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Korean teen wins Panasonic Open

17-year old Korean sensation Joohyung Kim won the Panasonic Open held in Nuh, Haryana where he defeated Indian golfer Shiv Kapur. Kim fired a seven-under-65 to bag the top honours with a total of 13-under-203. Kapur and Chikkarangappa (67) ended w...

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Nov 18, 2019, 09.07 AM IST
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17-year-old Korean teen Joohyung Kim wins Panasonic Open.
A double-bogey on the last hole proved costly as Indian golfer Shiv Kapur signed off tied second along with compatriot S Chikkarangappa at the Panasonic Open India in Nuh, Haryana, on Sunday.

Kapur (70), who lost out in a playoff at the Thailand Open last week, was again denied victory this week as he conceded a oneshot lead to 17-year-old Korean sensation Joohyung Kim, who fired a seven-under-65 to bag the top honours with a total of 13-under-203.

Kapur and Chikkarangappa (67) ended with a total of 12-under 204 at the Classic Golf and Country Club here. Indians Vikrant Chopra (10-under-206) and Veer Ahlawat (eight-under-208) claimed career-best finishes of tied fifth and tied eighth, respectively.

Kim, who earned his Asian Tour card for the remainder of the 2019 season after claiming three wins on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this year, continued his hot streak in India with rounds of 70, 68 and 65 at the $400,000 event which was contested over 54 holes.

“I'm really speechless. It has been a dream of mine to play on the Asian Tour ever since I was young. It's really wonderful to come here, be in contention and win,” said the Korean, who became the second youngest Asian Tour winner.

“I cannot describe the feeling now. The season has been great especially coming back from my injuries and winning three times on the ADT and now this victory.”

Kapur (67-67-70), who was in a three-way lead after the penultimate round, mixed five birdies with a bogey and a double-bogey on Sunday.

Kapur, the 2017 Panasonic Open India champion, was leading by one shot till he hit his tee shot out of bounds on the 18th. The Dubaibased golfer finally missed a 20-feet bogey putt that would've taken him into a playoff with Kim.

Chikkarangappa (69-68-67) produced his best round of the week on Sunday to secure the joint runner-up position, his best for the season.

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