Gangjee tops qualifiers to earn berth in UBS Hong Kong OpenBy IANS
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
JOHOR BAHRU - India’s Rahil Gangjee has topped the qualifiers to earn a berth into the main UBS Hong Kong Open tournament next month.
Gangjee will tee off against the likes of Korea’s Yang Yong-eun, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang and Northern Irish youngster Rory Mcllroy after securing one of the top three spots to the $2.5 million UBS Hong Kong Open at the international qualifying tournament on Wednesday.
Gangjee, with one Asian Tour win to his record, posted a five-under-par 67 to book his place in next month’s showpiece event when play was finally completed after being suspended due to inclement weather at the Palm Resort Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the UBS Hong Kong Open will also give Thailand’s Udorn Duangdecha another chance to seek his maiden win on the Asian Tour after he returned with a matching 67 for a place in the third-last event counting towards the 2009 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
England’s Nick Redfern also posted a similar 67 to take the third and final spot.
The UBS Hong Kong Open is Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event, having started in 1959 and will once again be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour at the Hong Kong Golf Club from Nov 12-15.