Udayan Mane cards 8-under 63, moves to top spot at Blue Canyon Classic
Phuket, May 13 (Golf News) Udayan Mane carded a brilliant 8-under 63 to move to the top of the heap at the Blue Canyon Classic Golf, an event which is part of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and MENA Tour.
The 31-year-old from Pune closed the last week's event with a 63 and finished tied seventh and now he has started the new tournament on top of leaderboard. Mane had six birdies and an eagle.
Mane's eight-under score included six birdies and an eagle on the 11th.
"It (the PGTI Tor Championship) was the biggest win of my career and it did give me confidence but I started to take things for granted and I paid the price," Mane said.
"I just expected to show up and be in contention, not consciously but the attitude was such. I did struggle, anyone would. Got a wake-up call and started to work at it again." He added:"Anyway, this is me trying to get to the top again. The goal this year is to play everything I get into and perform. Simple." There was a strong Indian presence in top-five as Kartik Sharma (66) and M Dharma carded 66 each to be tied eighth. The other Indians were Yashas Chandra (68) in T-22, Yuvraj Sandhu (70) in T-49, Divyanshu Bajaj (71) in T-66, Chiragh Kumar (76) in T-124, Karan Vasudeva (77) in T-131.
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Manu Gandas and Amardeep Malik tied for lead in Delhi-NCR Open golf
Noida, Apr 21 (Golf News) Manu Gandas of Gurugram and Amardeep Malik of Noida continued to be the top title contenders for the third day running at the Delhi-NCR Open here on Thursday.
On a day that was a lot cooler due to overcast conditions but much more windy compared to the previous two days, Gandas (65-69-67) and Malik (65-67-69) were tied for the third round lead at 15-under 201 with a four-shot advantage over the rest of the field.
While Gandas struck a determined five-under 67 to climb up one spot and join Malik in the lead once again after round one, Malik produced a fine three-under 69 to be at the top of the leaderboard for the third day in succession.
A fascinating finale awaits as Gandas has been in great form with a win and two other top-10s this season to be placed fifth on the PGTI Order of Merit, while Malik enjoys the advantage of playing at his home course where he has won both his previous titles.
Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (69) occupied third place at 11-under 205.
Panchkula's Angad Cheema carded the day's lowest score of 66 to end in fourth place at 10-under 206.
Noida's Vikrant Chopra too returned a 66 to be placed tied sixth at eight-under 208.
Gandas, a two-time winner on the PGTI, was struggling to read the greens early in the round as he missed short putts on the first three holes that also led to a bogey on the third.
However, the 26-year-old Gandas quickly addressed the issue and found the hole for his three birdies that followed on the front-nine.
Gandas brought his chipping into the game on the back-nine where his chip shots were instrumental in earning him three more birdies and two important par-saves. Malik, the overnight sole leader by two shots, mixed five birdies with two bogeys.
The 36-year-old Malik capitalised on three of the four par-5s, chipped-in for birdie on the 10th and landed his approach within a foot for a tap-in birdie on the 12th. Malik's long-range birdie putts narrowly missed the pins on the last two holes.
Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha (72) was in fifth place at nine-under 207.
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Amardeep posts 67 to build two-shot lead at Delhi-NCR Open 2022
Noida, Apr 20 (Golf News) Amardeep Malik, playing on his home course, shot a brilliant five-under 67 to build a two-shot lead at 12-under 132 during the halfway stage of the Delhi-NCR Open 2022 golf tournament here on Wednesday.
Bengaluru's Mari Muthu R shot the day's lowest score of eight-under 64 to be placed tied second at 10-under 134 along with Manu Gandas (69) of Gurugram at the Rs 40 lakh event, presented by Prometheus School and played at the Noida Golf Course.
The cut went at one-over 145. Fifty-one professionals made the cut.
Noida-based Amardeep (65-67) began the day with a birdie on the first and then added three more birdies on the sixth, eighth and ninth for a strong front-nine. He landed his approach within two feet on the ninth.
The 36-year-old Amardeep, the overnight joint leader, had a turbulent start to the back-nine stumbling with bogeys on the 11th and 13th where he missed up and downs. He made a comeback with an eagle on the par-4 15th where he holed his second shot from the rough from a distance of 95 yards. He picked up another shot on the 16th with a 25-feet conversion to close the day with a two-shot lead. Muthu (70-64), lying tied 15th and five off the lead after round one, jumped 13 places to joint second, courtesy his 64 that featured 10 birdies and two bogeys.
Manu (65-69), a two-time winner on the PGTI, dropped out of the overnight joint lead with an eventful round that featured an eagle, four birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey.
He landed his second shot within a couple of feet of the pin for eagle on the par-5 17th. He also chipped-in for birdie on the fourth. Manu was five-under on the four par-5s for the second day in succession. Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha (69) occupies fourth place at nine-under 135 while Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (70) is a further shot back in fifth position.
Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (72) of Chandigarh, currently ranked second on the PGTI Order of Merit, is in tied 43rd place at one-over 145.
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Amardeep and Manu take joint first round lead at Delhi-NCR Open 2022
Noida, Apr 19 (Golf News) Amardeep Malik and Manu Gandas shot similar seven-under 65s to take joint lead in round one of the Delhi-NCR Open 2022 here on Tuesday.
Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Chandigarh-based Abhijit Singh Chadha and Shivendra Singh Sisodia of Gurugram were tied third with matching scores of 66.
Noida's Amardeep was off to a flying start at his home course as he scored four birdies in his first six holes, hitting his irons well and rolling in the putts. He then added another birdie and bogey on the back-nine before sinking an eagle on the first hole from four feet.
