Golf: Korean teen sensation wins Panasonic Open
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Gurgaon (India) (AFP)
Korean teenager Joohyung Kim on Sunday become the second-youngest winner on the Asian Tour when he won the shortened Panasonic Open in India by one stroke ahead of local challengers Shiv Kapur and Chikkarangappa S.
The 17-year-old, who was making just his third start on the Tour this year, fired a seven-under-par 65 in the third and final round at the 54-hole, $400,000 tournament in Gurgaon near New Delhi to clinch the title.
Kapur had a share of the overnight lead with Australia's Terry Pilkadaris but was let down by a costly double-bogey seven on his closing hole.
Pilkadaris finished fourth after carding a 71, while Indonesia's Rory Hie, Chinese Taipei's Hung Chien-yao and India's Vikrant Chopra were tied fifth.
"I'm really speechless. It has been a dream of mine to play on the Asian Tour ever since I was young," Kim said.
"And it's really wonderful to come here, be in contention and win. I cannot describe the feeling now."
The Asian Tour event was shortened to 54 holes amid a severe and toxic smog enveloping northern India.
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