Part of complete coverage on
Aiken seals Avantha win with a kiss
March 17, 2013 -- Updated 1737 GMT (0137 HKT)
Thomas Aiken of South Africa celebrates with wife Kate after winning the Avantha Masters in India.
- Thomas Aiken won Avantha Masters in India Sunday
- South African takes home winning prize of $392,000
- India's Gaganjeet Bhullar finished three shots back in second
- Prayad Marksaeng won Thai Open by two strokes
(CNN) -- Thomas Aiken ensured South Africa continued to dominate the European Tour events after claiming victory by three shots at the Avantha Masters in India Sunday
Aiken sealed the top prize of $392,000 after seeing off local favorite Gaganjeet Bhullar at the Greg Norman-designed par-72 Jaypee Greens outside New Delhi.
The 29-year-old is the sixth South African to win a European tour event this year following Charl Schwartzel's victory at the Alfred Dunhill championships, Louis Oosthuizen's win at the Volvo Golf Champions, Richard Sterne's success in Johannesburg, Darren Fichardt's triumph at the Africa Open and Dawie Van der Walt's effort at the Tshwane Open.
Aiken, who is from Johannesburg, held off the challenge of Bhullar, who birdied the first three holes, had an eagle on the fifth before a spectacular finish saw him birdie three of the last five holes.
"It's a big relief to win because the others played unbelievable golf," 2011 Open de Espana winner Aiken told reporters.
Kaymer's magical Medinah putt
Distraction: Tiny golf prodigy
Manassero: Masters was incredible
"There was no breathing space the whole day with Gaganjeet having so many birdies towards the end.
"It was no walk in the park, but I think I played the par-fives well. This has been a fantastic week in India and ended just the way I wanted it to."
Read: Tiger tames the Blue Monster
The home supporters had hoped Bhullar could give them something to celebrate, but despite being roared on by around 500 fans, he was unable to catch Aiken at the top of the leaderboard.
"After a few weeks, no one will remember that I came second. Everyone will only talk of Thomas," he told reporters.
"But the important thing is that my game has improved.
"This tournament was like a putting competition. Everyone was hitting the ball long, it all depended on how you putted. I thought Thomas would make a mistake somewhere, but he played solidly the last two days."
Read: Els' coach wants quick belly putter decision
Elsewhere, Prayad Marksaeng became only the third Thai to win his country's national championship after claiming a two-stroke win to claim the $180,000 top prize at the Thailand Open Sunday.
"This means so much to me," Prayad said, according to a statement by the tournament organizers.
"Yes I cried a bit... I am happy the King's Trophy will stay in Thailand."
Prayad jumped into the lake by the 18th green in celebration after carding 24-under-par for the tournament.
Part of complete coverage on
September 21, 2013 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
The PGA Tour can make instant millionaires at virtually every one of its tournaments -- but it was not always that way, just ask Billy Casper.
September 12, 2013 -- Updated 1204 GMT (2004 HKT)
If it were a heavyweight boxing contest it'd be ruled a mismatch -- the journeyman's champion up against one of golf's greatest legends.
September 6, 2013 -- Updated 1049 GMT (1849 HKT)
U.S. debt may appear to be spiraling out of control, but one sporting industry is making a major contribution to the country's economic health.
September 12, 2013 -- Updated 1803 GMT (0203 HKT)
Andriy Shevchenko was one of the finest football players of his generation. He retired last year but is now trying the professional golf circuit.
August 28, 2013 -- Updated 1038 GMT (1838 HKT)
After becoming the youngest golfer to win five major championships, Yani Tseng has slipped down the rankings. Can she come back?
Tiger Woods' wait for a 15th major title will stretch into a sixth year, and CNN's Patrick Snell says the world No. 1 may have lost his self-belief.
August 12, 2013 -- Updated 1202 GMT (2002 HKT)
He inspired the cult of "Dufnering" but after winning his maiden major, Jason Dufner has forced the world to take his golf seriously.
August 12, 2013 -- Updated 1311 GMT (2111 HKT)
After a nightmare final round at the PGA Championship, former world No. 1 Lee Westwood received a torrent of abuse on Twitter.
August 8, 2013 -- Updated 1429 GMT (2229 HKT)
CNN's Alex Thomas speaks with U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, the first Englishman to claim the title since 1970.
August 8, 2013 -- Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
Living Golf goes behind the scenes at the biggest tournament in women's golf.
August 8, 2013 -- Updated 1218 GMT (2018 HKT)
Amanda Davies gets a crash course in golf from actor Samuel L. Jackson, who always makes time for his favorite sport.
June 27, 2013 -- Updated 1313 GMT (2113 HKT)
So Yeon Ryu was seven years old when she gave her first violin recital. At the age of 12 she had to make a tough decision.
June 21, 2013 -- Updated 2026 GMT (0426 HKT)
As Justin Rose emerged onto the 18th fairway, he knew it was his moment to seize the U.S. Open crown.
June 14, 2013 -- Updated 1528 GMT (2328 HKT)
Two of the most recognizable faces on the planet were casually shooting the breeze as they swept down the fairway in Florida.
June 13, 2013 -- Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
As well as the bad weather that has already disrupted play, the world's top golfers will face a rare challenge at this week's U.S. Open at Merion.
June 3, 2013 -- Updated 1053 GMT (1853 HKT)
Forget hitting the greens -- it's the fairway to heaven which is on the minds of some of the world's top golfers.
Today's five most popular stories