Aiken eases to Avantha Masters win
Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 11:11
South Africa's Thomas Aiken tclaimed his second European Tour title with a composed victory in the Avantha Masters in India.
Aiken held a three-shot lead going into the final round thanks to a stunning 62 on Saturday and was never caught, even though playing partner Liang Wenchong carded a hole-in-one on the seventh.
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar also threatened to claim a popular home victory at the Jaypee Greens Golf Club he represents, twice getting within two shots of the lead as he recorded a superb closing 64.
But Aiken held his nerve despite a 12-minute wait on the 18th tee due to a ruling in the group ahead, carding a flawless 67 to finish 23 under par, three ahead of Bhullar with Liang a further two shots back in third.
The 29-year-old from Johannesburg, whose previous win came in the 2011 Spanish Open, collected the first prize of #260,000 and is the sixth South African winner on tour this season.
"They just kept coming at me today," said Aiken, who finished in style with a fifth birdie of the day on the 18th.
"I tried my best to get a little bit of a lead but couldn't get it going, everyone was holing everything. Finally I can have a bit of a breather."