Ninth-placed Gangjee and Bhullar closer to 2009 Asian Tour card

October 19th, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Guangzhou, Oct 19 (IANS) Rahil Gangjee (69) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) came closer to securing their full card for the 2009 Asian Tour after they finished tied ninth and 25th respectively in the Midea China Classic Sunday.Gangjee, who has been struggling with his form finished with a total of 12-under 272 to pick a cheque of $10,425, moving to 64th place on the Money List, from where the top-60 will earn a full Tour card for next year.

While Gangjee was the best finisher, Digvijay Singh also carded a 69 to finish at nine-under 279 and tied 19th. Digvijay is already sure of the 2009 card as he currently stands in 19th place with earnings of over $ 158,000.

Moving closer to top-60 was young Bhullar, who finished tied 25th alongside Anriban Lahiri (70). Both totalled eight-under 280. Bhullar also moved to 62nd on the Money List. With a few big events coming up, he will be hoping to get into the top-60.

Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul won the tournament, became the third youngest golfer to win an Asian Tour title.

Noh, who had maintained a stoic expression throughout the week, finally broke into a smile when he lifted the trophy and the $79,250 winner’s prize cheque.

Noh fought off a spirited challenge from Terry Pilkadaris of Australia by posting a three-under par 68 for a total of 17-under-par 267, taking a single stroke lead over the 34-year-old Australian.

Singapore’s Mardan Mamat enjoyed his third top-10 finish of his Asian Tour season by ending his campaign in tied-third, together with Korea’s Park Jun-won and Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih on matching 269s.

Noh is now the second youngest player after Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil and Korea’s Kim Dae-sub to win a title on the Asian Tour.

Noh started the day with a two stroke lead and he increased it to three with an opening birdie. But he bogeyed the third to allow Park, who was in close second to draw level.

The teenager, however recovered and picked up two more other birdies on the fourth and sixth to extend his lead to two.

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