Jamal Hossain wins title, breaks four-year long victory-drought

Ahmedabad, Apr 22 (PTI) Bangladesh’s Jamal Hossain (33-36-69-70) chipped his way to a gritty final round performance of two-under 70 to break his four-year long title drought at the Ahmedabad Open 2023 presented by Glade One here on Saturday.

Jamal, overnight third and one shot off the lead, emerged triumphant in round four as he totalled eight-under 208 for the week at the Rs 1 crore event played at the Glade One Golf Resort & Club.

He thud secured his fourth PGTI title which was also his first win on the tour since 2019. Jamal’s success at Ahmedabad pushed him up 16 spots from 21st to fifth place in the TATA Steel PGTI Rankings. The player from Dhaka had also posted a tied fourth finish at Chandigarh last week after leading early in the final round.

Delhi’s Rashid Khan (34-35-68-72), the round three joint leader, finished runner-up at seven-under 209 following his fourth round of 72.

Delhi’s Kshitij Naveed Kaul (33-35-69-73), the round three co-leader, claimed third place at six-under 210 after shooting a 73 on day four.

Eighteen-year-old rookie Shaurya Binu (72) of Bengaluru took tied fourth place at five-under 211 along with Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa, who shot the day’s best score of 68, and Delhi’s Kapil Kumar (71).

The first two rounds of the tournament comprised nine holes each. The third and fourth rounds had 18 holes each.

The tournament was played over a total of 54 holes. The par for the course in the third and fourth rounds was 72. The 9-hole course was played twice in rounds three and four with different pin positions.

The 38-year-old Jamal began the day with a bogey on the first but immediately made up for it with a chip-in for eagle from 30 yards on the second. Jamal then landed his chips within a foot on the fifth and 11th for tap-in birdies on both holes.

Jamal’s bogeys on the 13th and 17th couldn’t stop his march to the title as he landed his approach within four feet for another birdie on the 15th and made a crucial two-putt for par on the 18th to pocket the top prize of Rs 15 lakh.

Jamal has the distinction of being the first player to win on the PGTI as an amateur when he bagged the Bangladesh Open back in 2009. Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh later joined this list.

Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan, a major contender for most of the final round, mixed three birdies and three bogeys on Saturday. Rashid made par on the last hole thus missing the opportunity of taking the match into a playoff. Among the Ahmedabad professionals, Varun Parikh finished tied 16th at even-par 216 while Anshul Patel was tied 28th at three-over 219.

Noida-based 15-year-old Aarav D Shah of Australia won the prize for the best performing amateur as he ended the week in tied 22nd place at a total of two-over 218.

As the PGTI heads into its mid-season break, Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow continues to lead the TATA Steel PGTI Rankings with season’s earnings of Rs. 52,52,650.

Source: PTI News


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