Macau, China: Indian hot-shot Gaganjeet Bhullar lifted the Macau Open trophy for the second time in his career after closing with a three-under-par 68 to complete a stunning wire-to-wire victory.
The 29-year-old Bhullar fired seven birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey to win by three shots with a 13-under-par 271 total for his eighth Asian Tour victory at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
Bhullar took home a winner’s prize purse of US$90,000 and became only the third player after Australian Scott Hend (2013 and 2015) and Zhang Lian-wei of China (2001-2002) to win the event twice since its inception in 1998.
Despite a bogey on the opening hole, Bhullar never lost his composure. “After that bogey I just stuck to my plan and took my opportunities. I hit the ball well and made my putts. It was a tough start to the day but the last four days have been really hard. This is probably the only tournament where I’ve played in such windy conditions in all four rounds.
“I want to grow as a player and you learn so much from winning … and even losing. I’m glad this is my eighth Asian Tour title and I’ve got so many more events to play on the Asian Tour. The next goal is to start thinking and preparing on the next victory.
“It has been my childhood dream to win the Order of Merit. I’ve seen my heroes Arjun (Atwal), Jyoti (Randhawa) and Jeev (Milkha Singh) win the Order of Merit. I would love to do the same and the goal for the rest of the season is to play like I’m playing and stay in the positive mood.”
Filipino Angelo Que battled to a 69 to share second place with Ajeetesh Sandhu of India, who posted a 70, at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event. Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao took fourth place following a 72 for a 276 total.
Indian Rashid Khan returned with the day’s low round of 64 to grab a share of fifth place on a 278 total alongside American Johannes Veerman, who closed with a 70.
China’s Lin Yuxin, the only amateur to make the half-way cut, produced the shot of the day when his five-iron from 240 yards found the bottom of the cup for an albatross-two on the par-five 18th hole.
It was the 24th albatross on the Asian Tour and the second at the Macau Open.
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