Golf: At age 51, veteran Mukesh Kumar wins his first Asian Tour title
Veteran Mukesh Kumar completed a wire-to-wire victory at the weather-shortened Panasonic Open India to claim his first Asian Tour title by one shot yesterday
Indian golfer Mukesh Kumar poses with the trophy after winning the Panasonic Open in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
New Delhi: Veteran Mukesh Kumar completed a wire-to-wire victory at the weather-shortened Panasonic Open India to claim his first Asian Tour title by one shot yesterday. Kumar closed with a two-under-par 70 for a winning total of 10-under-par 206 at the USD 400,000 Asian Tour event, which was earlier reduced to 54 holes due to fog disruptions.
Kumar's victory, worth USD 72,000, made him the oldest winner on the Asian Tour at the age of 51 years and 126 days. Indian duo Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan closed with matching 68s to share second place at the venerable Delhi Golf Club.
Kumar, who has won 123 titles on the PGTI circuit, was ecstatic to savour his career's biggest win at the Panasonic Open India. It was his first international win since turning professional 32 years ago.
"I am very proud of myself. I have waited 32 years for this. This means a lot to me. It feels different from the 123 wins that I have had on the domestic Tour before. I have been wanting to achieve this," said Kumar, who marked his card with three birdies against a bogey. Kumar saw his lead reduced to one. He bounced back with two birdiesbut was caught up by Randhawa.
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