Khalin Joshi glad to secure Asian Tour card

Indian golfer Khalin Joshi's joint-fifth place finish in the recent Maybank Championship helped him secure his 2019 Asian Tour card.

Devang Shah (middle), President, India Golf Industry Association, felicitates Maybank Championship fifth-place finisher Khalin Joshi (left) and Cochin Masters winner Syed Saqib Ahmed (right) at the India Golf Expo curtain raiser event at KGA here on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

Khalin Joshi is a relieved man, having secured his 2019 Asian Tour card on the back of a joint-fifth place finish in the recent Maybank Championship.

“Securing my spot on the 2019 Asian Tour means a lot, because I no longer have to worry about doing enough just to keep my card. Now I can play to win, with a clear mind. It will help me perform better. I remember missing my 2016 Asian Tour card by just 400 dollars. That translates to one bad shot - it was so disappointing. I didn't get my card for 2017 either. This current 2018 season is my first full season on the Asian Tour,” Khalin said, on the sidelines of the India Golf Expo curtain raiser event here on Thursday.

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Khalin is happy with his showing in the Maybank Championship (at Selangor, Malaysia), but believes that he could have done better. A two-under 70 final round saw him slip from third to fifth. “There were some nerves going into the last round of a big tournament like this. I had a bogey-free seven-under in the third round, but I made three bogeys in the final round. The bogey in the par-5 13th hole cost me big. I had made two birdies and an eagle in the first three rounds, but on the last day, I went into the rough and then landed in water. I have to make smarter decisions in these types of situations," Khalin explained.

The 25-year-old praised his friend Shubhankar Sharma, who captured the Maybank Championship title by two strokes. The win catapulted Shubhankar to 72 on the world ranking list - the highest among Indian men. “Shubhankar will take his game to the next level. We want to follow in his footsteps. He is sure to bring glory to Indian golf,”
Khalin said.