Panasonic Open Golf Championship: Rahil Gangjee claims first Asian Tour title in 14 years with a single-stroke victory
The 39-year-old Gangjee claimed the winner's blue jacket at the 150-million-yen ($1.4 million) tournament by sinking a birdie at the last hole at the Ibaraki Country Club near Osaka.
Indian veteran Rahil Gangjee held his nerve to win the Panasonic Open in Japan on Sunday by a single stroke, his first Asian Tour victory in 14 years.
The 39-year-old claimed the winner's blue jacket at the 150-million-yen ($1.4 million) tournament by sinking a birdie at the last hole at the Ibaraki Country Club near Osaka.
His final round 68 gave him a four-day total of 14-under-par 270.
Gangjee began the final day tied for second and one shot behind South Korea's Kim Hyung-sung.
But the Indian surged to the top with five birdies and two bogeys, while Kim slipped to joint-second after shooting three birdies and two bogeys.
"It's been 14 years. I was shaking during the last putt," an elated Gangjee told fans shortly after his victory.
"I feel great. There is a lot of people to thank, obviously. But right now my mind is all over the place."
Gangjee birdied the par-5 second before taking bogeys at the par-3 fifth and the par-4 seventh.
He then birdied the 12th, 13th and 14th holes before finishing the final hole again with a birdie.
Kim ended the tournament tied for second with his compatriot Hwang Jung-gon, who shot six birdies and one bogey on Sunday to lift himself up from tied-fourth after three days.
Japanese star Shingo Katayama returned with a 72 on Sunday for a four-day total of 276 and finished the tournament tied for 14th.
Several golfers, notably former World No 1 Dustin Johnson, joined the lucrative LIV Golf series after previously insisting they remained committed to the PGA Tour.
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Branden Grace grabbed five of his eight birdies on the back nine on Saturday to pull away for a two-shot win in the Portland LIV Golf Invitational and capture the $4 million first prize.