Australia’s Andrew Dodt emerged from a tightly bunched pack to claim his first European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

The 24-year-old who is a regular on the Asian Tour, birdied the final hole for a closing round of 68 to post the clubhouse lead on 14-under-par, a single shot clear of England’s Richard Finch.

Barry Lane and Richard Bland had chances to catch Dodt, but both stumbled as their rounds reached a climax. Lane missed a short par putt on the 17th then a five-footer for birdie on the 72nd green.

Bland came to the 18th tee needing a birdie to join Dodt at the top of the leaderboard. But, he pulled his tee shot into the trees and his ball ended stymied against a tree root. He required two shots to extricate himself from the trouble and, in the end, did well to limit the damage to a bogey six.

Lane and Bland finished in a tie for third with Scotland’s David Drysdale and Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan.

For Dodt, ranked 195th in the world going into this tournament, the victory gives his career a significant boost. He’s now exempt for two years on the European Tour.

Avantha Masters
DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi, India
Feb 11-14, purse €1,500,000, par 72

1    Andrew Dodt (Aus)    67    68    71    68    274    €250,000
2    Richard Finch (Eng)    69    69    71    66    275    €166,660
T3    Richard Bland (Eng)    68    71    66    71    276    €71,250
T3    David Drysdale (Sco)    68    67    71    70    276    €71,250
T3    Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jap)    73    62    70    71    276    €71,250
T3    Barry Lane (Eng)        67    67    71    71    276    €71,250
7    Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 68 71 66    72    277    €45,000

T8    Yih-Shin Chan (Tpe)    65    68    72    73    278    €29,775
T8    Darren Clarke (NIR)    71    66    70    71    278    €29,775
T8    Oliver Fisher (Eng)    70    67    71    70    278    €29,775
T8    Jeppe Huldahl (Den)    71    70    66    71    278    €29,775
T8    Jason Knutzon (USA)    70    67    72    69    278    €29,775
T8    Steven O’Hara (Sco)    69    73    67    69    278    €29,775

Note: Player scores in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only