Gangjee wins Selangor Masters golf title after close win

Gangjee wins Selangor Masters golf title after close win


Rahil Gangjee won the PKNS Selangor Masters despite six bogeys on the final day, shooting 3-over 73 to beat Dayne Lawson (69) by one shot.

Rahil Gangjee made six bogeys to card a 3-over 73 on the final day of the PKNS Selangor Masters to beat Dayne Lawson (69) by one shot. | Photo: asiantour.com

Rahil Gangjee shot 3-over 73 despite six bogeys on the final day of the PKNS Selangor Masters to beat Dayne Lawson (69) by one shot and win the title here on Saturday.

The 45-year-old veteran sprinter, who began the day with a five-shot lead, carded a steady 8-under to win while Lawson was playing at 7-under.

In the final round, Gangjee's five-shot lead was lost in just a few holes as he was not in form since the first round.

With three bogeys in the first nine holes and one on the 10th, he soon found himself tied with Thailand's Runchanapong Uprayang.

This was Gangjee's second win on the ADT, having earlier succeeded at the Louis Philippe Cup in India in 2018. He has two Asian Tour wins – first at the Volkswagen Masters in Beijing in 2004 and then 14 years later at the Panasonic Open in Japan. In 2011 and 2012 he played on the Nationwide Tour in the US and also played in Japan between 2020 and 2022.

Local rising star Marcus Lim and Australia's Dayne Lawson were just one shot behind him in the $175,000 Asian Development Tour event.

Gangjee managed to make birdies on the par-three hole 12 and par-5 hole 13 and remained ahead. Another birdie came on the 16th hole.

By the time they reached the 17th tee, Runchanapong had fallen behind after making a double bogey on the 16th tee and only Lawson remained, who was two shots behind.

Gangjee missed both shots as he made bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes. Lawson's birdie on the 17th meant the two headed to the final fairway with just one shot between them.

Both could only make bogeys on the 18th hole and Gangjee eventually managed to win with a score of 272, while Lawson (69) finished alone in second at 273.

Lim (69) and Runchanapong (69) were tied for third.

Thailand's Pusit Suprammai (66) played the only bogey-free round of the day, his four birdies helping him move into a tie for fifth with compatriot Sarut Wongchaisit (71).

Saptak Talwar was the only other Indian to make the cut shot 70 with three final bogeys to finish tied for 33rd.


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