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Three golfers emerge joint leaders after opening round TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour

Harpal Singh Bedi

Noida:  Lucknow’s Rajesh  Rawat, Jalandhar’s Victor Hans and Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar shot  identical  six-under-61 to  emerge joint  first round leader  at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder  Golf Tour  at  Jaypee Greens Wish Town  here on Tuesday

  Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and Delhi’s Wasim Khan were in joint fourth with rounds of five-under-62 at the par-67 course.

Rajesht, a two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, came up with a bogey-free effort on Tuesday to jointly lead the field of 90 players. Rawat’s four early birdies from the second to the fifth set the tone for his round as he added two more birdies to his card on the back-nine.

Victor Hans played his approach shots and wedges to perfection as he collected seven birdies at the cost of a lone bogey. Hans’ best shot of the day was a fantastic gap-wedge approach from 120 yards on the 18th that landed a foot from the flag and resulted in a birdie.

Victor, a joint runner-up at the Feeder Tour event in Lucknow last year, said, “I’ve not done well on the Feeder Tour this year after a good season in 2018. I therefore want to make the most of this terrific start.”

Abhishek Kuhar scored eight birdies in exchange for a double-bogey. Kuhar produced some spectacular wedge shots to set up two birdie putts within a foot and three more within six feet. Abhishek drove the green on the par-4 sixth for a two-putt birdie. , “It was a great ball-striking day for me. I’m delighted with the way that I played despite missing out the practice round.” he said


Golf: Rookie Karan Pratap Singh claims his maiden title in a dramatic finish

Harpal Singh Bedi

Karan Pratap Singh – The Winner

Gurugram:  In a dramatic finish, nineteen-year-old rookie Karan Pratap Singh  sank an eagle on the last hole of the final round to claim  his maiden professional title  at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour  at Golden Greens Golf Club  here on Thursday.

Local lad Shivendra Singh Sisodia (71-67-71) finished second at his home course with a total of seven-under-209.

Gurugram-based Karan (71-68-68), who plays at the DLF Golf & Country Club, delivered a second consecutive four-under-68 during round three on Thursday to claim a well-deserved two-shot victory at nine-under-207 at the Rs. 8 lakh event.

 Interestingly, rookies have now won the last two tournaments on the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour. Last week, another rookie Yuvraj Singh Sandhu had triumphed in Karnal.

 Karan , who was placed second , one shot behind leader Shivendra Singh Sisodia on day two, put up a fine display of driving and iron-play on day three to register a memorable come-from-behind win.

 Karan, among India’s leading juniors till the age of 15, caught up with leader Sisodia  when he sank successive birdies on the fifth and sixth. Singh added two more birdies on the ninth and 10th as a result of back-to-back 20-feet conversions to move into a two-shot lead.

 However, it was all square once again between Karan and Shivendra as the former’s short-game seemed to go off the boil when he bogeyed the 11th and 12th. But there was a last twist when the tall and lanky Karan, who finished tied 16th at the PGTI Q School earlier this year, produced his best shot of the tournament on the 18th, a magnificent approach from 240 yards, to set up the decisive four-foot eagle putt which he went on to convert.

 Karan, who had also posted a round of eight-under-62 and a tied seventh finish at the Bengal Open earlier this year, climbed from 25th to fifth place in the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit as a result of his triumph on Thursday. He won a prize purse of Rs. 1,01,720.

“I played solid today having made 15 regulations and 10 fairways. I couldn’t have asked for a better time to pull out my best shot of the tournament, the approach on the 18th. Even the tee shot on the 18th was a tough one but I struck it well.” he said adding “I kept my cool through the day and really held my nerve in the finishing stages. Importantly, I put the disappointment of the two bogeys behind me pretty quickly and instead focused on the next hole.

Sisodia, the overnight leader dropped to second place in round three after a 71 that was punctuated by two birdies and a bogey. He had a forgettable back-nine where he made a bogey on the 10th followed by eight pars and struggled to close the gap with Karan in the dying stages.

Greater Noida’s Arjun Sharma (70) came third at six-under-210. Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the winner last week in Karnal, and Delhi’s Ashok Kumar finished joint fourth at four-under-212.

Yuvraj Sandhu’s tied fourth finish ensured  raised  his season earnings to  Rs. 1,80,760. Digvijay Singh, the other top-60 player and local golfer in the field besides Shivendra Singh Sisodia, also took a share of 13th place.


