Shubham Jaglan wins European title by nine strokes

Prodigious golfing talent Shubham Jaglan lived up the expectations and won the European Junior (boys’ 12 and under) title with a whopping nine-stroke margin over USA’s Jaivir Pande.

Shubham Jaglan (right) with runner-up Jaivir Pande from USA after the winning the European junior (boys 12 and under) title in Scotland on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

Prodigious golfing talent Shubham Jaglan lived up the expectations and won the European Junior (boys’ 12 and under) title with a whopping nine-stroke margin over USA’s Jaivir Pande at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick, Scotland, on Thursday.

This is the second successive European age-group title for Jaglan who emerged victorious by 13 shots in the 2016 edition.

Jaglan, who turns 13 in August, fired rounds of 71, 66 and 74 on the par-72 course for a tally of five-under 211. Pande shot rounds of 73, 70 and 77 for an aggregate of 220, one better than team-mate Jay Brooks and Denmark’s Adam Sondergaard Pedersen.

Jaglan sank four birdies in his opening round 71 and produced a scintillating 66 including an ‘eagle’ on the 432-yard 12th hole, apart from six birdies.

On the final day, he found four birdies and was even par after 15 holes. But Jaglan dropped shots on the 16th and 18th holes to go over par. But it did not hurt his chances at that stage, since he had virtually made sure of winning the title.