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Madappa becomes youngest Indian to win Asian Tour title


Bengaluru : Twenty-year-old Viraj Madappa delighted the home crowd with a four-under-par 67 to claim a two-shot victory at the TAKE Solutions Masters here on Sunday, becoming the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour.

Madappa, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, got his big professional breakthrough at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) Golf Course here.

The earlier record was held by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the Indonesia Invitational, when he was 21 years and three months, while Shubhankar Sharma won Joburg Open when he was 21 years and five months old.

The win was a massive boost for Indian golf as it comes just a week after Bhullar’s triumph at the Fiji International and Rahil Ganjee’s win at the Louis Philippe Cup on the Asian Development Tour in Bengaluru.

Starting the final round two shots back, Madappa reeled in six pars before dropping a shot on the seventh. He bounced back brilliantly to cap a winning total of 16-under-par 268, while Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (68), Argentine Miguel Carballo (71) and the Thai duo of Suradit Yongcharenchai (66) and Danthai Boonma (70) shared the second place.

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