The 36-year-old Amardeep's longest putt of the day was the 15-feet birdie conversion on the second. His progress slowed down thereafter as his putter went cold on the front-nine and he missed some short putts at the Rs. 40 lakh event.
"I was lucky that I made a few putts in the start that got my round going. The putter then went cold on the front-nine but I hit it well all day and am very pleased to have posted my lowest score this season," Amardeep, a two-time winner on the PGTI, said.
Gurugram's Manu began his tournament with an eagle on the first where he had a lucky break after his drive rebounded off a tree back onto the fairway.
Manu's second shot landed a couple of feet from the flag to give him the ideal start. The two-time winner on the PGTI thereafter added six more birdies and a bogey to his card as he went five-under on the four par-5s.
"I feel I had good control on my ball-flight today and struck my woods and irons well. I had one lucky break on the first hole and I managed to capitalize on that. That kept the momentum going for me and there was no silly mistake thereafter," Manu said.
Among the pre-tournament favourites, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu began with a 73 to be tied 48th while defending champion Udayan Mane signed for a 74 to be tied 65th.
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Rashid, Joshi among top names for Delhi-NCR Open Golf C'ship
New Delhi, Apr 18 (Golf News) Former Asian Tour winners Rashid Khan and Khalin Joshi will headline a stellar field when the Delhi-NCR Open Golf Championship 2022 gets underway at the Noida Golf Course here on Tuesday.
The fourth edition of the tournament will be jointly staged by the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and Prometheus School, Noida.
The tournament, the ninth event of the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season, carries a prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh.
The Pro-Am event will be staged on April 23. The tournament is set to feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Tokyo Olympian and defending champion Udayan Mane, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (Ranked No. 2 on the PGTI Order of Merit), two-time winner on Asian Tour winner Rashid and Panasonic winner Joshi, as well as former champion Honey Baisoya.
The other prominent names include Asian Tour regular Aman Raj, Karandeep Kochhar, Manu Gandas and Abhijit Singh Chadha.
The other leading golfers from the Delhi-NCR region participating in the event include Shamim Khan, Abhinav Lohan, Kartik Sharma, Sachin Baisoya and Amardeep Malik, to name a few.
The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and Anura Rohana, Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Md Akbar Hossain, Md Sayum, Md Muaj and Md Somrat Sikdar as well as Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai.
"We're excited to stage the fourth edition of the Prometheus School presents Delhi-NCR Open, an event which has emerged as one of the mainstays on the TATA Steel PGTI in recent years," Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said in a release.
"The depth in the field at the tournament provides a perfect setting for the culmination of a strong first half of the 2022 PGTI season which has witnessed nine back-to-back events."
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Madappa rises to T-12, Diksha is T-60 at Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge
Pattaya (Thailand), Apr 15 (Golf News) India's Viraj Madappa shot five birdies against one bogey for a fine third round to be placed placed T-12, with one more round to go in the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge golf tournament here on Friday.
Madappa, tied-second on the first day, had dropped to T-15 after second. He collected nine points and took his tally to 28.
American Sihwan Kim, who logged 22 points in the first round, but lost two points on a disappointing second day, was back in full flow in the third.
Kim was in terrific form with 11 birdies and no bogeys for 22 points, which in conventional scoring would have translated to 11-under 61 at Siam Country Club's Waterside Course. His first round 22 points worked to 10-under 62 and he had a 76 in the second round.
The other Indians -- Rashid Khan (21 points) had five birdies against three bogeys in the third round and was T-36, while Veer Ahlawat (21 points), with an eagle and three birdies against one bogey, was also T-36.
Shiv Kapur, with five birdies against two bogeys and a double, added five more points to get to 16 and was T-56.
The lone Indian woman in the fray, Diksha Dagar had three birdies against two bogeys and was T-60 with a total of 15 points. Tvesa Malik had missed the cut.
Overnight leader Thailand's Chanettee Wannasaen, her compatriot Natipong Srithong and Maja Stark from Sweden are second with 34 points, while Budsabakorn Sukapan from Thailand is fifth with 33.
The innovative new USD 750,000 tournament is being jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET).
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Yuvraj's flawless 65 takes him to joint lead at PGTI Players Championship
Chandigarh, Apr 14 (Golf News) Yuvraj Singh Sandhu registered the lowest score of the day, an error-free seven-under 65, to move up five spots into the joint lead after the third round of Rs 50 lakh TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship golf tournament here on Thursday.
Chandigarh-lad Yuvraj (70-67-65) shared the top spot at 14-under 202 with Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (67-66-69), who produced a three-under 69 on Thursday, his second straight bogey-free round, to gain one spot on the leaderboard.
Gurugram-based duo of Kartik Sharma (67-69-67) and Shivendra Singh Sisodia (68-63-72) lurked one shot behind in tied third place at 13-under 203.
Kartik and Shivendra kept themselves in contention with third round scores of 67 and 72 respectively.
Angad Cheema returned a 70 to occupy fifth place at 10-under 206.
Yuvraj, currently second on the PGTI Order of Merit with a win and three other top-10s in 2022 so far, had a cold start as he missed a short putt for a birdie on the second.
However, he finally made breakthroughs on the fourth and ninth where he rolled in birdies from five feet.
The 25-year-old, who has been in red-hot form since the latter half of 2021, then revved up the engine on the back-nine where he collected five more birdies.
Yuvraj produced a great second shot from the rough to set up a five-feet birdie conversion on the 12th and then nearly holed-out his approach on the 15th on a day the pin positions were the toughest even as there was lesser wind.
