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Khalin Joshi turns the tables, wins the  Jaipur Open 

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Jaipur: Khalin Joshi’s final round of three-under 67 proved good enough for him to turn the tables on nearest rival and fellow Bengalurean M Dharma and emerge victorious at the Rs. 40 lakh Jaipur Open at the par-70 Rambagh Golf Club (RGC) here on Friday.

Joshi (61-66-64-67), who made a dramatic three-putt from four feet on the last hole to end the tournament with a bogey, won by one shot as he totaled 22-under 258 for the week.

Khalin’s fifth career title ended his three-year-long victory drought. The 29-year-old Joshi, who hails from the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course, overcame the disappointment of his runner-up finish in Delhi last week as bagged a winning cheque worth Rs. 6,46,600 to move up from fifth to third in the PGTI Order of Merit. He made six birdies and three bogeys on the last day.

Dharma (62-62-65-70), the overnight leader by two shots, slipped to second place with an even-par 70 on the last day as he struggled to hole putts. He ended the week with a total of 21-under 259.

Sunit Chowrasia (64) of Kolkata and Harendra Gupta (65) of Chandigarh took tied third place at 20-under 260. Chowrasia’s round featured seven birdies and a bogey while Gupta had an eagle, four birdies, and a bogey.

Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu produced the best round of the tournament, a 10-under 60, to claim tied seventh place at 18-under 262. Yuvraj sank an eagle on the 18th from five feet and also made nine birdies and a bogey during his round.

Khalin Joshi, whose last title came at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India in 2018, had a promising start when he almost holed out from 100 yards on the first to set up an easy birdie. After a bogey on the second, Khalin rallied with 15-feet birdie conversions on the sixth and eighth.

Joshi’s bogey on the 12th did not derail his round as he came back stronger once again with birdies on the 13th, 14th, and 17th to take a three-shot lead and emerge favourite for the title. He bogeyed the last hole after a three-putt from four feet to finally win by just one shot.

Khalin, who was playing in Jaipur after four years, said, “It’s a huge relief and very satisfying to end a long wait for victory especially after coming so close last week. I was happy to find some form over the last few weeks. My game was shaping up well so I knew that it was just a matter of time before I won.

Dharma, missed out on opportunities on the greens as his putts didn’t roll in. He led the field for the first six holes of the day. He then made three birdies but an equal number of bogeys that slowed him down. He had a stroke of bad luck on the 15th tee when his belt accidentally came off and got entangled with his hands during his swing resulting in a poor tee shot and a bogey.

Delhi’ Sachin Baisoya (64) and Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa (65) took tied fifth place at 19-under 261.

Delhi’s Ajay Baisoya made a hole-in-one on the sixth during his final round of 67. Baisoya, who made another eagle on the 17th, signed off with a total of 14-under 266 to secure tied 14th place. Pune’s  Udayan Mane (64) was tied ninth at 17-under 263.

Hemendra Choudhary (66-70-68-72), playing at his home course, finished tied 39th at four-under 276.

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M Dharma maintains lead, Khalin Joshi in second place at Jaipur Open 

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Jaipur: Bengalureans  M Dharma and Khalin Joshi are all set to take on each other in a  contest for top honours in the final round of the Rs. 40 lakh Jaipur Open at the par-70 Rambagh Golf Club (RGC).

Two-time PGTI winner Dharma (62-62-65), the overnight leader by three shots, ended round three with a two-shot lead after his score of 65 on Thursday moved his total to 21-under 189.

Khalin Joshi (61-66-64), a winner of four titles including one on the Asian Tour, moved from overnight tied second to sole second place at 19-under 191 following his 64 in round three.

Thirty-five-year-old Dharma and 29-year-old Khalin, have stamped their authority this week in Jaipur as both have been placed inside the top-3 on the first three days of the event.

Veer Ahlawat (67) of Gurugram and Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta (67) will be the dark horses going into the final day as they are currently placed third at 16-under 194 and fourth at 15-under 195 respectively.

Dharma, looking for his first title in four years, had a slow start to the day as he missed a few short birdie putts early on and then dropped a bogey on the fourth after finding the bunker. Dharma finally got into his stride with a great tee shot on the sixth that left him a four-foot birdie conversion.

