Veer Ahlawat finishes as top Indian at SMBC Singapore Open, misses The Open berth
Veer Ahlawat gave his all heart but still missed the chance to qualify for The Open.
Though the young Veer's effort was commendable in the monstrously windy circumstances at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, his tied-5th place was his best on the Asian Tour.
Veer, who was in second place till the 16th hole, made a blunder on 17th and shot a double bogey followed by a bogey on the final hole to slip from second to fifth place.
In his final round of 3-under 69, he fired five birdies against one bogey and a double-bogey.
Sadom Kaewkanjana grabbed the SMBC Singapore title after carding 3-under 69 in the final round to register a comfortable three-shot win.
It was the second event in The Open Qualifying Series, which gives golfers around the world opportunities to book their places for the 150th edition at St Andrew's in July.
The top-four finishers, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Yuto Katsuragawa, Joohyung Kim and Sihwan Kim, have secured their berths for the historic The Open tournament.
The veteran Shiv Kapur emerged as the second-best Indian at the event with an overall score of to finish tied-9th.
Among other Indians, Viraj Madappa (73) finished joint 48th, Rashid Khan (73) joint 53rd and S Chikarangappa (76) joint 65th.