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Rashid Khan shoots stunning final round of 10-under to emerge champion

Harpal Singh Bedi

Rashid Khan

New Delhi: In-form Rashid Khan shot a scintillating final round of 10-under-54 to clinch victory by four shots at 14-under-149 at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by BSF Golf Course, played at Chhawla, New Delhi.

Rashid (61-31-54), who finished the tournament in a blaze of glory by sinking birdies on the last five holes in round three, thus continued his hot streak by sailing to his fourth title in eight months. His previous three wins since December 2018 had come on the PGTI’s main tour.

Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma (59) and Delhi’s Dhruv Sheoran (61) claimed tied second place at 10-under-153. Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane (60) secured fourth place at nine-under-154.

With two holes, the third and 12th, being in an unplayable condition, the third round featured 16 holes. Therefore, the par for the course for round three was set at 64.

Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan, who began the day three shots off the lead in tied seventh place, reserved his best for the last round as he conjured an astonishing eight birdies and an eagle to outperform all his other nearest rivals.

Rashid put together a four-under on the front-nine courtesy an eagle chip-in on the par-5 seventh and two more birdies to launch himself into contention. Khan then set the course on fire with six birdies on the back-nine which included his second chip-in of the day on the par-4 14th.

His five other birdies on the back-nine came as a result of some accurate hitting that left him putts within a range of five to 10 feet.

Dhruv Sheoran, the second round leader by one shot, slipped to joint second place after posting a three-under-61 on Friday.

Akshay Sharma, lying tied third and two off the lead after round two, delivered a five-under-59 on the final day to also end up in tied second place at 10-under-153.

“This win really lifts my confidence ahead of the second half of the PGTI season,” said Rashid, who also won the PGTI main tour event in Chandigarh in May, the last event on the main tour before the mid-season break.

“I struck it well through the week. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that we could play only nine holes in round two, as I felt I could’ve capitalized yesterday had we played a full round of 18 holes.”he said

“I needed a good start today and I got it on the front-nine. I knew making four to five more birdies on the back-nine would put a lot of pressure on the leaders. That plan worked out well for me. Importantly, I made two chip-ins today at very crucial junctures.” Rashid added.

Rashid Khan fires superb final round of 66, bags second title of the season

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Rashid Khan

Chandigarh: Delhi’s Rashid Khan  fired awesome  final round of six-under-66 to register a two-shot victory at 13-under-275 in the  TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship here on Friday.

Rashid,  who largely went unnoticed on the first three days of the Rs. 30 lakh event, knocked out all his closest rivals with a gallant  showing in the last round.

The 28-year-old Rashid (70-68-71-66), a two-time Asian Tour winner, earned a just reward for firing the last day’s best score as he lifted his 12th professional trophy which was also his 10th on the PGTI.

His  second title of the season pushed him up from second place to first position in the 2019 TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit as his season’s earnings now read Rs. 25,68,453. Rashid overtook previous money list leader Chikkarangappa of Bengaluru.

Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (69-67-71-70) and round three leader Shankar Das (68-68-68-73) of Kolkata, who were both in contention till the final stages at the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC), claimed joint second position at 11-under-277.

The highest-placed golfers from the host city of Chandigarh were the trio of Aadil Bedi (67), Karandeep Kochhar (68) and Harendra Gupta (69) as they all ended up in tied eighth with matching totals of seven-under-281.

Rashid Khan, lying overnight tied fifth and five off the lead, turned the tables with a top-notch performance on Friday to continue his hot streak which began late last year. Rashid, who took home the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 4,84,950, has now recorded three wins in the last six months on the PGTI.

The winner , who had struggled to hole putts all week, had a quiet start to round four as he was one-under over the front-nine today having sunk two birdies at the cost of a bogey.

But  his fortunes were suddenly on the upswing when he birdied the 10th and 11th. He played a fantastic second shot to recover from the trees on the 10th that left him an eight feet birdie putt which he converted. A 25-feet birdie conversion on the next hole added to the confidence of the 2013 and 2016 PGTI Order of Merit champion.

His  consistent ball-striking set up three more up and down birdies for him on the 13th, 16th and 17th that helped him snatch the lead and finally the title from Gaurav Pratap Singh in what can be termed as a memorable come-from-behind victory.

Rashid said, “It’s great to win my second trophy this year. I’ve gone through some tough times over the last two years but I’m glad that my game is peaking once again.

“I was hitting it well through the week but was just not able to make the putts. But the turnaround happened on the 10th hole today where I recovered from a tricky position and then converted an eight-footer for birdie. I made an important minor adjustment in my putting stroke on that hole. That proved to be the game-changer for me as I sank all the putts thereafter.

