GREATER NOIDA: Thomas Aiken of South Africa led from start to finish on the final day to win the $2.3 million Avantha Masters by three shots in India on Sunday.
Aiken who began the last round with a three-stroke lead, scored a flawless five-under 67 and sealed his second win on the European Tour with a birdie at the 18th hole.
The 29-year-old from Johannesburg finished with an overall score of 23-under 265, three shots ahead of local boy Gaganjeet Bhuller at the Greg Norman-designed par-72 Jaypee Greens outside New Delhi.
Aiken, who won the Open de Espana in 2011, earned $393,000 for his efforts that followed compatriot Jbe Kruger’s triumph in the Avantha Masters last year.
Bhuller, who was six shots behind Aiken when play began, fired a eight-under 64 to come in at 268, two strokes ahead of third-placed Liang Wenchong of China.
Prayad Marksaeng became only the third Thai to win his country’s national championship with a two-stroke victory in the $1 million Thailand Open on Sunday.
Prayad’s rounds of 68, 67, 65 and 64 left him with a 24 under-par total of 264 to claim the winner’s purse of $180,000. Australian Scott Strange (67), who had pushed Prayad all the way, bogeyed on the last to leave him two strokes adrift.
Nick Cullen (65) was a shot further behind while six players shared fourth place — including defending champion Chris Wood (70).
Ai Miyazato fired a five-under par 67 and was aided by a penalty on American Stacy Lewis on her way to seizing a four-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Founders Cup on Saturday.
Japan’s Miyazato, who seeks her 10th career LPGA title, finished 54 holes on 19-under 197 with Lewis, who could claim the World No. 1 ranking with a victory, and South Korean Jee Young Lee third on 201.
Lewis thought she had fired a 66 but tournament officials conducted a video review of the actions of her caddie, Travis Wilson, in a bunker on the par-4 16th hole and assessed a two-stroke penalty for testing the sand.