Golfer Ajeetesh finishes tied 22nd in ADT meet

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 28 (IANS) Indian golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu dropped eight places to finish tied 22nd after scoring one-over 72 in the third and final round of the weather-shortened PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship here on Saturday.

Ajeetesh, who scored four-under 67 and 72 in the first two rounds, took his three-day total to two-under 211 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club East Course.

The Indian got off to a horrible start as he double bogeyed the par-four first hole. He recovered with two birdies on the sixth and 11th holes but bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 18th derailed his round.

Meanwhile, Janne Kaske of Finland fired seven-under 64 to win his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by five shots. His winning total was 14-under 199.

Kaske, the co-overnight leader with Casey O’Toole, opened with four straight birdies before adding four more birdies against one bogey to finish on a superb 64.

He earned $8,143 and six valuable Official world ranking points at the RM200,000 (approximately $50,000) event which is the penultimate stop on the ADT schedule this year.

Jordan Sherratt of Australia settled for second place following a 67 while Order of Merit leader O’Toole (70) of the United States, Sam Cyr (67), Raphael De Sousa (69) of Switzerland and Thai duo Pijit Petchkasem (68) and Itthipat Buranatanyarat (68) shared third position on 205.

Kaske’s victory propelled him to seventh position on the Order of Merit, two spots away from earning playing rights in the 2016 Asian Tour season with one more tournament to play. He trails fifth placed Masaru Takahashi of Japan by slightly over $1,800.

The ADT’s next and final stop will be at the Baht 3 million (approximately US$91,000) Boonchu Ruangkit Championship which will be staged at the Rancho Chanrvee Golf & Country Resort from December 24 to 27 in Thailand.

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