“I knew three to four birdies on the last six holes would probably take me into a playoff with Gaurav. Once I made a brilliant par-save on the 15th, I told myself to just focus on hitting fairways to give myself a chance. I then grabbed my opportunities on the 16th and 17th. If one has to win, one has to always convert those half chances and that’s what I did successfully.”

Gaurav Pratap Singh, lying overnight tied third and three off the lead, emerged as leader on day four and a favourite for the title when he traded four birdies for a bogey over the first 11 holes.

After conceding the lead to Rashid, Gaurav once again drew level with him thanks to his birdie on the 17th. But a couple of erratic shots on the 18th resulted in a double-bogey for Singh and dashed his title hopes.

Shankar Das had an off day with a 73 after his three rounds of 68. He thus finished tied second with Gaurav Pratap Singh. Greater Noida’s Sudhir Sharma (73), who set the new course record of 64 earlier in the tournament, secured fourth place at 10-under-278.

Veteran Jyoti Randhawa  finished  tied 40th at one-over-289.

Angad Cheema takes halfway lead at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship

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Panchkula: Local favourite Angad Cheema carded a five-under-67 to emerge second round leader of the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship at Panchkula Golf Club while rookie Yuvraj Sandhu (Chandigarh) shot the day’s best score of seven-under-65 to move into second place on Wednesday.

Rashid Khan of Delhi, the round one leader, slipped to tied third at seven-under-137 after a round of 71.Mukesh Kumar (67) of Mhow too took a share of third. He gained 14 places from his overnight tied 17th.

Jyoti Randhawa was tied 26th at even-par-144 after he shot a second straight 72.Defending champion N Thangaraja (70) of Sri Lanka was also in tied 26th.

The cut went at two-over-146. Fifty-eight professionals made the cut.

Twenty-nine-year-old Angad Cheema, looking to win his first title since 2013, took his tournament tally to 10-under-134 at his home course to enjoy a two-shot advantage over 22-year-old Sandhu.

Cheema (67-67), lying one shot behind the leader in joint second place on day one, made a terrific start on day two with a 40-feet eagle putt from the edge of the green on the par-4 first hole. A bogey on the fourth didn’t dampen his spirits as he picked up birdies on the next three holes and added two more on the 11th and 12th.

Cheema hit rough weather on the 15th and 16th where he dropped a double-bogey and a bogey respectively. On the 15th he found the bunker and then the hazard while on the 16th his tee shot landed at the base of a tree. However, the tall and lanky golfer, who had an Asian Tour card few years back, pulled it back on the last two holes by setting up birdie putts within four feet of the pin.

“I struck it well and also made most putts today. Looking back I feel that I made just one big mistake on the 15th where I had a chance for birdie. But I’m glad to have closed the round on a high. I know the course well as I play here often so that definitely will be an advantage over the last two days.”said Cheema

Sandhu (71-65) gained 22 spots from his overnight tied 24th. He had a nervous start making bogey on the opening 10th. He was on a roll thereafter as he knocked in nine birdies at the expense of just one more bogey to end up with a total of eight-under-136.

“I’m sticking to my process and not trying to play against the wind. One can’t afford to go against the wind at this course. I feel chipping and putting will hold the key over the last two days. Whoever chips and putts the best will win the tournament.” he said

“I started the year well with a couple of top-20s but then had a bad stretch during the Kolkata and Pune events. But now I feel I’m settling down and my graph is moving up steadily.” he added

Gallacher wins Hero Indian open Gold, Rashid. Chikka finish tied 10th

Harpal Singh Bedi

Stephen Gallacher, Hero Indian Open 2019 Champion with Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp

Gurugram: First round joint leader Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher survived a quadruple-bogey disaster and staged a stunning comeback carding three birdies in last four holes for one under 71 fourth round to pip Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura by a shot to claim the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open Golf at DLF Golf and Country Club here on Sunday

Gallacher’s aggregate of nine-under-par 279 give him a one-shot lead over Kawamura. The 44-year-old scot held his nerves round where he recovered from a horrible quadruple-bogey on hole seven to take home a winner’s prize purse of US$291,660.

Kawamura had a chance to force a play-off with Gallacher at the last but could not take it into extra time as he could only make par. The Japanese settled for second place on his own following a 73.

“ I was chasing the lead and was three behind to start the day. I got off to a slow start and then made a quadruple bogey but I was very calm, saw that I was only 5 behind. I told myself just stick in there. You never know on this golf course, it can turn around very quickly given how tough its playing and then I went three under in the last three holes.” The scot said after the win.

