Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup: Gangjee finishes tied 53rd

Rahil Gangjee, who was placed tied 36th after the third round, suffered a disappointing back nine, where he bogeyed five times and had no birdies.

Rahil Gangjee

FILE PHOTO: Rahil Gangjee during the Asian Tour TAKE Solutions Masters golf championship.   -  The Hindu

India's Rahil Gangjee tumbled down the leaderboard on the final day as he shot 6-over 78 to finish tied 53rd in the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup.

Gangjee, who was placed tied 36th after the third round, suffered a disappointing back nine, where he bogeyed five times and had no birdies.

Rikuya Hoshino, who turned 25 on May 12, gave himself a bumper birthday present in the form of a third win, after Fujisankei Classic in September 2020 and Kansai Open triumph last month.

Hoshino, who started as solo leader with a 2-shot margin on Sunday, shot 3-under 69 and finished a big winner by four shots. Hoshino, who earned a ticket to the British Open with this win, will be off to play the US PGA Championship next week.

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He made light of the wind and rain and managed five birdies against two bogeys to shoot 69 for a total of 13-under at the Sagamihara Country Club. It was his fifth career win.

Juvic Pagunsan, from the Philippines, finished runner-up at 9-under, while Yosuke Asaji, who was aiming to defend his title, was third at 8-under.

Last week's winner Naoyuki Kataoka finished tied 4th along with Komei Oda, Jinichiro Kozuma and Mikiya Akutu with 7-under.

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