The two other Chandigarh golfers in the top-10 were defending champion Karandeep Kochhar (68) and Ranjit Singh (69). Karandeep was placed seventh at eight-under 208 while Ranjit was in eighth position at seven-under 209.
Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha, who was overnight third, dropped to tied 15th at four-under 212 following a 77 in round three.
Udayan Mane (74) was also in tied 15th place.
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Madappa lies second at Asian Mixed golf; Tvesa top woman at 56th
Pattaya (Thailand), Apr 13 (Golf News) Viraj Madappa, who has made every cut in 2022, relished the challenge in the Stableford format as he moved to Tied-second place at the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge, here on Wednesday.
The tall Madappa, who started with a modest string of five pars, followed with two birdies and a bogey and turned with three points. On the back nine he sizzled with six birdies on 11th, 13th, 14th 15th, 17th and 18th.
That fetched him 12 points for a day's total of 15 at Asian Tour's first Modified Stableford scoring event.
The 24-year-old Madappa, who won his sole Asian Tour event in 2018, was seven points behind the leader, the current Asian Tour number, Sihwan Kim (22 points), who holed an incredible 40-foot eagle putt in near darkness on the par-five 18th on a weather-hit day.
Of the two Indian women in the fray, Tvesa Malik finished with five points and was T-56 while Diksha Dagar had four points in T73. Tvesa had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine and finished with nine pars on the back nine. Diksha had three birdies and two bogeys.
Among the Indian men players, Veer Ahlawat had six points from 15 holes at T-46, Aman Raj had five and Rashid had five points through 16 holes for T-56, SSP Chawrasia had four in T-73, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur had three each and were T-82. Ajeetesh Sandhu with one birdie and two bogeys and S Chikkarangappa with two birdies and four bogeys had zero points.
The USD 750,000 tournament jointly-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, is being played on the Modified Stableford format with an albatross fetching 8 points, an eagle 5 points, birdie 2 points, par 0 points.
A bogey means one point kid deducted and a double bogey or more costs 3 points. If at the end of four days there is a tie for 1st place, the winner will be decided by a normal stroke play hole-by-hole playoff.
As many as 39 players from a field of 144 players made up of 60 from the Asian Tour, 60 from Ladies European Tour and 24 invites, will come to finish the first round on Thursday.
Kim's 22 points translated into conventional scoring would have been 10-under 62. He had seven points on the front nine, gathered five birdies and an eagle for 15 points on the back nine.
He finished just as the hooter sounded during a long day disrupted by a two-hour weather delay in the morning.
Alongside Madappa, the others in the shared second place are reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Joohyung Kim from Korea, Hung Chien-yao from Chinese-Taipei and Rory Hie from Indonesia.
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Udayan Mane, Khalin Joshi, Kochhar to headline TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship
Chandigarh, Apr 11 (Golf News) Indian golfers Udayan Mane, Khalin Joshi and defending champion Karandeep Kochhar will headline the The TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship, starting here on Tuesday.
The tournament, which will be played at the Chandigarh Golf Club from April 12 to 15, carries a prize purse of Rs 50 lakh.
The Pro-Am event will be staged on April 16.
The field of 126 players includes 123 professionals and three amateurs.
The leading Indian professionals in the fray apart from the the trio, include Honey Baisoya, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Manu Gandas, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Akshay Sharma and Aadil Bedi.
Local lad Sandhu, currently ranked second on the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit, is the highest-ranked player on the Order of Merit among those participating in the event.
The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and Anura Rohana, Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Md Akbar Hossain, Md Sayum, Md Muaj and Md Somrat Sikdar as well as Nepal's Sukra Bahadur Rai.
"We thank Chandigarh Golf Club for their support in helping establish the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship as a regular feature in Chandigarh," said Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI "We also thank Gujarat Tourism for coming on board as the Associate Partner for the event. The Chandigarh Golf Club has always produced fascinating finishes. We now look forward to another intense week of competition."
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Aadil Bedi, Ankur Chadha and Hitaashee Bakshi's team crowned winners of Mixed Pro Challenge
Gurugram, Apr 6 (Golf News) The team of Aadil Bedi, Ankur Chadha and Hitaashee Bakshi was crowned winners of the inaugural Ballantine's Golf Championship – Mixed Pro Challenge at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Wednesday.
Aadil, Ankur and Hitaashee's (131-138) team, leaders by two shots after round one, drove home the advantage with a score of six-under 138 in the second and final round to end up with a gross score of 19-under 269 for the week to lift the trophy.
They took home the winning cheque worth Rs. 7 lakh at the 36-hole tournament, a first-of-its-kind men's and women's mixed event played in India.
Seventeen-year-old Hitaashee, playing at her home course, was the best performer for her team for the second day in succession as she followed up her 66 in round one with a 69 in round two.
The team consisting of Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Sunit Chowrasia and Gaurika Bishnoi (133-138) finished runners-up with a gross score of 17-under 271 after firing a six-under 138 in round two.
It was a Team Strokeplay event with 18 sides participating. The total prize purse was Rs. 30 lakh. All players were to hole out on every hole. The two best scores out of three on each hole (hole by hole) were counted towards the team score.
Hitaashee, who is in the middle of her 12th class board exams, mixed six birdies with a bogey and a double-bogey on the final day. Hitaashee, who has won three events on the WGAI since turning professional in December last year, made two early birdies, sinking a 12-footer on the third and tapping-in on the fifth.
