Hero Indian Open champion Matt Wallace today showered accolades on rising Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma, saying he has the game and temperament to go a long way.
The 21-year-old Shubhankar dropped five shots, including a double bogey at the 17th hole.
Wallace, who shared the lead along with home favourite Shubhankar Sharma after the penultimate round, carded a four-under 68 at the DLF Golf and Country Club to soar to the top on 11-under.
The birdie on the 10th was offset by an immediate bogey.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher is a shot behind the leading duo after an impressive round that saw him hit five birdies and an eagle to card a five-under 67.
Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who had an overnight four-stroke lead at the top over Shubhankar, had a day to forget as he signed for a six-over 78.
As the day progressed Shubhankar struggled to a three-over 75 to finish tied 7th, while the Englishman shot four-under 68 in regulation play and then overcame compatriot Andrew Johnston in the play-off to win his second European Tour title. He is in tied-seven and just three shots behind the leaders along with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal.
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Anirban Lahiri (75), the 2015 victor and three-time champion Jyoti Randhawa (76) tied 32nd at four-over, while Khalin Joshi scored a poor 81 to stay tied 37.
"The wind was gusting around in different directions but I'm pretty happy with my score", added a relived Wallace.
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. "I've done it at a lower level (Wallace won six times in a season on the subsidiary Alps Tour) but what Shubhankar has achieved in the past few months is inspirational", he said. It was a mixed bag as everything happened. "I was swinging it that good", he said. "I had a few birdies today but there were just too many bogeys for my liking".
Wallace, who had found himself three over through eight holes of his opening round, told europeantour.com: "I'm ecstatic".
For third-round co-leader Shubhankar Sharma, it was meltdown time for the second successive Sunday.
"I am very pleased with the birdie at the last, which allowed me to grab a share of the lead. I know it's going to be a battle out there tomorrow and I'll be ready for it".
Other Indians: 293 - Jyoti Randhawa (72, 72, 76, 73), Kshitij Naveed Kaul (70, 76, 77, 70); 294 - Anirban Lahiri (72, 73, 75, 74); 295 - Khalin Joshi (72, 68, 81, 74), Ajeetesh Sandhu (68, 76, 74, 77); 297 - Karandeep Kochhar (75, 72, 76, 74); 299 - Udayan Mane (72, 75, 79, 73).