September 25, 2016: Rahil Gangjee shot two over 72 in the final round of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, ending the week in T34. September has been a good month for the 461st ranked India who contended for a title on the PGTI Tour before carrying that form into Japan. Chan Shih-chang lit up the Aloha Golf Course with a sensational 8-under 62. It is the fourth career victory for Chan and comes quickly on the heels of his triumphant run in the King’s Cup a few weeks ago.
With an overall score of 10-under 270, the young Taipei star snatched a two shot victory over Ippei Koike. Overnight leader Phachara Khongwatmai fizzled out under Sunday duress. The Thai teenager shot 72 to slip four shots back into T4.
Rahil Gangjee made a quiet and assured start to his final round, making pars through the first nine holes. Gangjee suffered a stumble at the 10th hole, making a double bogey six.
Another bogey followed at the par-4 13th hole but a steady hand from there helped Gangjee post four straight pars.
The 38 year old Indian finished with a final flourish though, scoring a birdie at the final hole to cap a solid performance in Japan.
Himmat Rai started off with a nice birdie at the first hole but suffered as the day progressed. A bogey at the fifth and a double at the ninth meant that he took 37 strokes to get through the first nine holes.
Himmat posted five straight pars after the bend, but bogeys at the 15th, 17th and 18th hurt him. He signed on a 75 that dropped him down to T54.
The day though belonged to Chan. He was imperious around the West Course making a blemishless 62 that was the highlight of the final round. Chan shot three birdies in the first four holes, adding five more on the back nine. He made a hat-trick of birdies from the 12th hole.