Fine Challenge By Daniel In Delhi

February 23rd, 2015 by Samantha Chopra

February 23: Daniel came close to winning the Hero Indian Open at the weekend eventually finishing in a tie for 11th position.

He ended four shots short of a play-off between Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia from India and was left to rue a costly back nine on Sunday.

Daniel was in the hunt in the final round but toured the homeward stretch in five over par to finish with a tournament total of three-under-par 281. The Swede carded rounds of 70, 72, 65 and 74.

Lahiri took the title after defeating Chawrasia on the first play-off hole in the US$1.5 million tournament. It was Lahiri’s second big title in three weeks following his success in the Malaysian Open. Both events were jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour.

Daniel had stormed into contention on Saturday after shooting a bogey free 65, which was helped by an eagle on the par-five 18th.

And he we two under and bogey free on the front side in the final round before the wheels came off.

The 41-year-old indicated a return to form last month when he recorded a four-stroke victory in the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage.

His performance in India reinforced that and suggests an exciting year is ahead.

Daniel has won on nearly every Tour in the game of golf and has claimed 13 professional tournaments around the world. The list includes two wins on the PGA Tour, three Nationwide Tour events, three events in Europe, and six tournaments in Asia (two each in India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei).The talented golfer had played on 10 different golf tours on four continents before joining the PGA Tour in 2004.