Bhullar pips Jeev to win Indonesia Open
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India yesterday won the USD 300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under-par 68
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar poses with the trophy after winning the Indonesia Open at Jakarta yesterday. Pic/AFP
Jakarta: Gaganjeet Bhullar of India yesterday won the USD 300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under-par 68. Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh Asian Tour victory and a second title this season with a 16-under-par 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course. He returned to finish his remaining three holes yesterday morning as play was abandoned due to bad weather on Sunday.
Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.
Thailand's Danthai Boonma (67), Panuphol Pittayarat (68) and Tour rookie Johannes Veerman (69) of the United States took a share of second alongside Singh on 275s. The 28-year-old made five birdies in seven holes on Sunday before returning to par his last three holes and clinch his second victory in two months.
With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the event twice.
"It is never easy in a Monday finish especially when you only have a two-shot lead. I slept at 7pm last night and woke up at 2am because there was such an adrenaline rush. I just couldn't focus on anything. I was not focused on sleeping. I just could not divert my mind anywhere else apart from the last few holes. At the end of the day, I'm proud of myself and I'm glad I pulled it off," said Bhullar.
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