Great Friendship – Shaun Norris and Rahil Gangjee

Great Friendship – Shaun Norris and Rahil Gangjee

Four-time Japan Golf Tour winner, Shaun Norris was chasing his fifer at Toride Kokusai Golf Club and for the first two days Shaun’s brother was caddying for him but when he fell ill just before the weekend, Shawn had to carry his golf bag on his own through a trolly for the weekend.
 
And after 72 holes, Shaun Norris was sharing the top spot with Scott Vincent and Tomoharu Otsuki so, the match went to playoffs and it was playoffs time thus, all players had finished their round apart from the leaders who were tied at -21.
 
India’s Rahil Gangjee had a great week in Tsukubamirai city as Rahil achieved the season-best finish of T11, therefore, Rahil and his caddie Rags were free and coincidently they were standing beside Shaun Norris, therefore, the South African asked “So I asked if Rags would like to help...?”
 
Rags and Rahil happily agreed as Rags caddied Shaun for the playoffs and Shaun won the playoffs to win his fifth Japan Golf Tour title in the last five years.
“It’s always nice to just have someone to talk to, especially in a playoffs situation,” said Shaun.
Shaun further added -
“We had a good time and spoke a lot, a lot more jokes than anything and that helps to keep a person calm…he is a great guy and good friend, really appreciate that he could help me.”

India’s Rahil Gangjee showed astonishing sportsman spirit on 23rd May 2021 to help Shaun Norris during a crucial stage of the event.

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS/DECCAN HERALD]
 

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June 03, 2021 in Golf

Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

Tomorrow the Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is going to host the 2021 PGA Championship and in a short period, the Ocean Course has been part of numerous historic events and got a worldwide appreciation for its link-style design course.
 
To trace the course’s history, we go back to 1988 when a company hired the famed golf architect Pete Dye to make a golf course and complete it within a short time for hosting the 1991 Ryder Cup.
 
When Pete Dye first-time came to Charleston where the land is located, he was bamboozled by its location which had bundles of sand and marshes all over the place and also it is near the Atlantic Ocean so, with only 3 years in hand, Pete Dye and his wife Alice Dye started working on the project. The work was going in the right direction until the disaster stuck in 1989.



Impact of Hurrican Hugo (Photo Credit: Associated Press).
 
In September of 1989, a powerful tropical cyclone named Hurricane Hugo hit the Southeastern United States and South Carolina’s Kiawah Island took a huge hit as the semi-half constructed land of the Ocean Course had taken massive damages, Pete Dye and his team were in deep trouble but still his will was not shanked as Pete and his team went next day (after the hurricane) to the site for inspection and almost starting to build the course all again.
 
During this time, Alice Dye got a question in her mind that, this course was near to the Atlantic Ocean and despite being near to the ocean, she could barely see the ocean which is its unique selling price so, Alice suggested Pete to elevate both fairways and greens by which golfers can not only hear the sound of the ocean but also see it and Pete agreed as a result, holes of 14 to 18 were elevated. But there were some consequences of this move as elevating the piece of land led to strong winds from the Atlantic Ocean due to which the Ocean Course have sturdy winds throughout the year.
 
The project was completed in time before the 1991 Ryder Cup and Ocean Course’s first event turned out to be one of the greatest matches in Ryder Cup history later, Ocean Course hosted many big tournaments like the World Cup (1997, 2003), PGA Professional Championship (2005), Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the most recent event played here, was the PGA Championship in 2012 and on 20th March 2021, major championship golf is returning to the Kiawah Island after 9 years.


[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: KIAWAHISLAND.COM]
 

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May 19, 2021 in Golf Course

ON THIS DAY: Rahil Gangjee’s 2018 Panasonic Open Golf Championship victory

ON THIS DAY: Rahil Gangjee’s 2018 Panasonic Open Golf Championship victory

The Panasonic Open Golf Championship is one of the two Asian Tour-sanctioned events of the Japan Golf Tour and three years ago Rahil Gangjee won this event in Japan and today 22nd April is the third anniversary of Rahil Gangjee winning the 2018 Panasonic Open Golf Championship.
 
Rahil Gangjee’s first international victory was the 2004 Volkswagen Masters in China and as years passed by Rahil didn’t get a single international victory for more than a decade then came Panasonic Open Golf Championship in 2018.

On the first day of the event, Rahil made into the top twenty (T16) following a score of 2 under 70 and Rahil got a fantastic score of six-under 66 on day two that helped him to jump tied second in the leaderboards.
 
And day three was an important day as he needed to score well to remain inside the top three and stay in contention for the win and he was able to manage an under-par score in round three which made him solo second at -11 and Rahil went to the final round by being one stroke behind Hyung-Sung Kim who was at -12.
 
On the final day, Rahil added two under par to his scorecard and on the 18th, Rahil had a birdie opportunity and he successfully scored the birdie and as soon as the ball went in Rahil, was shaken as his putter fell from his hand out of shock and happiness and there you have it, Rahil winning his first international event after a long gap of 14 years.

 

Round Rahil Gangjee's Rank Par Round Score
1. T16 -2 70
2. T2 -8 66
3. 2nd -11 69
4. 1st -14 69

Four consecutive under-par rounds and difference of strokes:
One of the major factors behind Rahil’s victory was his ability to find under-par scores in all four days which kept him near the leader as his continues under par scores reduced the difference of strokes between him and the leader, starting from round one’s gap of 5 strokes to round three’s gap of 1 stroke and another bizarre fact about the event was that all four rounds had new leaders.

Difference of Strokes:
Round Leader Name Leader Score Difference of Strokes
1. Shingo Katayama -7 5
2. Rikuya Hoshino -10 2
3. Hyung-Sung Kim -12 1

And the win gave him a big opportunity to play in Japan as Rahil Gangjee got a two-year exemption in the Japan Golf Tour and in the process, he became the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal to win in Japan.
[PHOTO CREDIT: INDIAN GOLF DIGEST]
 

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April 22, 2021 in Golf

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