Bhullar finishes tied 38th at Asia-Pacific in Japan

September 29, 2015 5:20 am 

IBARAKI PREFECTURE, Japan, Sept. 27 — Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar scored a bogey free one-under 69 with one birdie and 17 pars to finish Tied-38th up from 45th overnight at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup here today.

Rashid Khan with two birdies against three bogeys finished with a round of 71 and at five-over 285, he was tied 52nd.

Bhullar's lone birdie of the day came on par-3 13th hole and it also marked the first under-par round for him this week.

Korea's K.T. Kim of Korea won his fourth title this year when he claimed a three-shot victory.

The 29-year-old holed a 10-foot birdie on the last hole to finish on two-under-par 68 for a winning total of nine-under-par 271 at the Y150 million (approximately US 1.2 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

Japan's Toshinori Muto, who shared the lead at one point, and Yuta Ikeda posted a 67 and 69 respectively to tie for second place while Michio Matsumura finished a further shot back on 275 at the Otone Country Club, West Course.

Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng carded a 71 to finish in tied 11th place while Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa returned with a disappointing 77 to take a share of 52nd position.

Kim, who led by two shots at the start of the round, was drawn level by a fast charging Muto after 12 holes. The Korean birdied the par three 13th hole to regain command and sealed the deal with a stylish closing birdie.

The victory was especially sweet for Kim, who also won this event in 2010 for his first title in Japan before it was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

Muto, a six-time winner in Japan, admits that he let victory slip out of his grasp after hitting his tee shot into the thick rough on the 14th hole which resulted in a bogey.

Prayad, who led in the halfway stage of the tournament, failed to mount a title charge as he struggled with a cold putter and returned with two birdies against three bogeys. (PNA/PTI)

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