Ghei breaks 11-year drought with Taiwan Masters win
Ghei, whose last win was on home soil in 1995, walked away with the top prize of 100,000 dollarsindia Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:25 IST
India's Gaurav Ghei broke an 11-year winning drought by clinching the Taiwan Masters with a sizzling six-under-par 66 here on Sunday.
Ghei carded a bogey-free final round that included six birdies to finish one stroke ahead of overnight leader Rahil Gangjee who fired a disappointing 71 on the final day at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
The 38-year-old Ghei, whose last win was the Gadgil Western Masters on home soil in 1995, scored a four-day total of 10-under-par 278 to walk away with the top prize of 100,000 dollars.
"It has been 11 years since I won and the way I played in the last two days without dropping a shot, it is just fantastic," said Ghei who started the day four shots off the pace.
"This is all going to take a while to sink in," said the Indian, who made a giant leap to 10th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Ted Oh of Korea was third after carding an even-par for the second consecutive day, four strokes behind the champion.
Korean young gun Park Jun-won scored 69 to finish tied fourth alongside Australia's Adam Groom and Americans Jason Knutzon and Bryan Saltus.
Yeh Wei-tze carded a 73 to finish as the highest ranked local in eighth position.
Ghei conquered the front nine, thanks to solid putting, with birdies at the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh holes. After having to scramble for par at the 10th hole, Ghei bounced back with a birdie at the 12th and was steady as he parred the remaining six holes.
"I had a great start and was five under on the front and I told myself to play well and keep it on the fairway," he said.
"The key hole for me is probably the par save at the 10th hole. I struck it off the tee and the ball landed in the bunker around six feet away from the pin. The second shot was awesome as the ball landed right next to the cup and I putted for par," he said.
The win means Ghei has booked his spot for the HSBC Champions tournament in November.
Indian Gangjee started well with birdies at the second and fifth holes but he stumbled and dropped a shot at the seventh hole. After carding another bogey on the 14th, Gangjee gave chase and ended his run with a birdie at the final 18th hole.
"I didn't expect to finish in second place as I was gunning for the top spot. But I never really charged. I started off good but then endured poor putting and was unlucky with the lie on the seventh hole and that's not the way to win a tournament.
"Gaurav played really well and shooting six under on the final round, that is really good," said Gangjee, who chalked up his best finish this season.
First Published: Oct 02, 2006 00:29 IST