It was Aadil Bedi who gave the early breakthroughs to the winning team as he scored a chip-in birdie on the first hole followed by two more birdies on the third and fourth. Aadil, a winner on the PGTI, then conceded five bogeys to end up with a 74 in round two.
Ankur Chadha, who posted a score of 69 on day one, signed for a 78 on day two. Besides Hitaashee's 66, Ankur's 69 in round one was also crucial to the team's solid start on Tuesday.
The team of Sunit Chowrasia (74), Gaurika Bishnoi (76) and Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (81) held on to their overnight second position.
Honey Baisoya, also playing at his home course, shot the day's best individual score of 68 that played a vital role in his team finishing tied third at 16-under 272. Honey's team-mates were Mani Ram and Jahanvi Bakshi who is Hitaashee’s elder sister.
The other team that finished tied third comprised Khalin Joshi, Kartik Sharma and Oviya Reddi.
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Kemmer wins Gurugram Challenge, Arjun Bhati finishes third
Nuh (Haryana), Apr 1 (Golf News) American Dodge Kemmer fired a brilliant last round of six-under 66 to win the Gurugram Challenge by three shots ahead of Thailand's Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan (68), here on Friday.
Seventeen-year-old rookie Arjun Bhati, playing only his second event after turning professional, was the best-placed Indian with a third place finish. He aggregated 18-under 270 at the PGTI event.
Bhati's final round of 66, along with winner Kemmer's round, was the day's joint best score. India's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (67) and England's Joshua Grenville-Wood (68) also took a share of fourth place. Indonesia's Rory Hie, the leader for the first three days, carded a 73 on Friday to finish tied fourth at 17-under 271.
Kemmer (67-66-66-66), shot a third straight 66, a bogey-free round, to come home the winner on the most windy day of the week. Asian Tour regular Kemmer's success ratified his decision to stay on for the event after last week’s The DGC Open presented by Mastercard, where he finished joint 49th.
"It was a great decision. I like being in India, it was an easy choice. Obviously, a win is always good and good for the confidence and gets me in a good place on the ADT list in case I need that to stay on the Asian Tour next year," he said.
Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan (66-67-67-68), who was overnight tied third, shot a flawless 68 in round four to rise one spot to second place. He chipped-in for birdie on the fifth.
Bhati (70-66-68-66) mixed seven birdies with a bogey during his 66. He began his day with a 30-feet birdie conversion on the first hole that set up the round for him.
"I'm very proud of my effort this week. Scoring 18-under is a huge confidence-booster for me. It's a dream start to my career. I putted really well this week," Bhati said.
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Indian quartet lies tied 3rd after first round of Gurugram Challenge Golf
Nuh (Haryana), Mar 29 (Golf News) The Indian quartet of Amrit Lal Lubana, Tapy Ghai, Shamim Khan and Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal shot an impressive 66 to be placed tied third after the opening round of Gurugram Challenge TATA Steel PGTI-ADT golf tournament here on Tuesday.
The Indians were tied alongside Thailand's Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan.
Indonesia's Rory Hie returned to his happy hunting ground with a stunning nine-under 63 to take a two-shot lead at the Classic Golf & Country Club.
Rory, who won his only Asian Tour title at the Classic Golf & Country Club in 2019, posted a flawless round, which also featured birdies on the last three holes.
Ira Alido of the Philippines fired a 65 to be placed second at the event co-sanctioned by the PGTI and the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Rory was off to a solid start in round one with three birdies on the front nine. The 33-year-old consistently landed it within 10 feet of the flag and then added three more birdies between the 10th and 13th.
Rory signed off with a late flurry, sinking birdies on the last three holes. A great tee shot on the 16th set up an easy second shot and a subsequent short putt for him.
Rory then chipped in from an awkward position on the 17th before closing with a quality chip-putt on the 18th.
Rookie Ira's 65 was also a bogey-free round. Ira hit his wedges well as he chipped in on the 12th and landed most other shots within a range of six feet of the flag.
Tapy Ghai, playing at his home course, had a run of five consecutive birdies from the third to the seventh. He then had a double-bogey on the 12th but bounced back well with two birdies thereafter.
Amrit went error-free during his 66. He made a couple of good par saves from the bunker on the second and third.
Shamim Khan's round featured an eagle on the closing 18th along with five birdies and a bogey. Rajiv came up with eight birdies and two bogeys.
India's Rashid Khan, one of the pre-event favourites, carded a 67 to be tied eighth.
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Rough start for Tvesa, Diksha in strong windy conditions in Saudi
Kaec, Mar 18 (Golf News) Tough conditions throughout the day took a toll as the Indian duo of Tvesa Mailk and Diksha Dagar shot 7-over 79 and 9-over 81 respectively in the opening round of the Ladies European Tour's Aramco Saudi Ladies International here on Friday.
Strong winds from the Red Sea adjoining the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club created a lot of trouble for the Indian duo as neither Tvesa nor Diksha had the best of starts in the tournament presented by Public Investment Fund.
Tvesa, who had a great 2021, had a rather rough back nine of 7-over 36 following an even par front nine, while Diksha had 38-43 in the two nines.
Both will need very strong second rounds to make the cut.
England's Georgia Hall and Germany's Sophie Witt fired rounds of 69 (-3) to be tied at the top of the leaderboard.
The wind was a big factor on day one but the morning starters had the better of the conditions with stronger gusts of up to 60 km/h in the afternoon.
One golfer who made light of the conditions later in the day was Major winner Hall, as she was the only player who was able to maintain her challenge at the summit when the wind picked up.
Three consecutive birdies on holes two through four and another on the ninth saw the Englishwoman make the turn in 32 (-4).