Thereafter Dharma added five more birdies till the 16th thanks to some birdie conversions from a range of six to 10 feet. His accurate approach on the 15th set up a tap-in birdie for him. He missed only his second green of the day on the 17th and paid the penalty with another bogey. Dharma capped the day picking up another stroke on the 18th where he had an opportunity for an eagle from 15 feet.

Dharma said, “The fact that I missed two greens today and bogeyed both those holes means I need to continue hitting it well in order to create more chances for myself. Once I do that, I’m confident that the putts will roll in.

“After a poor start, it was the excellent tee shot on the fourth that got me back in my rhythm. I enjoy playing at the RGC as it is a shorter course and thus suits my game since my wedge-play is very strong.

Khalin Joshi, searching for his first win in three years, went bogey-free for the first time this week. His six birdies were complemented by two outstanding par-saves from a distance of 12 to 20 feet on the eighth and 16th.  

Veer Ahlawat kept himself in contention with a 67 that featured six birdies and three bogeys. He finished runner-up in consecutive PGTI events in September.

Harendra Gupta sank an eagle on the 17th and made four birdies and three bogeys during his 67. He has maintained his position inside the top-5 over the first three days.

Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia shot the day’s best score of 63 to be placed tied fifth at 14-under 196 along with PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar (67) of Chandigarh and last week’s winner Viraj Madappa (68) of Kolkata. Pune’s  Udayan Mane (68) was tied 12th at 11-under 199. Hemendra Choudhary (66-70-68), playing at his home course, was tied 31st at six-under 204.
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Khalin Joshi fires scorching 61 for the first-round lead at Jaipur Open 

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Jaipur, 12 October: Bengaluru golferKhalin Joshi fired a scorching nine-under 61 to take the lead in round one of the Rs. 40 lakh Jaipur Open at the  par-70 Rambagh Golf Club (RGC). here.   

Joshi, riding on the confidence of top-10s in the last two PGTI events including a runner-up finish in Delhi last week, knocked in an eagle and nine birdies in exchange for two bogeys on Tuesday.

Rookie Kartik Sharma of Gurugram and M Dharma, another Bengaluru-based pro, struck error-free rounds of eight-under 62 consisting of an eagle and six birdies each to hold the joint second position.

Khalin Joshi sank some tough par putts at the start which enabled him to judge the speed of the greens. Khalin then got going with consecutive birdies on the 12th, 13th, and 14th before recovering from the bunker for a birdie on the 17th followed by another birdie on the par-5 18th.

After making the turn at an impressive four-under, Joshi pushed ahead with a birdie from close range on the second. His bogey on the third was negated by birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh, all converted from a range of eight to 15 feet. The icing on the cake in his extraordinary round was the eagle on the par-5 eighth hole where he drained a 10-footer.   

“I’m extremely satisfied with today’s effort. I feel I’m carrying forward the confidence from last week’s good finish. I also had a great practice round on Monday which got me in a good frame of mind. My game seems to be heading in the right direction as I feel my swing is in control and I’m rolling the putts well,” said Khalin.

“This is not a long course so there will be low scores through the week. Whoever can capitalize on the six par-3s and the four par-5s here will be able to put up low numbers. Another important factor would be to keep the ball on the fairway and out of the rough in order to find the comparatively smaller greens at this course. The greens are smaller compared to many other courses but still quite accessible.”

Kartik Sharma, fresh from top-10s in the last three events, made some long conversions including a 40-footer for birdie on the ninth and a 15-feet eagle putt on the closing 18th. Kartik, who last played at the RGC as a junior golfer about four years back, also chipped in for birdie on the 15th.

M Dharma made a chip-in for eagle on the 14th. He came extremely close to adding two more eagles to his card on the 17th and eighth where he missed the hole by inches.

The Chandigarh duo of Harendra Gupta and Abhijit Singh Chadha were in tied fourth place with scores of 63. Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa, last week’s winner, occupied tied sixth place at 64 along with Gurugram golfers Veer Ahlawat and Dhruv Sheoran.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh was in tied ninth place after a round of 65, Udayan Mane returned a 66 to be tied 17th.

Jaipur’s Hemendra Choudhary also carded a 66 to be the highest-placed local golfer in tied 17th. Among the other Jaipur-based professionals, Vishal Singh posted a 70 to be tied 65th while Girraj Singh Khadka’s 71 placed him tied 76th.

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