About the quad bogey, he said “ I actually forgot all about it. It was a tough pin and I was trying to get my drive as long as possible as it was down wind and it ended up left against the fence on the left. Changed club to a three wood and the next shot I lost the ball as well so I went back to start again. Got on the green and two-putted that.

Local favourites Rashid Khan (70) and S. Chikkarangappa (74) finished as the highest-placed Indians in tied-10th position .

Finland’s Kalle Samooja aced the 12th hole from 127 metres with his pitching wedge, marking the first time in the history of the Indian Open that three hole-in-ones were made in the same year.

S.Chikkarangappa (74-70-66-74), who had raised hopes of the home fans by finishing tied 6th after the third round failed to produce the same form and returned a poor 2 over 74 last round to slip to four place down the rung.

Chikka had double bogeys on the 5th and 10th and he also drop a stroke on14th. He hit three birdies and with an aggregate of 4 under 214 shared the tied place with 7 others including compatriot Rashid Khan and overnight joint leader Sihwan Kim.

Young Rashid Khan (72,70,72,70) who was tied 21st after a 72 on Saturday came up with much improved showing firing two under last round which propelled him to tied 10th with a total of 4 under 284.

Playing steady golf Rashid hit birdies on the 2nd and 9th but dropped strokes on 5th and 8th to go out at par 36. Coming back he started with a bogey but recovered his ground by hitting two successive birdies on the 11th and 12th to complete his round at 70.

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Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma, who was overnight tied 15th had poor last round day as he carded three over par 75 to tumbled 12 places to end tied 27 at par 288.

Shubhankar Sharma (69-73-71-75) unlike yesterday when recovered well after an early double-bogey, could not do the encore on the last. He had two double bogeys on the 8th and 14 and he also missed shots on the11th and 12th. His three birdies on 2nd, 15 and 18th reduced the gap to some extend in this round.

Gaganjeet Bhullar had a one under 71 round and that took him up 24 place to end at tied 39 with three over 291

Former champion SSP Chawrasia tied 47 overnight returned three over 75 round and with a tournament total of four over 292 ended two places above at tied 45.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (74,71,73,75) with three over par last round stayed put at tied 54 with five over 293 total .Gaurav Pratap Singh and Rahil Gangjee were tied 69 at 13 over 301.

Last hole blues for leader Julian Suri, Chikkarangappa keeps Indian hopes alive in Hero Indian Open Golf 

Harpal Singh Bedi

 

S Chikkarangappa

Gurugram: Chikkarangappa S fired six-under-66  to keep  Indians hopes alive as seven other  home challengers  struggled  to keep afloat  while it turned out to be last hole blues for leader Julian Suri on  the third and penultimate day of the US$ 1.75 million Hero Indian Open at the demanding DLF Golf & Country Club here on Saturday..

Only three of eight Indians in fray- Chikkarangappa  (six-under), Shubhankar Sharma (one-under) and SSP Chawrasia (one-under), shot under-par scores.

Overnight leader Julian Suri looked set  to consolidate his lead at the top as he was 13-under with three bogeys against six birdies but on the last hole he fumbled  and carded a  double bogey to finish the round one under 71  and was forced  to  share of the lead with England’s Callum Shinkwin who returned 4 under 68. Both totaled 11 under 205 at the end of the third day.

Julian Suri

“I think a couple of the mistakes I made today where after long waits on the tee box and that was quite a long wait on 18. No excuses, totally my fault and I need to compose myself better and I think that is a bit of a learning curve for me after being out of tournament golf for a while now.” Suri said

“You have to be on your game at all times. Any slip up or anything can be pretty penal. I am feeling good with my overall game despite 18 there, the game feels good. I know Callum played well today. I knew that the putt on 18 was to keep a share of the lead which was big for me to make that and I will hopefully take some of that momentum into tomorrow, he added.

The 25-year-old Chikka, an Asian Tour regular and two-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), seems to be the only  Indian  with  some hope going into the final round as he is now placed tied sixth at six-under-210, five behind the joint leaders Julian Suri and Callum Shinkwin

Chikka’s third round exploits lifted him 35 places from his overnight tied 41st.

Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma produced a hard-fought one-under-71 to move up four places to tied 15th at three-under-213 at the

Chikkarangappa (74-70-66) has been experiencing a career revival since November last year.

Over the last five months, he has won two events on the PGTI and also finished runner-up at an Asian Tour event that helped him seal his card in Asia for 2019.