In her next eight holes, Hall rolled in three pars, three birdies and two bogeys before finding the water on 18, but a double bogey on the last ensured the two-time Solheim Cup winner was still tied at the top alongside Witt.
Three players are in a share of third place on two-under-par with American duo Angel Yin and Lindsey Weaver-Wright alongside Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist.
Five players sit in a tie for sixth place on one-under-par including French rookie Charlotte Liautier, who made a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth.
The Frenchwoman rounds out the top ten alongside Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson, Dutch star Anne Van Dam, Germany’s Chiara Noja and Wales’ Chloe Williams.
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Yuvraj registers lowest total at Tollygunge, climbs to second on the PGTI Order of Merit
Kolkata, Mar 18 (Golf News) Yuvraj Singh Sandhu produced a gritty final round score of four-under 66 to record the lowest winning total of 21-under 259 in the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2022 here on Friday.
Twenty-five-year-old Yuvraj made a final flourish with an eagle-two on the 16th and a 35-feet birdie conversion on the 18th that helped him to prevail in a thriller and earn his second title.
Chandigarh-based Yuvraj (67-65-61-66), the third round leader by three shots, was given a scare by Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa (64-70-62-64), who shot the day's joint best score of 64, before he finished runner-up at 20-under 260.
Yuvraj's victory, his second in four months, lifted him from 23rd to second place in the PGTI Order of Merit after he picked up the winning cheque worth Rs 8,08,250.
Rahil Gangjee, originally from Kolkata now based in Bengaluru, secured the third place at 17-under 263 following his final round of 66.
Twenty-four-year-old Viraj Madappa, who was overnight tied second and three off the lead, had turned the tables early on Friday with six birdies over the first 13 holes with all aspects of his game coming together.
At that stage, Madappa, a winner on the Asian Tour, enjoyed a three-shot lead over Yuvraj.
After Viraj dropped a bogey on the 14th and both he and Yuvraj picked up birdies on the 15th, there was a momentum shift back in favour of Yuvraj.
Yuvraj came up with an incredible approach shot from 99 yards on the 16th that found the hole for an eagle and brought him on level terms with Madappa.
Yuvraj finally nailed an unbelievable 27-feet birdie putt on the 18th to get over the line and break the record for the lowest winning total at Tollygunge Club previously standing at 18-under 262, which was jointly held by Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bengal Open 2019) and Anirban Lahiri (PGTI Players Championship 2011).
Rashid Khan and Shamim Khan were tied fourth at 16-under 264.
Kolkata's SSP Chawrasia finished tied ninth at 11-under 269, while Indian golf legend Jeev Milkha Singh ended tied 17th at eight-under 272.
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Pranavi, Amandeep and Bakshi sisters among top contenders in fifth leg of Hero WPGT
Gurugram, Mar 14 (Golf News) A strong field will be seen in action at the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour which tees off at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Tuesday.
The purse of Rs 11 lakhs, the highest this season, will act as an added incentive for the golfers.
The field has 37 players, including six amateurs, making it one of the largest on the WPGT. Barring Ladies European Tour regulars Tvesa Malik and Diksha Dagar, who are scheduled to play at the Saudi Ladies International this week, the fifth leg will have all other strong contenders.
Amandeep Drall, who was in the reserve list for Saudi, will lead the list of contenders, which includes Pranavi Urs, winner of two of the first four legs and Hitaashee Bakshi, who won the third leg earlier this month.
Joining them is Jahanvi Bakshi, who won four times last year, and was the top professional when amateur Sneha Singh won the second leg in February.
Other contenders for the honours include Vani Kapoor, who is slowly but steadily finding her form, more so after playing a series of events in South Africa where she had three Top-20 finishes in three starts, Gaurika Bishnoi, runner-up in Leg 1, Ridhima Dilawari, runner-up to Hero Order of Merit leader Pranavi in Leg 4, Seher Atwal and Lakhmehar Pardesi among others.
One of the marquee groups in the first round will see Seher, Gaurika and Ridhima, while Hitaashee has promising amateur Zara Anand and Suchitra Ramesh with her. Jahanvi Bakshi goes out with Neha Tripathi and Lakhmehar Pardesi.
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Jeev, Chawrasia among top golfers to tee off at TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship
Kolkata, Mar 14 (Golf News) Indian golf legend Jeev Milkha Singh and four-time European Tour winner SSP Chawrasia will be among the top attractions at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship beginning here on Tuesday.
Jeev will be playing a professional event in Kolkata for the first time since 2016 when he tees off at the revered Tollygunge Club.
The fourth event of the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season, which carries a prize purse of Rs. 50 lakh, consists of 132 players including 129 professionals and three amateurs.
It is a 72-hole stroke play event with the cut being applied after 36 holes.
The stellar field features some of the biggest names in Indian professional golf such as Rahil Gangjee, Olympian Udayan Mane, Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Chikkarangappa and defending champion Karandeep Kochhar.
At the previous PGTI Players Championship held at Tollygunge Club in 2016, Karandeep Kochhar, while still an amateur, created history by becoming the youngest player to win on the PGTI at the age of 17 years and 163 days. As a result, he also became the first Indian amateur to win on the PGTI.
The foreign players competing are Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and Vijitha Bandara as well as Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.
Besides Chawrasia, Gangjee and Madappa, the other prominent Kolkata-based professionals in the field are Shankar Das, Feroz Ali Mollah, Sunit Chowrasia, Divyanshu Bajaj and Mohammad Sanju.
The three Kolkata-based amateurs participating are Rohan Shroff, Samridh Sen and Rahul Batra.
