Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup: Gangjee finishes tied 33rd

Rahil Gangjee finished tied 33rd at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup with a two-over 72, while the other Indian who had made the cut, Himmat Rai finished tied 52nd.

Rahil Gangjee totalled two-over 282 for four days.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda (File Photo)

Rahil Gangjee shot two-over 72 to finish tied 33rd at the end of the week in Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup here on Sunday.

Gangjee, who was one of the two Indians to make the cut this week, played nine pars on front nine and then had a unfortunate double bogey on 10th and another one on 13th. He did have a birdie on the 18th and totalled two-over 282 for four days.

The other Indian making the cut, Himmat Rai, shot a final round of 75 to finished tied 52 with a total of six-over 286.

Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang sparked a superb final day charge with a flawless eight-under-par 62 to claim his second Asian Tour victory in two months. Chan, who started the day with a six-shot deficit, broke his personal best 18-hole score to win by two shots on 10-under par 270 total at the Ibaraki Country Club’s West course.

Japan’s Ippei Koike returned with a 69 to take second place while countryman Kazuhiro Yamashita settled a further shot back in third following a 68 at the Yen 150 million (approximately USD 1.48 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.

Overnight leader Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand battled to a 72 to share fourth place on 274 with local duo of Shugo Imahira and Katsumasa Miyamoto, who carded matching 66s, at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup.

Flurry of birdies

Chan, who claimed a sensational breakthrough win in Thailand two months ago, blasted eight birdies, including three in a row from 12, against no bogey to seal the deal in the Japanese showpiece.

Chan, a five-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), took home his career’s biggest prize purse of USD 294,204 and moved to fourth on the Order of Merit.

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