Golf: Shivendra Sisodia moves into the second round lead at Golden Greens

 Harpal Singh Bedi

Gurugram:  Local golfer Shivendra Singh Sisodia, carded five-under-67 to take the  second round lead at six-under-138 at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour at Golden Greens Golf Club in Gurugram on Wednesday.

 Teenaged rookie Karan Pratap Singh, who also hails from Gurugram, produced a 68 to be placed second at five-under-139. The cut came down at four-over-148. Thirty-six professionals made the cut.

 The 30-year-old  Sisodia (71-67), a former winner on the Feeder Tour,playing at his home course,  hit his approach shots with pinpoint precision through the day. He secured an early eagle on the 11th where he landed his approach within three feet of the pin. Sisodia then set up a five foot birdie conversion on the par-3 12th followed by a 10-footer on the par-4 14th.

 He  continued the good work on the front-nine with a birdie chip-in from 22 yards on the first despite an erratic drive. He was also just one roll short of his second eagle of the day on the fifth where he settled for a birdie. Sisodia’s only setback came on the closing ninth where he dropped a bogey after losing his ball as a result of a poor tee shot.

 “I did really well with my approach shots and wedges today. It’s my home course, so I knew that even after a slow start in the first round I’ll be able to make up lost ground on day two. I’ve not performed up to my expectations so far this year as I’ve not been finishing well in tournaments. I’ve been posting high scores on the last two days. That’s something that I’ve been working on. So hopefully, I can turn it around in the last round tomorrow.” Sisodia said after his round

 Nineteen-year-old Karan Pratap Singh (71-68) made some good up and downs thanks to his excellent wedge-play to propel himself into contention, one shot behind the leader.

 Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini (69) and Greater Noida’s Arjun Sharma (68) occupied joint third place at four-under-140.Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Anil Bajrang Mane (69) of Mumbai was in tied fifth at three-under-141 along with Chandigarh’s Rohan Kathuria (68).

 Round one leader Kushal Singh of Gurugram slipped to tied seventh at two-under-142 after his second round of 74.Digvijay Singh (74), also playing at his home course, ended the day in tied 18th at one-over-145. urugram’s Md Ezzaz fired a hole-in-one on the eighth during his round of 73. However, he totaled seven-over-151 to miss the cut by three shots.


Golf: Yuvraj Sandhu leads by two shots going into the last round

 Harpal Singh Bedi

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu

New Delhi: Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Sandhu carded a hard-fought two-under-60  to take a two-shot lead in round two of the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour at  Madhuban Meadows  Golf  Course, Karnal (Haryana).

Twenty-two-year-old rookie Yuvraj (57-60) emerged as the top contender going into the final round as his total read seven-under-117. Sandhu’s nearest challenger is Delhi’s Dhruv Sheoran (56-63) who was placed second at five-under-119.

 As a result of heavy rain one day prior to the event, the 14th and 15th holes  both par-4s, have been rendered unplayable for the whole tournament, thus all three rounds will feature 16 holes each with the par for the course being 62.

 The cut went at five-over-129. Thirty-six professionals and one amateur made the cut for the third and final round.

  Sandhu, who has performed extremely well in his rookie season on the PGTI’s main tour this year with three top-20s to his credit, raised his hopes for a maiden title on Thursday. Yuvraj, lying overnight second, one off the lead, found his way to the top of the pack in the second round courtesy an eagle and a birdie which came at the cost of a solitary bogey.

  He  had a slow start as he made a three-putt for bogey on his opening hole, the 10th. He then struggled to score as the putts didn’t roll in for him on the back-nine. Yuvraj’s big breakthrough came on the par-4 fourth where he chipped-in from 20 yards for an eagle-two. On the next hole, his tee shot was plugged in the bunker but he managed to make a good up and down there for an outstanding par-save.  

  Overnight  leader Dhruv Sheoran slipped to second position on Thursday after shooting a one-over-63 that featured four birdies, two bogeys and a triple-bogey.

  Lucknow’s Rishi Kumar returned a second straight two-under-60 to be placed third at four-under-120.Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Anil Bajrang Mane (60) of Mumbai was in tied eighth at one-under-123.

Local golfers, professional Mani Ram (62) ended the day in tied 12th at even-par-124 while Ritesh Kumar (67), the lone amateur in the field, was tied 34th at five-over-129. Suryadeep Lather, another Karnal-based professional, missed the cut as he totaled 18-over-142 in the first two rounds.