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Golf: Kshitij Naveed Kaul grabs five shot lead at Chattogram Open
Chattogram (Bangladesh), Mar 11 (Golf News) India's Kshitij Naveed Kaul carded a brilliant five-under 67 in round three to grab a five-shot lead at the Chattogram Open being played at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club here on Friday.
Kaul (71-63-67), who had posted a 63, the tournament's best score so far in round two to move into second place, made further gains on day three with seven birdies and two bogeys to move to a total of 15-under 201 at the Rs 50 lakh event.
Chiragh Kumar (71-69-66) struck a 66 to move up five places into joint second at 10-under 206.
The two other players in tied second were the Bangladeshi duo of Md Siddikur Rahman (71-66-69), who gained two spots, as well as overnight leader Md Akbar Hossain (67-66-73).
Two-time PGTI winner Kaul, who was one off the lead after round two, had a quiet start on Friday with five pars and a bogey on the first six holes.
Kaul, fresh from a top-10 in Ahmedabad last week, got his round going with a birdie on the seventh thanks to a precise tee shot and a 10-feet conversion.
Kshitij then came up with a flurry of good chip-putts for birdies on the eighth, 10th, 11th and pars on the 12th and 13th.
The 21-year-old Kaul's terrific hitting off the tee and accurate approach shots earned him three more birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th in exchange for a bogey on the 15th as he emerged as the top contender for the title.
"Even though I've been striking it well recently, today it was my chipping and putting that stood out. All those up and downs from the eighth onwards were crucial to my round today," Kshitij said.
"At this course, you get into a lot of situations where chip-putts need to be made, so either your chipping or putting has to be excellent on the given day." Asian Tour winner Chiragh Kumar, lying overnight tied seventh, had an early bogey on the third but soon rallied with an eagle on the fourth where he had a great tee shot and second shot to leave himself a six-feet conversion.
Chiragh's eagle gave him the much-needed momentum shift and helped him add five more birdies thereafter.
Chiragh, a former PGTI Order of Merit champion, said, "I didn't hit it great today but managed to keep the round together. I hit some good shots but the bad ones were totally out of position so I had to scramble my way out of the round. But I’m quite pleased with today’s effort.
"The eagle on the fourth was crucial as it moved me from over-par to under-par for the day and that just got me in a positive frame of mind and got my round going." Two-time Asian Tour winner and Bangladesh’s premier golfer Md Siddikur Rahman, who was overnight fourth, shot a 69 featuring six birdies and three bogeys to move into tied second place.
Md Akbar Hossain, the leader for the first two days, slipped one spot to tied second as a result of his round of 73.
India's Divesh Rana, one of only five players to shoot three sub-par rounds so far this week, returned a 69 to occupy the fifth place at nine-under 207.
Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah fired the day’s best score of 65 to move into tied eighth place at seven-under 209.
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Kshitij Naveed Kaul moves to 2nd place with 63, Hossain maintains lead in Chattogram Open
Chattogram, Mar 10 (Golf News) India's Kshitij Naveed Kaul produced the day's best score of nine-under 63 to move up five spots to second position at Chattogram Open golf tournament here on Thursday.
Md Akbar Hossain (67-66) of Bangladesh carded an excellent six-under 66 to continue his lead by one shot for the second straight day as his total read 11-under 133 at the Rs 50 lakh event.
The halfway cut went at five-over 149. Fifty professionals and three amateurs made the cut.
Kaul made an astonishing 10 birdies at the cost of a lone bogey to fall just one short of Indian professional Kapil Kumar's course record of 62 set in 2018.
The 21-year-old Kaul, a two-time PGTI winner, scored six birdies on the back-nine thanks to some outstanding approach shots and up and downs as he landed it within five feet on five occasions.
His lone bogey was the result of a three-putt on the 15th. On the front-nine, Kaul added four more birdies, including a 25-feet conversion on the ninth.
"I put myself in great positions thanks to my accurate approach shots today. Even when I missed the green, I made some quality chip-putts. I took advantage of all the par-5s draining birdies on all four of them," Kshitij, who aggregated 10-under 134, said.
"I've enjoyed a good start to the season with a top-20 followed by a top-5 result at the two events in Ahmedabad. So, I feel my game is in good shape at the moment and I'm looking to build on this foundation over the last two days." Bangladesh's Md Razu continued in third place after shooting a second consecutive 68 that took his total to eight-under 136.
Bangladesh's premier golfer Md Siddikur Rahman followed up his first round of 71 with a 66 on Thursday to rise three spots to fourth position at seven-under 137.
Divesh Rana was the next best Indian after Kaul as the former occupied tied fifth place at six-under 138 along with Bangladesh's Badal Hossain.
Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, another prominent name from Bangladesh, was placed tied 20th at even-par 144.
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India's Sethie placed third after round one of Chattogram Open
Chattogram (Bangladesh), Mar 9 (Golf News) Harshjeet Singh Sethie was the highest-placed Indian golfer at the Mujib Borsho Chattogram Open after a round of three-under 69 that placed him third while local lad Mohammed Akbar Hossain fired an opening round of five-under 67 to take lead here on Wednesday.
Hossain has a one-shot lead over compatriot Mohammed Razu (68) at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club which is staging the third event of the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season and the first Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) event in Bangladesh in three years.
Sethie began the day with three straight birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th but dropped two bogeys on the back-nine. The six-feet six-inch tall Sethie, who turned professional in 2020, added four more birdies to his card on the front-nine in exchange for two bogeys.
