March 28, 2009 2:44:26 am
A birdie on the last hole helps the Delhi golfer become first back-to-back winner at the amateur event in China
With an end as dramatic as his game,Rashid Khan birdied the finishing hole to leapfrog over Spains Adrian Jauregui and become the first ever back-to-back winner of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in China on Friday. The Delhi boy finished five-under 211 after Jauregui,playing a group in front,had chipped in for eagle to go four-under.
It has been a stellar season for Rashid that has seen him win four titles on the LG Amateur Tour,including the Rambagh Open Amateur just two days prior to his departure to China.
S Chikkarangappa from Bangalore finished third,five behind the leader. Amanjyot Singh started off well but could not keep up his good showing,shooting a 76 and 81 in the last two rounds to finish outside the top-20.
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Rashid,who returned a card of two-under 70 in the last round on Friday,had gotten off to a sedate start in the tournament with an even-par 72,but followed it up with a 69 in the second round that put him in the lead.
A delighted Rashid later said: I am so happy to win. I was nervous at the start,especially with Mr Faldo watching,however I soon settled and stuck to my game plan. Even towards the end when the scores were tight I felt confident that I could do it. I want to come back next year and win again!
Six-time Major winner Faldo said: I was really impressed with Rashid today he hit two great drives down 17 and 18 under a lot of pressure which set him up for the win.
The field for this years tournament included Steven Brown,the winner of the Faldo Series Grand Finals held in Brazil. Past winners include European Tour stars Nick Dougherty,Marc Warren,Oliver Fisher and Rory McIlroy.
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