29 October 2017: After an eventful week at the Royal Wellington Golf Club, Rayhan Thomas and Priyanshu Singh emerged in a tie for 35th place. Yashas Chandra finished in T48 with Yuvraj Sandhu ending the week in T60. China’s Yuxin Lin capped a brilliant week with a sensational final round 65 to claim a three-stroke victory over compatriot Andy Zhang. Lin scored 69-67-69-65 in his four rounds for a 14-under total of 270.
The margin of victory was deceiving though, as it took a steely effort at the end for Lin to go past a determined Zhang. The 17-year-old showed remarkable poise, producing a brilliant birdie at the 17th to gain a one-shot lead. The champion ended the week with a spectacular eagle to secure a memorable victory.
Yuxin earns a treasured pass to the 2018 Masters and Open Championship with his performance at the RWGC. He follows in the footsteps of his countrymen Cheng Jin, 2015 and Guan Tianlang, 2012 becoming the third Chinese player to win this event.
On the Indian front, we had six players competing in this prestigious event. Sunit Chowrasia and Kshitij Kaul missed the cut, while the remaining four battled with their souls to make a mark.
Rayhan added three birdies on Sunday to take his tally from the week to 10, but he also conceded 10 bogeys a double and a triple to end the week at 5-over 289.
Priyanshu fired five birdies on Sunday, including four of them on the back nine. But he also conceded six bogeys to account for a final round 72.
Yashas scored a battling 74 to end the week at 9-over 293. Yuvraj slipped to T60 with a 76 in the final round. He ended the week with a 15-over total of 299.
Yechun Yuan and Min Woo Lee finished in a tie for third place. Cheng Jin finished in fifth place, making it four out of five for the Chinese, underlining the nation as an emerging power in golf.