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Golf: Home favourite Karandeep Kochhar pips Anirban Lahiri in playoff

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Chandigarh:  Karandeep Kochhar fashioned a remarkable come-from-behind win e, as he  piped seven-time international winner Anirban Lahiri  in the playoff  to lift the trophy at the Rs. 1.5 crore Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Presented by TAKE Sports at  his home course Chandigarh Golf Club, .

 The tournament was decided in a playoff for the third year in succession.

Kochhar’s win pushed him up from second to first position in the PGTI Order of Merit as his winning cheque of Rs. 24,24,750 took his season’s earnings to Rs. 33,50,680. He also earned 5 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points  which propelled him from 442 to 355 in the world rankings, a gain of 87 spots

Pune’s Udayan Mane is now second in the PGTI money list with earnings of Rs. 19,24,150. .

Twenty-one-year-old  Kochhar, who began the tournament with a disastrous four-over-76 to lie tied 76th after round one, made a grand comeback with his next three rounds of 66, 67 and 68 to end up in a playoff with pre-tournament favourite Lahiri after both totaled 11-under-277 for the week.

Kochhar  (76-66-67-68) and Anirban (70-68-70-69) were in a deadlock after being tied at the end of the first two playoff holes on Sunday. The match was then extended to Monday due to the fading light. They resumed the playoff with the third extra hole at 9 am on Monday. This was the first time in PGTI history that a tournament was extended by a day.

Kochhar, who began the final round in sixth place and three off the lead, went through a rollercoaster  on Sunday after incurring a one-shot penalty for accidentally causing the ball to move on the 17th hole which as a result forced the match into a playoff. 

He finally showed great mental fortitude to come back and prevail on the third playoff hole on Monday making a 15-feet birdie conversion even as Anirban missed his 12-footer for birdie.

Kochhar, as a result, made it back-to-back wins on the TATA Steel PGTI having won the previous event on the tour at the same venue last month. This was his s third title and second win as a professional on the PGTI.

 He had won his first title on the tour while still an amateur in 2016. Interestingly, the he  had lost out in a playoff to Chikkarangappa in the first edition of the tournament back in 2018.

Kochhar said, “I got good advice from Jeev Sir last evening who told me to believe in myself no matter what the situation. It means a great deal to me having made such a good comeback after starting with a 76. Winning two events in a row is special . Having played 15-under in the last three rounds, I attribute this win to my positive mindset as I trusted my game despite the poor start to the week.

“I went on the range this morning and practiced some drivers and wedges. I knew the flag was easier with water not in play so my focus was on hitting a good drive down the middle to set up a 100 yards full sand wedge approach and then get inside 10 to 15 feet of the pin to put the pressure on Anirban. I managed to execute this strategy well. I feel I always have an edge over most players here at my home course. 

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Golf: Akshay Sharma stays at the top with a 71 on day three

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Chandigarh: Akshay Sharma,the overnight leader by one shot, carded a hard-fought one-under-71 on day three to continue as the sole leader in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Presented by TAKE Sports at Chandigarh Golf Club here on Saturday. .

Thirty-year-old Akshay, played steady on a day that witnessed swirling winds  to take his tournament total to 10-under-206, one ahead of the rest, at the Rs. 1.5 crore event.

However, the leader  who won the last of his two titles on the PGTI a month back, has his task cut out with a number of strong contenders breathing down his neck in the chasing pack.  Noida’s Amardeep Malik, who was overnight tied second, also returned a 71 on Saturday to be placed second at nine-under-207.

Pre-tournament favourite Anirban Lahiri (70) gained two spots to occupy tied third at eight-under-208 along with Patna’s Aman Raj (68) and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (72). While Aman gained seven spots in round three, Veer dropped one spot.

Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar produced the round’s best score for the second day in succession as he shot a 67 to rise 12 positions to sixth place at seven-under-209.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Udayan Mane (72) of Pune, Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa (70) and Delhi-based teenaged rookie Harshjeet Singh Sethie (73) were all tied seventh at six-under-210.  

Among the other prominent names, SSP Chawrasia (70) was tied 21st at one-under-215, Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) was tied 36th at two-over-218 and Jyoti Randhawa (73) was tied 42nd at three-over-219.

Akshay Sharma (67-68-71) found himself in a hole when he dropped early bogeys on the first and fourth not being able to strike it accurately due to the wind. However, he got in his stride with a 20-feet birdie conversion from just off the green on the 10th.

Sharma then picked up birdies on the 13th and 14th sinking a 35-feet putt on the latter to tilt the balance in his favour. Akshay finally made a good chip-putt for par on the 15th to keep his nose ahead of the rest.

