Phuket, May 15 (PTI) Kartik Sharma recorded his first career Top 5 outside India by adding a 2-under 69 in the third and final round of the $75,000 Blue Canyon Classic on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Sharma, a southpaw, totaled 11 under 202 with rounds of 66-67-69.
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Among the other Indians, M Dharma (66-71-67) and first-round leader Udayan Mane (63-71-70) finished T-13. It was a disappointment for Mane, who shot 63 on day one but then fell in the standings the following two days.
Yashas Chandra (68-71-66) was T-19 at 8 under and Yuvraj Sandhu (70-68-71) was T-42 at 4 under.
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China’s Chen Guxin produced a superb back nine charge with seven birdies in his final eight holes to snatch the Blue Canyon Classic from overnight leader Denwit Boriboonsub.
An eventual eight under 63 helped Guxin, who started the final round two strokes behind and in third in the final group, set the clubhouse target at -16. It turned out to be a better shot than Boriboonsub landed with a solid 66.
He saw an eight-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole burn the cup but didn’t go down and settled for second.
It was Guxin’s first victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and MENA Tour and a third professional victory after a purple patch last June saw him win twice on the China Tour, at the Lanhi Classic and at Xian Classic. It was also his first victory outside of China.
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