Malaysian Open: Anirban Lahiri seals maiden European Tour win

Anirban Lahiri at the Malaysian Open
Lahiri had six birdies on the final day
Malaysian Open final leaderboard
-16 A Lahiri (Ind); -15 B Wiesberger (Aut); -13 A Canizares (Sp), P Waring (Eng); -11 G Bourdy (Fr), R Lee (Can), L Westwood (Eng), P Peterson (US); Selected others -10 M Warren (Sco); -2 G McDowell (NI); -1 MA Jimenez (Sp); +4 S Gallacher (Sco); +11 P McGinley (Ire)

India's Anirban Lahiri claimed a maiden European Tour victory with a one-stroke victory at the Malaysian Open.

The 27-year-old world number 73, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour, birdied four of his first five holes in a 68 to finish on 16 under par.

Overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger was second after dropping five shots in a 74 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club.

Defending champion Lee Westwood double bogeyed the second en route to a 75 and a share of fifth, five shots adrift.

Lying a distant 21st after the second round, nine shots off the pace, Lahiri moved into contention by equalling the course record of 62 on day three.

After his fast start in the final round, he rolled in a 40-foot putt from off the green at the 17th to take the outright lead for the first time and at the last safely made par having found a bunker.

Wiesberger had begun with a two-stroke advantage and birdied the opening two holes, before sending his third shot into the water at the fifth and running up a double bogey seven.

He needed to hole from 20 feet for a birdie at the par-five 18th to force a play-off but left the putt agonisingly short.

"I don't think it's sunk in just yet," said Lahiri. "But I'm pretty sure when it hits home it's going to be a really happy moment for me."

Englishman Paul Waring mixed five birdies with six bogeys in a 73 to share third on 13 under with Spaniard Alejandro Canizares, while Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, the world number 20, was joint 36th after a 75 left him at two under.

Wirral-based Waring, who turned 30 last week, earned his biggest pay day of just over £110,000.

It equals his best placed finish on the European Tour, when he also tied for third at the Portugal Masters in October 2013.

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