Chikka carried his form into the Indian Open as was evident from his third round performance.  Today he had a dream start as he struck the ball to perfection from the very outset and as a result conjured birdies on the first, second and fourth.

His putting was the highlight as he picked up four more birdies on the ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th. This stretch saw him make a couple of 12-feet birdie conversions. He finally dropped his only bogey of the day on the 17th.

“I started really well and that set the tone for the rest of the day. My ball-striking was right up there as I hit almost all greens in regulation and found all fairways. The putting was also sharp “Chikka said after his round.

“I will take seven birdies and a bogey on this golf course any day. This is my best round at this course and almost feels like a course record.

“I’ve been in good touch since late last year and that helped my confidence coming into this tournament. I just feel good about all aspects of my game at the moment.

“As for the last round, I just need to enjoy myself on the course and play with no expectations. Hopefully, the rest should fall in place.”

Shubhankar Sharma (69-73-71) recovered well after an early double-bogey on the second to shoot a brave 71. Sharma came up with five birdies and two bogeys between the fifth and 18th to close the day with a respectable score.

Rashid Khan dropped two places to tied 21st after a 72 on Saturday. His score read two-under-214.

 Former champion SSP Chawrasia was tied 47th at one-over-217 while Ajeetesh Sandhu was a further shot back in tied 54th.

 Gaurav Pratap Singh occupied tied 59th place at three-over-219, Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied 63rd at four-over-220 and Rahil Gangjee was tied 66th at five-over-221.

Rashid Khan , Shubhankar keep Indian hopes alive as American Julian Suri leads in Hero Indian Open Golf

 Harpal Singh Bedi


Shubhankar Sharma

Gurugram:  Young Delhi Golfer Rashid Khan and Chandigarh based  Shubhankar Sharma  carded contrasting second rounds to keep Indian hopes alive as they trailed the leader  Julian Suri of the United States by eight shots at the halfway stage of the   the US$1.75 million Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday..

Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid shot two-under-70 while  two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar, returned one over 73 and were the best-placed Indians  as  both  were  tied 19th with a tally of two-under-142. .

 The cut was declared at two-over-146. Seventy professionals made the cut. Out of a total of 37 Indians in fray  only eight made the cut   


Julian Suri

Julian Suri stretched his overnight lead to three after carding a second consecutive five-under-par 67. The 27-year-old American, who shared a one-shot lead at the end of the first round , fired  an eagle and five birdies against two bogeys for a 10-under-par 134

Suri, who last won on the European Tour two years ago, credited his hot putter for yet another commendable round in the event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

“I hit it really well the whole day and I just tried to free it up a little bit on the second nine with my putting. I putted with more feel instead, which is how I have usually been putting, and I gave myself a lot more chances,” said the American, who is of Indian descent.

Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, American Berry Henson  and India’s Rashid Khan  settled eight shots off the pace following rounds of 74, 72 and 70 respectively.

Henson, a one-time Asian Tour winner, was glad his conservative approach paid off as he made it into the weekend rounds after trading three birdies against three bogeys.

“I’ve only hit one driver over the past two rounds. I hope to take a bit more of a risk over the weekend and try and get in better positions to score. Today I just hit my three-wood off the tee just to keep my ball in play. That was my game plan, to keep my ball in play and stay away from the big numbers,” said Henson.

 After his round  Rashid said, “I had a good start and finish today. I placed the ball well and rolled in the putts. Shooting an under-par round on this course is always an encouraging sign so I’m quite satisfied with today’s effort.

   “This course requires a lot of patience as you have to play away from some of the flags. I managed to do that well today.

    “I had a good preparation for this event as I was invited to practice for a few days at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Course in Ahmedabad last week. Playing at Kalhaar gave me a feel of the DLF Golf & Country Club as both courses are similar in many ways.

 On the other hand Shubhankar  said he was not too happy with the day. “ A one-over is not what I had expected today. I didn’t feel like I played bad but missing crucial putts on the front-nine made a lot of difference. I was just struggling to make pars on the front-nine.”

“I was in a position to birdie the fourth and eighth but ended up dropping bogeys there which in effect meant that I lost four shots on those two holes. Those two bogeys were definitely big setbacks.

“If I had birdied the fifth and moved to one-under once again, things could’ve been very different. Landing it in the water on the eighth was also a big disappointment. The importance of scoring on the front-nine can be stressed by the fact that one doesn’t get too many birdie opportunities on the back-nine here.

“I made pars on the last two holes but was not satisfied with a couple of shots there as well. I could’ve been in better positions on both holes.