Hossain, a 10th tee starter, made early inroads with birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th. He then picked up two more strokes on the 16th and 18th to go five-under at the turn. However, he had a relatively quiet front-nine making a birdie and a bogey each.
Hossain, who earned his full card on the PGTI this season after finishing inside the top-40 at the Qualifying School, said, "I hit it close throughout the day today. My iron shots were very accurate and helped me set up short birdie putts. I had 15 greens in regulation and landed it within three feet on three occasions." Razu enjoyed an error-free day with an eagle-two on the 10th and two birdies to be hot on the heels of the leader.
There was a three-way tie for fourth place at two-under 70 between Mohammed Rasel of Bangladesh, India's Shankar Das and Sri Lanka's N Thangaraja.
Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman, one of the pre-tournament favourites, was among the 16 players bunched in tied seventh place at 71.
Zamal Hossain Mollah, another prominent name from Bangladesh, was in tied 34th position with a score of 74.
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Karandeep Kochhar's sizzling 64 gives him first round lead
Ahmedabad, Feb 22 (Golf News) Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochhar's sizzling eight-under 64 gave him the round one lead in the Gujarat Open Golf Championship 2022, the first event of the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season, here on Tuesday.
Yashas Chandra MS of Mysuru struck a 65 to be placed second at the Rs. 40 lakh event.
The three players tied for third place at 66 were Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, Tapy Ghai of Gurugram and Jaipur-based rookie Prakhar Asawa.
Karandeep Kochhar, who finished second on the PGTI Order of Merit last year courtesy his two wins, had a quiet start to the day after he bogeyed the first hole and followed it up with pars on the next five holes.
Kochhar produced a great tee shot on the par-3 seventh that led to his first birdie of the day and set him up for the rest of the round as he went on to add eight more birdies including a chip-in on the 15th and five conversions from a range of 12 to 15 feet.
Yashas Chandra, who hit it close through the day, was six-under through 12 holes before his first bogey of the day on the fifth. Yashas, however, ended the day well with two more birdies on the seventh and ninth.
Prakhar Asawa, making his debut as a professional, scored 10 birdies and conceded four bogeys during his 66 while Om Prakash Chouhan, who came close to winning last year's edition, produced eight birdies and two bogeys. Tapy Ghai made an eagle on the eighth as well as five birdies and a bogey.
Among the Ahmedabad-based golfers, Anshul Patel was the best-placed as he shot an opening round of 73 to be tied 32nd.
Olympian and reigning PGTI Order of Merit champion Udayan Mane began with a 79 to be tied 98th.
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Tvesa, Amandeep and Avani in action in 3rd leg of Hero WPGT
Mumbai, Feb 22 (Golf News) Tvesa Malik and Amandeep Drall will start their 2022 season with the third leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club here on Wednesday.
The two are expected to spend a lot of their time on the Ladies European Tour. While Tvesa is getting the first taste of action in this calendar year, Amandeep has already played at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.
Tvesa was 19th and the top Indian on the LET Order of Merit, while Amandeep was 13th on the LET Access Series merit list, but is hoping for more starts this year on the LET schedule also.
While Tvesa, Amandeep and other professionals like Pranavi Urs and Gaurika Bishnoi battle it out in the professional ranks, last week’s winner amateur Sneha Singh and Avani Prashanth, who has got an invitation for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, will also be involved in a tight contest amongst the amateurs.
The two amateurs already know what it is like to win against the professionals.
The Bakshi sisters, Jahanvi and Hitaashee, are also in the field as are Ridhima Dilawari, Gaurika Bishnoi, Astha Madan, Suchitra Ramesh, Durga Nittur and others who are all hoping to get to the international Tours.
Neha Tripathi, Saaniya Sharma and Smriti Mehra are experienced campaigners and would like to get into contention early in the season.
Other past winners include Seher Atwal, Gauri Karhade, Khushi Khanijau and Lakhmehar Pardesi among others.
A total of 37 players, including six amateurs, will be seen in action. in the tournament. The prize purse is Rs 11 lakhs, the highest this season.
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TATA Steel PGTI tees off 2022 season on Tuesday with Gujarat Open C'ship
Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (Golf News) The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) begins the 2022 season from Tuesday with the second edition of the Gujarat Open Golf Championship here.
The tournament carrying a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh will be played at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club.
The tournament comprises a field of 126 players -- 123 professionals and three amateurs.
The event will feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Olympian and 2021 PGTI Order of Merit champion Udayan Mane, Karandeep Kochhar, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, among others.
The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera, Australia's Kunal Bhasin, Nepal's Sukra Bahadur Rai and the Bangladeshi quintet of Md Akbar Hossain, Md Muaj, Md Somrat Sikdar, Md Sayum and Md Shakhawat Hossain Sohel.
The local challenge will be spearheaded by professionals Varun Parikh, Anshul Patel, Jay Pandya, Shravan Desai and Arshpreet Thind. The Gujarat-based amateurs in the field are Rajiv Vasa, Dhruv Suri and Rachit Mankoti.
One of the tournament favourites, Mane said, "I'm excited about playing the Gujarat Open 2022 as it's always a treat to play in Kalhaar, one of the top championship venues in India. I've also won at this venue in the past and that adds to my confidence this week.
"It's a course where the approach shots demand a lot of precision. I would like to carry forward the momentum from last year's Order of Merit win."
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Varun Parikh surges into second round lead in Final Qualifying Stage
Ahmedabad, Feb 16 (Golf News) Varun Parikh landed two eagles during his second round of three-under 69 to move up one spot into a two-shot lead at eight-under 136 in the Final Qualifying Stage of the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School here on Wednesday.
