Panasonic Open India had a new winner this time around, with Indian golfer Khalin Joshi winning his maiden Asian Tour title during the 8th edition of the USD 400,000 tournament at the Delhi Golf Club.
Joshi has been in good touch throughout the year and has had 2 runner-up finishes & 3 Top Ten finishes at the Asian Tour events this season. Joshi also became the 5th Indian to win the Asian Tour title in 2018 after Shubhankar Sharma won the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, Rahil Gangjee won the Pansasonic Open Championship in japan, Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Fiji International in Fiji, while Viraj Madappa won the TAKE Solutions Masters in Bengaluru. He is the 7th Indian to win the event during its 8 editions, the others being Shiv Kapur (2017), Mukesh Kumar (2016), Chirag Kumar (2015), SSP Chowrasia (2014), Digvijay Singh (2012) and Anirban Lahiri (2011).
Roaring back from two early bogeys, the 26-year-old Bengaluru pro bounced back with six birdies, including a birdie-birdie finish as he had four birdies in the last five holes.
As Joshi equaled 2017 champion Shiv Kapur's best winning score of 17-under to emerge champion, Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh (69) was second. This was the Bangladeshi’s 3rd runner-up finish at Panasonic Open and 5th Top 10 finish at the event in last five starts.
Other Indians in the fray once again had a great week with six finishers in the Top-14 and eight in the Top-16, though, the defending champion Shiv Kapur (72) was T-24th, while Jeev Milkha Singh, who hosts an invitational event next week in Chandigarh, after a 69-68 start, faded over the weekend with 75-76 and finished T-47th.