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Gangjee holds out in a close finish to win the Selangor Masters golf title

Rahil Gangjee won the PKNS Selangor Masters despite six bogeys in his 3-over 73 on the final day, beating Deyen Lawson (69) by one stroke.

Rahil Gangjee won the PKNS Selangor Masters despite six bogeys in his 3-over 73 on the final day, beating Deyen Lawson (69) by one stroke. | Photo credit: asiantour.com

Rahil Gangjee won the PKNS Selangor Masters on Saturday despite six bogeys in his 3-over 73 on the final day, edging Deyen Lawson (69) by one stroke.

The 45-year-old veteran, who began the day with a five-shot lead, finished 8 under par to take the start-to-finish victory, while Lawson was 7 under par.

Gangjee’s five-stroke lead going into the final round disappeared within a few holes as he could not find the form he seemed to have had since the first round.

With three bogeys on his first nine holes and another on hole 10, he was soon neck and neck with Thai player Runchanapong Youprayong.

It was Gangjee’s second win on the ADT after his 2018 success at the Louis Philippe Cup in India. He has two wins on the Asian Tour – first in 2004 at the Volkswagen Masters in Beijing and then 14 years later at the Panasonic Open in Japan. He played on the Nationwide Tour in the US in 2011 and 2012 and also played in Japan between 2020 and 2022.

Local rising star Marcus Lim and Australian Deyen Lawson were breathing down his neck and were only one stroke behind in the $175,000 Asian Development Tour event.

Gangjee made birdies on the par-3 12th and then on the par-5 13th to stay in the lead. He made another birdie on the 16th.

By the time he reached the 17th tee, Runchanapong had fallen behind with a double bogey on the 16th hole, leaving only Lawson, two shots behind.

Those two shots disappeared when Gangjee made bogey on the 17th and 18th holes. Lawson’s birdie on the 17th meant the two headed into the final fairway just one shot apart.

Both only managed bogeys on the 18th hole and Gangjee was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and take the win with 272, while Lawson (69) finished in sole second place with 273.

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

Thai Poosit Suprpramai (66) played the only bogey-free round of the day and his four birdies helped him to a shared fifth place together with his compatriot Sarut Vongchaisit (71).

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

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