Hua Hin, Thailand, 06-03-2022
Gaganjeet Bhullar's last round 64 propels him into tied fifth at International Series Thailand; Shubhankar Sharma claims tied 13th at Magical Kenya Open
Karandeep Kochhar takes tied 16th in Thailand
Gaganjeet Bhullar (67-69-69-64) struck a last round of eight-under 64 that propelled him into a tied fifth finish at 19-under 269 at the Asian Tour's International Series Thailand.
Sihwan Kim of the United States won the event with a total of 26-under 262 at the Black Mountain Golf Club.
Nine-time Asian Tour winner Bhullar, who climbed 36 spots from his overnight tied 41st, came up with a bogey-free round on Sunday that featured four birdies each on the front-nine and back-nine.
Gaganjeet, playing in South East Asia after a gap of 24 months, said, "The beginning of the year was a struggle for me as I had Covid and it took a while to recover from it. But the game has been good since I played in Dubai. Coming to Thailand inspires me as I've won here in the past. I had set a course record of nine-under at this venue many years ago. I was just trying to match that course record today and I came close."
Karandeep Kochhar (65-68-66-72), lying overnight tied second and three off the lead, shot a 72 in the final round to drop down to tied 16th at 17-under 271. Kochhar, a winner on the PGTI the previous week, made an eagle, four birdies and six bogeys in round four.
Elsewhere, at the DP World Tour's Magical Kenya Open in Nairobi, Shubhankar Sharma (65-67-75-69) shot a two-under 69 in the fourth round to finish tied 13th at eight-under 276.
Shubhankar, the halfway leader who had slipped to tied 17th after round three, made gains on Sunday as he moved up four places in the leaderboard. Sharma's round included an eagle, two birdies and two bogeys.
It was Shubhankar's second top-20 of the season following his joint runner-up finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship earlier this year.
Pictures: Asian Tour
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