Super Sandhu wins first Asian Tour title at Yeangder TPC
Taipei: Ajeetesh Sandhu joined the illustrious list of Indians who have won on the Asian Tour as he claimed a dream win at the $500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Chandigarh golfer, who has been knocking on the doors for sometime carded two-under-par 70 to total 12-under 276 and win by one shot.
The third Indian to win on Asian Tour after SSP Chawrasia at the Hero Indian Open and Shiv Kapur at Yeangder Heritage. Sandhu also became the second Indian after Gaganjeet Bhullar to win the Yeangder TPC.
Sandhu is the 23rd Indian male golfer to win an international pro title and it is the 78 title overall. It is the 62nd Asian Tour title for India, and 10 of them have been co-sanctioned with Europe. It is the 45th title won by an Indian outside India, as compared to 33 won in India.
For the second day running Sandhu went through a steady back nine with one birdie on 10th and then parred the last eight holes, just as he had done in third round at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
He was very steady as he began the day in shared lead with Johannes Veerman of US (71) and Lu Wei-Chih (72). Sandhu birdied the second and third, while Veerman bogeyed third and Lu bogeyed second. That gave the Indian a two-shot cushion with just three holes gone in the final round.
The next best Indian was Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was third after first day ended the week with an eagle, but carded 71 for the day and was T-19 for the tournament at 2-under 286. Shubhankar Sharma (72) was T-21st at even par 288, while Rahil Gangjee (73) and Shiv Kapur (71) were T-29th at one-over 289. Chiragh Kumar (71) was T-49th, S CHikkarangappa (75) was T-55th and Arjun Atwal (80) was T-73rd.
Lu came back with birdies on fourth and fifth to get to 11-under, one behind Sandhu, who bogeyed the eighth and dropped to shared lead with the local hero, Lu.