, we all played it differently and managed to find ourselves in the same position". Even though I didn't hit the chip ideal, the ball still rolled next to the pin and I'm happy to make that putt.

"I asked on 15 what the score was".

Barring Shubhankar, none of the Indians had much to boast about on Saturday.

Other Indians: 218: Ajeetesh Sandhu (68, 76, 74); 220: Jyoti Randhawa (72, 72, 76), Anirban Lahiri (72, 73, 75); 221: Khalin Joshi (72, 68, 81); 223: Kshitij Naveed Kaul (70, 76, 77), Karandeep Kochhar (75, 72, 76); 226: Udayan Mane (72, 75, 79).

Anirban Lahiri (75), victor of the 2015 edition, and three-time champion Jyoti Randhawa (76) to lie tied 32nd at four-over, while Khalin Joshi scored a horrendous 81 to lie tied 37.

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Matt Wallace pips Andrew Johnston in play-off to win Indian Open title