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India's Lahiri wins Malaysian Open

Anirban Lahiri overcomes a five-shot deficit to win the tournament by one stroke to move into the top-40 rankings.

    Lahiri was ranked 73rd before the event started [AP]
    Lahiri was ranked 73rd before the event started [AP]

    India's Anirban Lahiri has his sights set on the US Masters after winning the Malaysian Open by firing a final round four-under 68, finishing a stroke ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

    Anirban, who finished on 16-under 272, rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt from off the green on the 17th hole as he overcame a five-shot deficit at the start of play.

    Ranked 73rd heading into this week's event at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Lahiri will now move into the world's top 40.

    With the top 50 automatically qualifying for the Masters when the cut-off is made in early April, the 27-year old has a great chance of making it to Augusta National.

    "That's definitely one of my targets,'' Lahiri said. "I don't know how far I've moved up (the rankings), but I'm pretty confident now with this win I should have a good chance.''

    Defending champion Lee Westwood, who shared the lead after the opening two rounds, stumbled to a 75 on Sunday that left him in a share of fifth on 11-under.

    SOURCE: AP


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