London, October 10 (PTI) Andrew Johnston shined under the lights in Canary Wharf, winning his second Hero Challenge of 2018.
The crowd favorite overcame a strong challenge from the world No. 2 and the host of the tournament, Justin Rose, defending British Masters champion Paul Dunne, the winner of the Indian Indian Open Matt Wallace and the hero of the Danish Ryder Cup, Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen.
Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd, presented the winner's trophy to Johnston, who joined Alexander Levy. Lee Westwood, Patrick Reed, Li Haotong and Matt Kuchar as champions of the Hero Challenge.
Crowds sang in the form of a "Ryder Cup" on the south pier of Canary Wharf, which had the spectacular skyscraper backdrop with fans lined up in the area. around the water, creating an electric atmosphere.
Players had to find the "floating green pontoon" on a custom platform built as a tee-box. They were divided into two groups, with each player with six shots to score as many points as they could. The two best players in each group advanced to the semifinals.
In Group One, Johnston made a splash on his first shot, putting him in the water before scoring the first points of the night as he turned the ball backwards. For 20 points. He failed to score with his last four shots and totaled 20.
The reigning Indian Open Hero champion, Wallace, put the first two shots in the water but scored five with the third for his only points. That left Rose as an easy target to beat to reach the semifinals.
Rose hit what was probably the most spectacular shot of the night, throwing almost directly into the hole to secure 50 points. He continued with a 15 and a 20 and hit again in the last shot for a total of 90 points.
In Group Two, the Captain of the Ryder Cup Bjorn received a standing ovation despite losing his first five. shots, but the last shot reached 20. Dunne scored 25 with his second ball and added ten with the last. Olesen missed his first four shots, but turned his fifth shot back by the second goal (50 points) of the night and won a place in the semifinals.
In the first semifinal, Rose and Dunne missed their first three hits and then Dunne scored ten with his fourth and 20 with the last. Rose threw only 15 and Dunne finished.
In the second semifinal, Olesen scored 15 with his first game and Johnston equalized with his fourth shot before the latter scored another 15 with his final ball to advance.
Dunne took the board first in the final, scoring five with his second ball, but Johnson registered a 20 with his fifth and when Dunne fell short and went to the water with his last shot, Johnston's last attempt was a mere formality.