Bengaluru, India: Rahil Gangjee continued his impressive run of form in 2018 by winning the US$75,000 Louis Philippe Cup following a stunning final round seven-under-par 63.
The bubbly Indian equalled the low round of the week to seal the title by three shots with a winning total of 11-under-par 269 at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event. It was his second win following his victory on the Asian Tour in April.
Overnight co-leader Rashid Khan and Om Prakash Chouhan settled for tied second place following rounds of 71 and 66 respectively at the Prestige Golfshire Club while Marcus Both (67) and Udayan Mane (72) finished a further shot back on 273.
Gangjee got off to a hot start with three straight birdies before marking his card with four more birdies. He dropped a shot on 16 but enjoyed a grandstand finish when he birdied the last hole to romp to victory.
“It feels awesome. Today was a dream come true kind of round. I hit everything good and every putt fell. When I got to about nine or 10-under I started to get excited but I told myself to stay calm just like I did when I won in Japan. The experience of winning earlier in the year did help,” said the Indian, who won US$13,125.
Gangjee, who turns 40 in October, is enjoying a superb season following a stressful 2017 where he had to fight tooth-and-nail to keep his Tour card. He eventually claimed the second last card on offer after finishing in 60th place on the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The win in April was a huge confidence-booster for Gangjee as he ended a 14-year title drought on the Asian Tour while the latest win at the Louis Philippe Cup will give him an extra spring in his step heading into business-end of the year.
“I can’t even explain how free I’m feeling after these two wins. The first one did the trick and it freed me up. You’ve seen it happen to other players when they win and now it is happening to me,” smiled Gangjee, who moved to Bengaluru two years ago.