April 28, 2018: The Panasonic Japan Open winner Rahil Gangjee finished his second straight week in Japan with a 75 in the final round of The Crowns. YE Yang put an end to his lengthy drought with a brilliant four stroke victory over Anthony Quayle and Jung-Gon Hwang. The Korean hasn’t won a title since taking the Volvo China Open in 2010, but played brilliantly this week to post four scores of 67 for a comfortable victory.
Gangjee, fresh off his first ever victory on the Japan Golf Tour, started the week with a 69. The Indian himself is bursting with energy since ending his 14 year title drought with a clutch performance in the Panasonic Japan Open.
The world No.372 played exceptionally well for much of Sunday. He was clean as a whistle through the 13th as he looked to cap a good week at the Nagoya Golf Club.
A birdie at the 12th had helped Gangjee back to even for the week, enough to land him well inside the top 40. Unfortunately for Gangjee the wheels came off over the final stretch.
As fatigue set in, Gangjee made a bogey at the 14th. Disaster awaited him at the next hole, as he slipped to a painful triple bogey on the 15th.
He steadied his hand with a par at the 16th but more pain awaited the chirpy 39 year old. Bogeys at the 17th and 18th dropped him to a 75 for the day.
The Wago course plays to par at 70 and scores of 73 on Friday and the 75 in the final round proved far too expensive. Gangjee did play well though, except for patches, paying a heavy price for his errors.
The winner had no such trouble. Yang made bogeys at the 2nd and 10th, but also made five birdies to shoot his fourth straight 67 and march away with the honours.
Quayle made seven birdies but also conceded three bogeys, settling for a 67 and a tie for second with Hwang. The Korean was way behind at the start of the day, as he began his round at even through 54 holes.
A sensational 62 helped fire him near the top of the order, as he coasted through the day without a speck on his card. Hwang rode an eagle at the 398 yard 8th hole and six other birdies to take a share of second position.