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Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Macao Open title again!

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Indian hotshot 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 stunning wire-to-wire victory on Sunday.

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. 

Bhullar 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 storied event twice since the tournament was inaugurated in 1998.

The Indian star shared after his triumph, "I was absolutely blank after the bogey on the first hole. After that I just stuck to my plan and took my opportunities. Honestly it got simple after the bogey. I hit the ball well and made my putts. It was a tough start to the day but the last four days have been really hard. This is probably the only tournament where I’ve played in such windy conditions in all four rounds.

"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.

"I started working with my coach, Noah Montgomery, in the summer and we’ve been working really hard on my game. He changed a few technical aspects in my swing and that’s really helped me. Overall the attitude and my point of view towards the game and winning have changed. It has been my childhood dream to win the Order of Merit.

"I’ve seen my heroes Arjun (Atwal), Jyoti (Randhawa) and Jeev (Milkha Singh) win the Order of Merit. I would love to do the same and the goal for the rest of the season is to play like how I’m playing and stay in the positive mood."

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.

India’s Rashid Khan returned with the day’s low round of 64 to grab a share of fifth place on a 278 total alongside American Johannes Veerman, who closed with a 70 in the Macao showpiece.

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 a magical albatross on the par-five 18th hole.

This was the 24th albatross on the Asian Tour and a second at the Macao Open. It was also the first albatross scored by an amateur on the region’s premier Tour.

Scores after round 4

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.

282 - Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 68-74-72-68, Gareth PADDISON (NZL) 70-69-73-70, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 72-70-67-73.

283 - Scott BARR (AUS) 71-69-74-69, Dimitrios PAPADATOS (AUS) 73-70-70-70, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 74-71-67-71, Giwhan KIM (KOR) 64-70-74-75.

284 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 72-73-70-69, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 70-71-73-70, Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 71-70-76-67, Keith HORNE (RSA) 73-70-69-72, John CATLIN (USA) 69-70-71-74.

285 - LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 76-67-72-70, Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 69-68-77-71, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 71-70-75-69, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 64-76-76-69, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 72-71-71-71, Daniel CHOPRA (SWE) 70-72-72-71, Ryan MCCORMICK (USA) 69-71-71-74, Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 69-70-70-76.

286 - Marcus BOTH (AUS) 71-73-72-70.