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Rashid bags Chittagong Open Golf title

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Rashid bags Chittagong Open Golf title
India’s Rashid Khan poses with the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open 2019 trophy with officials of the tournament at Bhatiary Golf & Country Club (BGCC) in Chattogram testerday. Courtesy photo

India’s Rashid Khan completed his domination of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open 2019 with his final round heroics at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club (BGCC) in Chattogram testerday.

 The 28-year-old Rashid (65-66-70-63), the third round leader by two shots, produced a sizzling nine-under-63, the tournament’s best round, on day four, to win with a record total of 24-under-264 and an impressive seven-shot victory margin.

 Khan thus became the first Indian to capture the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open title as the first two editions of the tournament were won by Bangladesh’s Md Siddikur Rahman and Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja. Interestingly, Rashid’s last round 63 was just one short of compatriot and close friend Kapil Kumar’s course record from last year.

 Khan’s 24-under-264 total happens to be the lowest ever winning score achieved at the BGCC. The previous best was N Thangaraja’s 22-under-266 recorded at the second edition of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open last year.       

 Rashid’s victory at the BDT 47.40 lakh event, accounted for his 11th success at the professional level. He had won his last tournament in December 2018 at Mumbai where he ended a two-year title-drought.

 Eighteen-year-old rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul of India bagged his career-best finish as he claimed second position at 17-under-271 after a fourth round of 68. Kaul, playing only his sixth event as a professional, now has two back-to-back top-5 finishes on the PGTI.

 Rashid said, “I got off to a great start this morning and just kept the momentum going. The putts rolled in for me today and I also capitalised on the par -5s unlike yesterday. My week can be summed up by the fact that I dropped only one bogey in the whole tournament. It’s great to win two events in quick succession. I feel my confidence and game are back on track.”

 Last year’s champion N Thangaraja of Sri Lanka registered a fifth place finish at 13-under-275. Md Sajib Ali had the best finish among the Bangladeshi golfers. He ended tied sixth at 12-under-276.

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