Magical Madappa secures record-breaking victory
Bengaluru, August 12: Young talent Viraj Madappa delighted the home crowd when he closed with a four-under-par 67 to claim a two-shot victory for his first Asian Tour title at the TAKE Solutions Masters on Sunday.
Madappa, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, became the record youngest Indian, at the age of 20 years and nine months, to win on the Asian Tour following his breakthrough at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) Golf Course.
Apart from becoming the youngest Asian Tour winner from India, Madappa is also the first rookie and youngest player to win on Tour this season. He takes home a winner’s prize purse of US$63,000 and earned a one-year winner exemption on the region’s premier Tour.
Starting the final round two shots back, Madappa reeled in six pars before dropping a shot on the seventh. He bounced back brilliantly with five birdies to cap a winning total of 16-under-par 268 at the US$350,000 Asian Tour event.
Argentinean Miguel Carballo, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, rode on a birdie-par-eagle finish to sign for a 71, sharing second place with Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent (68), as well as Thailand’s Danthai Boonma (70) and Suradit Yongcharoenchai (66).
Home favourites Khalin Joshi, Honey Baisoya and S.S.P. Chawrasia settled for sixth place on 272 following respective rounds of 72, 70 and 70 at the TAKE Solutions Masters, which celebrated its second straight edition on the Asian Tour this week.
Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai recorded the second ace of the week on the par-three fourth hole after hitting an eight-iron from 180 yards. It was his third hole-in-one recorded in a professional tournament. Pasavee ended his campaign in tied-33rd place on 280 following a 70.
Did you know?
- Viraj Madappa became the youngest Indian player to win on the Asian Tour after lifting the 2018 TAKE Solutions Masters trophy. He won at the age of 20 years and nine months, breaking the previous record set by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was 21 years and three months old when he won his first Asian Tour title at the 2009 Indonesia President Invitational.
- Madappa is also the youngest winner on the Asian Tour this season.
- Madappa, who turned professional in 2017, made the grade in his first attempt at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January. He is the first rookie to win on the Asian Tour this season.
- He hails from Kolkata but is now based in Bengaluru and trained by Tarun Sardesai at the Tarun Sardesai academy.
- Prior to his breakthrough, Madappa made only four cuts in eight starts on Tour this season, with his best result being a tied-14th place finish at the Royal Cup in Thailand last month.
- Madappa totaled one-under on the front-nine 34 and 15-under on the back-nine 37 on the 7,074 yards course this week.
- After graduating school, Madappa gained admission to the Texas A&M in the United States to study a Bachelor of Arts degree while playing on the college golf team in 2016. The young India, however, only stayed there for a semester before deciding to return home to play professional golf.
- Miguel Carballo marked his best result on the Asian Tour with the joint runner-up finish at the 2018 TAKE Solutions Masters. Starting the round with a one-shot advantage, Carballo dropped three bogeys in his first 15 holes but fought back to an even-par 71 with a solid birdie-par-eagle finish.
- Like Madappa, Carballo also came through the Qualifying School in his first attempt earlier in January.
- Carballo has notched five top-10s in seven starts on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) so far this season. He sits in fourth place on the current ADT Order of Merit.
- Carballo enjoyed a tied-fifth place finish on the region’s premier Tour at the Asia-Pacific Classic in China earlier in May.
- Carballo turned professional in 2002. Hails from Bahia Blanca, Argentina. He is the only Argentinean member on the Asian Tour. Also a former player on the PGA Tour in 2012.
- Suradit Yongcharoenchai matched his career-best finish on the Asian Tour with his joint runner-up finish this week. He last came in tied-second at the 2016 Indonesian Masters.
- The 19-year-old Thai ended his 2017 season in 43rd place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, thereby keeping his card for 2018.
- Prior to this week, Suradit has endured three consecutive missed cuts on the Asian Tour. He also bettered his result at the TAKE Solutions Masters where he took seventh place last year.