Rahil Gangjee Ends 14-Year Title Wait
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.