Tokyo: 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. “It’s been 14 years. I was shaking for 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.”