Poom Brings the Boom

HK Golfer - - Asia Focus - Photo by Asian Tour

Poom Sak­sansin of Thai­land com­pleted a con­vinc­ing wire-to-wire vic­tory af­ter de­feat­ing home favourite Khalin Joshi by two shots at the in­au­gu­ral TAKE Solutions Mas­ters in In­dia.

The 24-year-old Poom never lost his lead on the last day as he re­turned with a four-un­der-par 67 to claim his sec­ond Asian Tour ti­tle with a win­ning to­tal of 16-un­der-par 268 at the Kar­nataka Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (KGA) Golf Course.

Joshi, who hails from Ben­galuru and grew up play­ing golf at KGA, bat­tled tooth-and-nail be­fore set­tling for sec­ond place fol­low­ing a round of 67. Three bo­geys in a round of seven birdies dashed his hopes for a first Asian Tour ti­tle.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (66) of In­dia fin­ished a fur­ther shot back in lone third place on 274 while

Rory Hie of In­done­sia, Divyan­shu Ba­jaj and Ab­hi­nav Lo­han of In­dia set­tled for fourth at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

Poom’s lead was only briefly threat­ened when Joshi birdied his open­ing hole, but the Thai held his nerve and claimed a sen­sa­tional vic­tory af­ter post­ing five birdies.

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