Keita Nakajima wins the Hero Indian Open

Keita Nakajima clinched his maiden victory on the DP World Tour at the 2024 Hero Indian Open

by Andrea Gussoni
Keita Nakajima wins the Hero Indian Open
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Keita Nakajima clinched his maiden victory on the DP World Tour at the 2024 Hero Indian Open. The Japanese golfer dominated the tournament, carding rounds of -7, -7, and -4 before finishing with a +1 to end at -17. He becomes the second Japanese player, following Rikuya Hoshino, to win on the tour in 2024, and the seventh overall on the former European tour.

This victory propels him to the 13th position in the Race to Dubai rankings and secures him a spot in the top 80 of the world rankings, opening doors to prestigious events like the Majors and PGA Tour.

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Behind Nakajima, there was a trio of players making significant climbs in the leaderboard.

Indian Veer Ahlawat, Swedish Sebastian Soderberg, and American Johannes Veerman finished four shots behind (although at one point, the gap was even wider). Notably, Soderberg and Veerman shot impressive -5 rounds, while Ahlawat's eagle on the 18th hole brought joy to him and the home crowd.

Matteo Manassero finished fifth with a score of -12, which catapulted him into the top ten of the Race to Dubai (currently ninth). He was joined by Frenchmen Jeong-weon Ko and Romain Langasque, as well as Malaysian Gavin Green.

It was a challenging day for all, especially for them, with Green and Langasque finishing at +2, while Manassero and Ko finished at +1. Danish player Jeff Winther secured ninth place at -11, while German Yannik Paul finished tenth at -10.

As for the other Italians, Francesco Laporta flirted with the top ten until the final stretch but was let down by two double bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, ultimately finishing 26th at -5. Lorenzo Scalise ended 31st at -4, with a +2 for the day, while Edoardo Molinari finished 58th at +3.

In the autumn of 2022, Nakajima transitioned to professional golf and made his debut on the professional PGA Tour at the 2022 Zozo Championship, securing a T12 finish. During the 2023 season, Nakajima enjoyed considerable success on the Japan Golf Tour, clinching victory three times in his rookie year.

His outstanding performance not only topped the money list but also earned him recognition as the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. In March 2024, Nakajima achieved another milestone by claiming his inaugural victory on the European Tour. He dominated the Hero Indian Open from start to finish, winning by a margin of four shots.

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