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Sandhu ‘Amazed’ at Maiden Triumph

October 8, 2017

Ajeetesh Sandhu poses with the trophy after winning the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. Picture by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour

Taipei, Taiwan: Ajeetesh Sandhu fired a two-under-par 70 to claim a dream victory at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC).

The 28-year-old Indian posted a four-day total of 12-under-par 276 to defeat American Johannes Veerman (71) by one shot at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.

Local star Lu Wei-chih signed for a 72 to miss out on the chance to win the Yeangder TPC for the second time in his career. Lu fired four birdies against as many bogeys to claim his best result since winning the 2016 Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

Sandhu, who missed out on a Tour card at Qualifying School this year, kept a cool head en route to his maiden Asian Tour title.

Making full use of a country exemption he edged past Veerman after trading three birdies against one bogey.

Sandhu said: “I’m still shaking from the last putt. It’s absolutely amazing! I’m proud of myself that I was able to focus on my own game. I was just trying to hit the next shot the best that I could … and I won.”

Veerman, also searching for a first Asian Tour victory, almost forced a play-off when his eagle chip on the 18th hit the pin. He settled for runner-up, the second time in his career on the Asian Tour.

Lu, who underwent brain surgery in 2012, was disappointed to miss out on a grandstand finish after a bogey at the par-three 17th.

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