31-year-old, Asian Tour winner had a long pending dream of playing in Japan, which will come true for him come this new year when he tees-off at the US$ 1 million SMBC Singapore Open January 17-20. The tournament, played at the Sentosa Golf Club is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour & the Japan Golf Tour will see the defending champion, World No. 45 and the Asian Tour’s No.1 player Jazz Janewattanond tee-off too.
Sandhu, who always wished to follow his idol and Indian golfing legend, 48-year-old Jeev Milkha Singh’s journey, who too spent a good number of years on the Japan Golf Tour and won four tournaments there.
Sandhu’s top-25 standing on the Asian Tour Order of Merit guaranteed him a direct entry into the Japan Q-School’s III stage played out at Taiheiyo Club Mashiko PGA Course (Tochigi) and Horai Country Club (Tochigi), from October 29 – November 1, where he finished solo-10th with his total of 284, including rounds of 69, 70, 72 and 73. The heroics of the third stage put him into the final stage, a 108 holes event scheduled from December 5-10, where the top-35 and ties were handed out the full playing rights for the 2020 season. But, Sandhu managed to save himself enough to enter the final round of the final stage and finished tied-75th, making his eligible for conditional card for the upcoming season with his scores of 73,68,75,67,70 & 71, taking his total to 424 for the six-day final stage of the qualifying school played out at Central Gof Club’s West Course.
Sandhu, currently sitting 12th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, is the highest-ranked Indian in 2019 with US$ 170,177 (₹1,20,92,267) to his name with two runners-up finishes, US$400,000 Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open and Taiwan Masters and one tied-11th finish at the US$400,000 Thailand Open, as his best finishes in 2019 season.
Sandhu played in 20 events, won the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational in October at his home club and missed just six cuts compared to 14 in 2018, in 2019.