Bhullar goes wire-to-wire for second Macao Open title

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar lifted the Macao Open trophy for the second time in his career after closing with a three-under-par 68 to complete a wire-to-wire victory.

The 29-year-old Bhullar fired seven birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey to win by three shots with a 13-under-par 271 total for his eighth Asian Tour victory at the Macau Golf and Country Club. He took home a winner’s prize purse of US$90,000 and became only the third player after Australian Scott Hend (2013 and 2015) and Zhang Lian-wei of China (2001-2002) to win the event twice since the tournament was inaugurated in 1998.

Filipino ace Angelo Que battled to a 69 to share second place with Ajeetesh Sandhu of India, who posted a 70, at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event. Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao took fourth place following a 72 for a 276 total.

“Every time you win wire-to-wire on the Asian Tour, you learn a lot. I want to grow as a player and you learn so much from winning and even losing. I’m glad that this is my eighth Asian Tour title and I’ve got so many more events to play on the Asian Tour. The next goal is to start thinking and preparing on the next victory,” said Bhullar, who became the first player to win eight titles on the Asian Tour before turning 30.

China’s Lin Yuxin, the only amateur to make the halfway cut, produced the shot of the day when his five-iron from 240 yards found the bottom of the cup for an albatross on the par-five 18th hole. This was the 24th albatross on the Asian Tour and second at the Macao Open.

Final Scores (par 71):

271 – Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 64-65-74-68.

274 – Angelo QUE (PHI) 67-67-71-69, Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) 66-67-71-70.

276 – HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 67-72-65-72.

278 – Rashid KHAN (IND) 70-70-74-64, Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 69-70-69-70.

280 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 71-72-67-70, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 67-72-66-75.

281 – Suttijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 74-67-72-68, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 70-67-74-70, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 69-71-71-70.

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