Justin Harding wins
While Justin Harding celebrated his consecutive second win on the Asian Tour, to become the first player since 2011 to win back-to-back titles on the Asian Tour on Sunday. There was Shiv Kapur who fought hard to keep up with his challenge but ultimately failed with six-shot to win his maiden title of 2018 on the Asian Tour.
The in-form Harding fired a three-under-par 67 in the final round of the US$500,000 Asian Tour event. With a winning total of 14-under-par 266, Harding became the first player to win twice in his first two starts in Asia.
The 32-year-old won the BANK BRI Indonesia Open two weeks ago, took home the winner’s purse of US$90,000 while earning his fourth title in a span of two months at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. His win at the Royal Cup marks his fourth victory in 2018, two of which were won on the Sunshine Tour. He also leads on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
South African, Justin Harding will get into World Top 100 list on the Official World Golf Ranking after earning $90,000 today with his six-shot win over the four men consisting of Shiv Kapur, Kurt Kitayama, Chapchai Nirat and Jake Mcleod who each earned $33,000 for a T-2 finish at 8-under-272 today.
Shiv Kapur posted a round of 1-over-71 consisting three birdies, two bogeys, and a horrible double on the par-4 507 yards, ninth hole, which turned all his hardship of becoming a solo second finisher to a joint second finisher.
Shiv Kapur won the event in 2017 for his third Asian Tour Title (in 2017) when Thai Prom Meesawat missed his chances of forcing a playoff when needed a birdie on the last hole. This is Kapur’s first top-10 finish on the Asian Tour for the season since winning the Royal Cup in 2017.
Gaganjeet Bhullar’s another incredible finish
Gaganjeet Bhullar finished T-10 along with John Catlin, Johannes Veerman, and Jarin Todd at 5-under-275, after a level par round of 70 consisting two bogeys and two birdies, out of his total of 12 birdies and seven birdies at the event. Bhullar stood T-74 after an opening round of 71 and climbed up the ranks with his quick damage controlling 65 on Friday, for a Top-10 listing. His T-10 finish added $8493 (INR 5,82,832) to his earnings making his total earnings $66,622 (INR 45,71,934) for the month of July alone.
Gaganjeet Bhullar has had a terrific July, finishing under Top-12 or better in all of the events he participated in the month. The Queen’s Cup ended on July 1 and Bhullar stood solo second with after coming too close to a win and missing it with four-strokes from Thai Jazz Janewattananond, in turn earning a prize money of $33,000 (INR 22,64,625) from a total prize fund of $3,00,000.
Next came the US$ 3,00,000 Sarawak Championship where too Bhullar fought hard whole week to finish T-11, seven shot behind the winner John Catlin.
Later at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open, Bhullar came close to his ninth win on the Asian Tour but missed it again with three-strokes against the today’s winner Justin Harding. Bhullar got richer with $20,500 (INR 14,06,812).
He next plays at the US$ 9,70,000 (INR 6,65,66,250) Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from Aug 2, 2018, followed by Take Solutions Masters at KGA, Bengaluru.