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Bhullar pips Jeev to win Indonesia Open

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Jakarta, Nov 21: Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the weather-hit BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under 68 for a three-stroke victory, while veteran compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied second here on Monday.

Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh victory on the Asian Tour and a second title this season with a 16-under 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.

He returned to finish his remaining three holes on Monday morning after play was abandoned on Sunday due to bad weather.

Jeev, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.

Thailand's Danthai Boonma (67), Panuphol Pittayarat (68) and Tour rookie Johannes Veerman (69) of the United States took a share of second alongside Singh on 275s.

The 28-year-old Bhullar made five birdies in seven holes on Sunday before returning to par his last three holes and clinch his second victory in two months.

With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the event twice.

"It is never easy in a Monday finish especially when you only have a two-shot lead. I slept at 7pm last night and woke up at 2am because there was so much adreline rush. I just couldn't focus on anything," Bhullar said in an Asian Tour release.

"I was not focussed on sleeping. I just could not divert my mind anywhere else apart from the last few holes. At the end of the day I'm proud of myself and I'm glad I pulled it off," added Bhullar, who got richer by $54,000 thanks to the triumph. IANS

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