December 4, 2016 8:39:19 pm
India’s Mukesh Kumar became the oldest golfer to win an Asian Tour title when he lifted the weather-hit Panasonic Open here after it was curtailed to 54 holes.
The 51-year-old Mukesh, who has 123 PGTI titles under his belt, turned in a two-under 70 in the final round to total 10-under 206 to claim the trophy — his first on the Asian Tour.
In fact, India dominated the top half of the leaderborad with Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan sharing the second position, a stroke adrift of Mukesh.
Both Randhawa and Rashid carded four-under 68 in the final round.
Honey Baisoya took the sole fifth spot with a five-under 67 in the final round which left him with a total of seven-under 209.
Randhawa took pride in his commendable result, which marked his second top-five finish in the last one month on the Asian Tour.
“It has been a great week for me. My game has been improving. There is surely a lot of positives to take from this week. It gives me a lot of confidence heading into the season finale in Hong Kong next week,” Randhawa added.
Khan battled against a wrist injury to cap his best finish on the Asian Tour this season.
“I started very well today, except on the fourth where I hit it to the right and took a drop in the bunker. But I made a very really good bogey there. I gave myself a few more chances after that but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take advantage of them,” said the 25-year-old Indian.
“It was only until 14 that I started to make birdies again. That gave me a lot of confidence and I went on to birdie 15 and 18. I had to play aggressively. I missed a short putt for birdie on 16 which was disappointing but overall, it was good. I am happy to finish well this week. I did my best,” added the two-time Asian Tour winner.