Akshay said, “The weather conditions were the toughest today especially when I started. It was extremely windy so club selection was difficult and that resulted in bogeys for me early on. On the front-nine I found only four greens in regulation and just couldn’t hit it close enough.

“I’m generally one-under on the first four holes but being two-over this time there was some pressure on me. The pressure only released with the 20-feet birdie conversion on the 10th. I knew I could get a few more birdies thereafter so I was in good rhythm from there on.

“A score of one-under is very good keeping in mind today’s conditions. I know there will be stiff competition on the final day with a lot of names in the reckoning including Anirban but I will just focus on executing my plans.”

Amardeep Malik (68-68-71), another two-time winner on PGTI, came up with an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys during his 71 to keep himself in the hunt. Malik struck a fabulous approach on the par-5 13th to set up a five feet eagle conversion. He also closed the day in style with a birdie chip-in on the 18th from behind the green.

Malik said, “It was a really tough day for me considering the wind and the flags being tough. After bogeys on the 11th and 12th I did well to recover with the eagle on the 13th. I then ended the round well with birdies on the last two holes. The chip-in on the 18th probably saved me two shots.”

Aman Raj will be the third player in the leader group on Sunday thanks to his bogey-free effort of 68.

The highlight of Veer Ahlawat’s round was his massive tee shot on the par-5 13th that landed just short of 400 yards.

Anirban Lahiri (70-68-70) continued to make his gradual progression up the leaderboard with his 70 which featured three birdies and a bogey. He also recovered well from the bushes to make par on the 16th.

Lahiri, who struggled with his putting on Saturday, said, “It was another good day of ball-striking but the toughest day for me on the greens. I missed so many putts inside 10 feet and also missed a couple of three-footers.

“However, I feel I didn’t hit too many bad putts. I made a lot of good strokes but had a few bad breaks today. I feel as long as I’m stroking it well on the greens and doing what I need to do, I should have nothing to complain about.”   

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Golf: Star studded field for Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020

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Chandigarh: PGA Tour regular Anirban Lahiri,  Gaganjeet Bhullar and SSP Chawrasia will lead the star-studded field in the Rs 1.5 crore prize money  third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports at the  Chandigarh Golf Club from December 3 – 6

The main event will be preceded by the Pro-Am event on December 2.Anirban Lahiri will be playing his first PGTI event in over six years. He  last played on the tour in 2014.

The tournament this year is one of the strongest Chandigarh has ever witnessed as the who’s who of Indian golf will be there including event host Jeev Milkha Singh.The field will feature 120 participants.

Others who will be seen in action include Asian Tour regulars Jyoti Randhawa, Rashid Khan and former champion Chikkarangappa, The foreign challenge will be led by the Bangladesh duo of Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.

The other prominent names from Chandigarh besides Jeev Milkha Singh are those of Karandeep Kochhar (the winner of PGTI’s last event), Akshay Sharma, Aadil Bedi, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Sujjan Singh, Angad Cheema, Harendra Gupta, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Harmeet Kahlon, Amandeep Johl, Gurbaaz Mann, Ranjit Singh and Amritinder Singh.Jeev Milkha Singh is the first Indian professional golfer to have a PGTI event named after him. Jeev conquered uncharted territory over two decades back when he became one of the first Indian golfers to taste success at the international level. Since then he has added many more firsts and Indian records to his name.

He  has the rare distinction of being the only Indian to have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice (in 2006 & 2008). He has won multiple titles on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour and has 14 Major appearances to his name. Jeev has also achieved a career-high world ranking of 28, an Indian record.

 Jeev said, “I’m really excited about hosting the third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports. I couldn’t have asked for better finishes over the last two years as both the previous editions ended with playoffs. The tournament has also had very strong fields and good scoring in the past. Hopefully, we’ll get to witness an even more enthralling and successful event this year.

“I would like to thank Mr. Srinivasan HR and TAKE Sports for being the driving force behind the event and the PGTI, all our players and the Chandigarh Golf Club for their support in making the event a success. We are going through tough times being in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic so I would like to request everyone to kindly follow all the safety protocols during the event in order to stay safe and healthy.’ 

 PGTI  CEO Uttam Mundy said, “We eagerly look forward to staging the third edition of the tournament, one of TATA Steel PGTI’s marquee events. The first two editions of the tournament exceeded expectations with memorable playoff finishes. We can expect another fascinating week of golf this year with a number of India’s international stars participating in the event.

“The event is our tribute to Jeev Milkha Singh for his unparalleled achievements on the international stage which brought glory to India and inspired a whole generation of Indian golfers.”

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