Rahil Gang­jee Ends 14-Year Ti­tle Wait

HK Golfer - - Asia Focus - Photo by Asian Tour

In­dia’s Rahil Gang­jee ended his bar­ren run that stretched over a decade by clos­ing with a three­un­der-par 68 for a one-shot vic­tory at the Pana­sonic Open Golf Cham­pi­onship.

Gang­jee ad­mit­ted he had self-doubts af­ter not be­ing able to en­joy much suc­cess since his last Asian Tour win in China in 2004. How­ever, it was his sheer willpower that brought him back into the win­ner’s cir­cle af­ter en­dur­ing years of frus­tra­tion.

De­spite the im­mense pres­sure on 18, Gang­jee man­aged to hit his bunker shot out to within 10 feet of the pin. The 39-year-old would go on to sink that de­ci­sive birdie and win his sec­ond Asian Tour ti­tle at the JP¥150,000,000 (ap­prox. US$1,370,000) event.

Gang­jee’s last win on the Asian Tour came in 2004 in China where he beat a top field that in­cluded Europe’s Ry­der Cup he­roes Phillip Price, Ian Woos­nam and Nick Faldo. He had sev­eral close fin­ishes since then, most no­tably at the Pana­sonic Open In­dia in 2014 when he lost in a play­off to S.S.P. Chawra­sia.

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