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Bhullar romps to maiden victory

INDIA'S Gaganjeet Bhullar proved he was a star in the making when he secured his maiden Asian Tour title with an emphatic two-stroke victory at the Indonesia President Invitational yesterday.

The 21-year-old fired a flawless five-under 67 in the final round in Jakarta to make up for the heartbreak of finishing runner-up in the event two years ago.

His four-day total of 22-under 266, which earned him US$63,400, was well clear of Australian Adam Blyth, who shot a 68 for lone second place at the US$400,000 event. Thai Thammanoon Srirot finished third on 269 after a 66 while Ted Oh of South Korea was a further stroke back.

"I've got no words to describe how happy I am," said Bhullar, who was pipped by Filipino Juvic Pagunsan's birdie, eagle finish in 2007. "I've been waiting for this for the past two years and I played really well today."

Artemio Murakami of the Philippines and South Korean Bang Sang-moon shared fifth on 272.

Wild day

In Oakville, Ontario, Mark Calcavecchia reeled off a PGA Tour-record nine straight birdies on a wild day at the weather-hit Canadian Open but it was Jason Dufner who took the midway lead on Saturday with the round of the day.

After two days of almost steady rain softened up the Glen Abbey course, golfers went on the attack and Dufner stormed to the top of the leaderboard with a nine-under 63 in the second round, one stroke off the course record set by Greg Norman in 1986.

Chasing his first PGA Tour win, the unheralded Dufner, 32, hit a birdie at the 16th to get to 10-under but he gave it back on the next hole, carding his only bogey of the day to leave him with a 13-under 131 total and a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Jerry Kelly (67) and Scott Verplank (67).

Lurking one stroke further back on 11-under were Australia's Nathan Green (65) and American Peter Tomasulo (68) with Colombian Camilo Villegas (71), South African Retief Goosen (69), Briton Martin Laird (69) and Americans Pat Perez (67), Bob Estes (67) and Kevin Na (71) sitting three off the pace.

Calcavecchia, the 2005 champion, played the back nine first and started with pars at 10 and 11 then fired nine straight birdies on his way to a seven-under 65 to sit five shots behind the leader.


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