Impressive Gangjee clinches title

Impressive Gangjee clinches title

Rahil Gangjee after clinching the Louis Philippe Cup at Prestige Golfshire Club on Friday.

Rahil Gangjee started as one of the favourites and proved that tag in style on the final day with a sizzling seven-under 63 to clinch the Louis Philippe Cup.

With a four-round total of 11-under 269, the two-time Asian Tour winner claimed top honours at the Prestige Golfshire Club by a margin of three shots.

On the penultimate day, Ahmedabad-based Udayan Mane (seven-under 273) and New Delhi's Rashid Khan (eight-under 272) had climbed to the top of leaderboard, but both endured poor outings on Friday to lose any chances of taking a shot at the title.

Eight birdies and a bogey laced Gangjee's round and the delighted Bengaluru golfer said: “The first day of the tournament was rusty for me and I had said I needed some practice. The second round was exactly that practice which I was longing for. The third round gave me the much-needed boost.

"Today when I started I honestly did not have much of plan in mind. Over the last year I have played the final rounds one shot at a time and I don’t play for a particular number and today wasn’t any different. I am thankful to the weather gods that except for a minor sprinkle there wasn’t much of a rain scare and that helped me stay in rhythm,” he added.

Om Prakash Chouhan was tied second with Khan, while Australian Marcus Both shared third spot with Mane.

It was a good tune-up for Khalin Joshi ahead of the TAKE Solution Masters, an Asian Tour event at Karnataka Golf Association from August 9, as he finished sixth after carding a strong six-under 274.

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