Gallacher produces round of day but Sharma and Wallace lead

Eloise Marshall
March 11, 2018

The 21-year-old had made four birdies and three bogeys before dropping two shots on the 17th, but a birdie on the last put him back in the lead.

Thereafter Sharma's challenge faded away as he managed four birdies but also conceded three bogeys and a double-bogey.

Wallace, who stayed in contention throughout the week, overcame compatriot Andrew Johnston in the play-off, 18th hole, to clinch his first Indian Open title and take home the winner's cheque of United States dollars 291,660.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher produced the lowest round of the day with a five-under 67 to sit a shot off the lead heading into the final round of the Hero Indian Open. He is in tied-seven and just three shots behind the leaders along with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal.

Sharma is now in line to become the 10th Indian to win the national Open and the fourth in a row after Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia (2016, 2017).

On a day when just nine players fired under-par rounds, Wallace's two-under effort moved him to seven under and a position to continue his rapid rise through the ranks.

Asked about his targets, Wallace said: "I had a few targets set at the start of the year, but Ive tweaked it".

Sharma stayed on top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the 18th
Sharma stayed on top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the 18th

"I played great", said Wallace who won his second title on the European Tour 32 weeks after being triumphant in the Portugal Open. It was a mixed bag as everything happened. In what must rank as a disappointment for home fans, only eight Indians made the cut on the lengthened - and testing - course at their national Open, and of those that survived, seven - including 2015 victor Anirban Lahiri (T32, 75) - went over par as conditions continued to test resolve, ability and skill. I didn't hit many great iron shots on the back nine but I knew where I stood. It was a birdie after a chip in from the fringes at the last hole which earned him a place at the top after he held the lead briefly on his back nine as fortunes fluctuated too frequently on the third day.

Talking about his future tournaments, the Chandigarh golfer said, "I'm looking forward to a good week of rest next week at home in Panchkula".

"I am very pleased with the birdie at the last, which allowed me to grab a share of the lead". "I told Dave (caddy) that we were definitely not the favourite".

"I was just trying to keep up with Matt (Wallace)".

Emiliano Grillo, overnight leader by four shots, dropped three shots over the first four holes to find his lead shrinking alarmingly even as second-placed Shubhankar bogeyed the third hole.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (74) was the second best Indian as he occupied tied 26th spot with a 54-hole total of two-over 218.

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