Rory Hie wins at Classic Golf, Rashid Khan settles for second

Despite a spirited fight from Rashid Khan, who made 69, Rory Hie held on to complete a two-stroke victory in the Classic Golf International Championship

Rashid Khan finished T2 at the Classic Golf & Country Club

15 September 2019: An exciting week of golf at the Classic Golf & Country Club came to an end with Rory Hie collecting the winner’s spoils. At 21-under 267, the Indonesian took home a spectacular trophy and the winner’s cheque of $54,000

Rory Hie collects his trophy at the Classic Golf & Country Club
Rory Hie collects his trophy at the Classic Golf & Country Club

There was plenty to cheer for Indian fans. Rashid Khan chased silver nearly through the end, before being set back by a bogey at the 15th hole. The 28-year-old finished in T2, with a birdie at the 72nd hole helping him tie with Korean Byungjun Kim two strokes behind the winner.

Asian Tour rookie and exciting young prospect, Aadil Bedi showed true class with a brilliant 66 on Sunday to finish in fourth place. The teenager from Chandigarh ended the week just one behind Rahid and two in front of Aman Raj, Kwanchai Tannin, Suttijet Kooratanapisan and another compatriot Abhijit Chadha.

Rashid was three-under through and locked in a steady battle with the eventual winner, but conceding a stroke with just three holes left to play, snatched any feeling of momentum from him. He did well to finish with a birdie, his fourth of the day, at the 18th hole but it was only enough to claw even with Byungjun Kim, who had settled into the comfort of the clubhouse at 19-under 269.

Aadil Bedi showed why we might be discussing his name ever more often with a stellar finish that brought him to the edge of greater glory. The 18-year-old went on a rampage at the end, scoring five straight birdies for a rousing finish. He scored seven birdies and a lone bogey at the eighth hole in a spectacular 66 in the final round.

Aman Raj, who like Aadil, earned his Asian Tour card through qualifying school at the end of 2018, also made a good case for himself at the Classic Golf & Country Club. Aman started with a bogey on the first, but he settled his nerves with a run of four birdies in five holes to finish in T5 with Abhijit Chadha.