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Aiken always in control to claim Avantha Masters

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Thomas Aiken's last win came in Spain in 2011 © Getty Images
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Thomas Aiken kept his cool to claim the second European Tour title of his career at the Avantha Masters on Sunday.

Having separated himself from the field with a round of 62 on Saturday, the South African held onto the three-shot lead he began the day with - firing a five-under par final round of 67 to finish top of the tree at the 23-under for the tournament.

India's Gaganjeet Bhullar came second at the 20-under, with Wenchong Liang of China two shots further back in third.

"I've been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts," said Aiken afterwards. "This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf."

He added: "These guys kept coming at me today - Liang on the front nine and then Bhullar made some amazing birdies coming in. It was by no means a walk in the park."

Of the British contingent, David Horsey and David Drysdale were the pick of the bunch as they finished in a tie for sixth at 15-under, after closing scores of 67 and 71 respectively at Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort.

One shot adrift of those two, Tommy Fleetwood nevertheless also secured a top ten finish.

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