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Rahil Gangjee

Rahil Gangjee
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1978-10-02) 2 October 1978
Calcutta, India
Nationality  India
Career
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) Asian Tour
Former tour(s) Web.com Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
Asian Tour 1
Other 1

Rahil Gangjee (born 2 October 1978) is a professional golfer from India who currently plays on the Asian Tour, where he has one victory.

Early life and amateur career

Gangjee was born in Calcutta where he still resides. He was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta. He had a decorated amateur career that included the 1997 Sri Lankan Amateur, and the East India Amateur in 1997 and 1999. He would soon become tagged as India's number one amateur in 1999. He turned professional in 2000 and played in his first full season on the Asian Tour in 2004.

Professional career

Gangjee was a surprise winner in his lone tournament victory at the Volkswagen Masters-China in 2004. It was only his 4th start of the season and 8th career start on Tour. He finished at -15 and won in a playoff over Korea's Mo Joong-kyung.[1] It was a strong field at the Volkswagen Masters that included Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Phillip Price, Jeev Milkha Singh, Des Terblanche and Zhang Lian-wei.

Gangjee would continue playing full time on the tour, not picking up another tournament win between 2004 and 2008. He made 16 of 25 cuts with only one top-10 finish in 2008, not being able to keep his card for 2009. He did however pick up a non-tour event in India in 2008 in June at the PGTI Players Championship on the Professional Golf Tour of India in his home town of Calcutta by a dominating margin of five strokes.[2]

At the 2011 Mylan Classic on the Nationwide Tour, Gangjee made an ace on the par-4 15th hole during the final round. He used driver to pull off the 316 yard shot.[3]

Gangjee played on the Nationwide Tour/Web.com Tour in 2011 and 2012 and then returned to the Asian Tour. His best finish on the Nationwide Tour was T-11 at the 2011 Rex Hospital Open.

Personal life

Gangjee was interested in horseback riding growing up as a boy in Calcutta, but his father made him give it up because he believed it was too dangerous.

Gangjee credits Arjun Atwal (a former Asian Number One), as his inspiration. Atwal lives three doors down from Gangjee in Calcutta.

Amateur wins

  • 1997 Sri Lankan Amateur, East India Amateur
  • 1999 East India Amateur

Professional wins (2)

Asian Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 2 May 2004 Volkswagen Masters-China –15 (69-66-70-68=273) Playoff Mo Joong-kyung

PGTI wins (1)

  • 2008 PGTI Players Championship

Team appearances

Amateur

References

  1. ^ Gangjee Claims Dream Victory in Volkswagen Masters-China
  2. ^ Ganjgee wins in a Canter
  3. ^ "Gangjee third in Nationwide Tour history to ace par-4". PGA Tour. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 

External links

  • Rahil Gangjee at the Asian Tour official site
  • Rahil Gangjee at the PGA Tour official site
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