Gurugram-based Sunhit Bishnoi (66-72), the first round leader, closed the day in second place at six-under 138 after his 72 at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club.
The cut went at 11-over 155. Out of a field of 121, the top 82 players including 15 amateurs made the cut.
Playing in his home town, the 23-year-old Varun (67-69), who was overnight second and one shot off the lead, made a steady start with pars on the first four holes before landing his four-iron approach to within six feet of the hole for an eagle on the par-5 fifth.
Varun, a professional since 2019, capitalized on the next par-5, the eighth hole as well, making a 12-feet birdie conversion there.
On the back-nine Parikh conceded bogeys on the 10th, 12th and 15th but also chipped-in on the 14th for his second eagle of the day and sank a 10-footer for birdie on the 17th to stay in front of the rest at the halfway stage.
Varun said, "I hit my tee shots and approach shots well over the last two days. Here at Kalhaar, the approach shots need to be well-placed keeping in mind the undulating greens and I managed to do that.
"Playing in familiar conditions has helped as Kalhaar is almost like a home course for me since I practice and play here regularly while not on tour. I know this course well and that is a big advantage. I'm approaching this week like any other event and taking it one round at a time." Manish Thakran (69-71) was placed third at four-under 140.
The seasoned Vijay Kumar, a former Indian Open champion, struck a hole-in-one on the second hole during his round of 74. He was placed tied eighth at even-par 144.
At the end of round four, the top 40 players will earn their full cards for the 2022 PGTI season.
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Sunhit Bishnoi fires 66 to establish early lead at Final Qualifying Stage
Ahmedabad, Feb 15 (Golf News) Sunhit Bishnoi of Gurugram fired a six-under 66 to establish his lead in round one of the Final Qualifying Stage at the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School here on Tuesday.
Varun Parikh of Ahmedabad struck an error-free five-under 67 to be placed second at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club.
Twenty-one-year-old Bishnoi, who has been India’s top-ranked junior in the past, produced a flurry of birdies early in his round as he picked up strokes on the 11th, 12th and 14th.
A bogey followed for Bishnoi on the 15th before the newly-turned pro from the DLF Golf & Country Club scored four more birdies on the front-nine.
Sunhit, a winner on the amateur circuit last year and a six-time winner on the junior tour, landed it within six feet of the flag on five occasions on Tuesday thanks to his outstanding wedge-play.
Bishnoi, making his first attempt at the PGTI Qualifying School, said, "Distance off the tee is one of my strengths and I capitalised on that today. I made all the par-5s count with my good ball-striking. I also played some excellent wedge shots into the green. My putting was quite consistent.
"The fact that I won at my last outing here in Kalhaar playing as a junior helped my confidence coming into the Qualifying School.
"Finishing inside the top-5 at my Pre Qualifying event further added to my confidence ahead of the Final Stage. My coach Karan Bindra has always believed in my abilities and I would like to thank him for that." The top 80 players (+ ties) will make the cut after round two of the Final Qualifying Stage. At the end of round four, the top 40 players will earn their full cards for the 2022 PGTI season.
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Khalin Joshi leads Singapore International, Sandhu lies third
Singapore, Jan 13 (Golf News) Khalin Joshi, the last Indian golfer to win on the Asian Tour, made a strong bid for a second title as he overcame strong winds to claim the first-round lead with a five-under-par 67 at the Singapore International here on Thursday.
Joshi, who won the 2018 Panasonic Open for his maiden Asian Tour success, leads Englishman William Harrold (69) by two shots in the USD 1 million event at the Tan Merah course.
It could have been a one-two for India as Ajeetesh Sandhu was 4-under through 13 holes but dropped shots on 14th and 16th before picking a birdie on 18th.
He was 2-under 70 and placed tied-third alongside American Paul Peterson, while Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Pavit Tangkamoprasert, Chan Shih-chang from Chinese-Taipei and South African Mathiam Keyser returned 71.
Another Indian in Top-10 was Abhijit Chadha (72) at T-9, while Shubhankar Sharma shot 73 and was T-20.
Olympian Udayan Mane (74) was T-31, while Rashid Khan and S Chikkarangappa with 75 each were T-45.
Sunit Chowrasia, Karandeep Kochhar and Viraj Madappa carded 77 each.
With scores of 78 each, youngster Veer Ahlawat and veteran Jeev Singh, a winner in Singapore back in 2006, were T-79, while Jyoti Randhawa and Shiv Kapur with 79 were T-86.
Joshi, who started on the tenth, had seven birdies on a demanding golf course where wind speeds reached as much as 35km per hour.
He was five-under through 10 holes with birdies on 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th. He added one more on first but dropped shots on second and fourth before picking two more birdies on fifth and eighth.
“It was obviously a very challenging golf course to start off with; it’s long, it’s windy and the flags were all tough, so it wasn’t very easy, greens are firm,” Joshi said.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been leading on the Asian Tour. It’s obviously feeling very good. But it’s a four-day tournament, so you know, there's still a long way to go. Obviously, it’s a challenging golf course, everybody is going to make mistakes. "The key is to stay patient and whenever you have chances to make birdies, just capitalise. Just enjoy it, because it’s going to be a long week for sure.” Australian Wade Ormsby, the current leader of the Asian Tour Order of Merit, was in a large group of players who fired 72.
Journeyman tour pro Harrold ̶ who played on the EuroPro Tour last year ̶ made an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys to take the clubhouse lead in the morning session.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Jazz, coming off a five-week break, was content with his round after birdieing his final two holes.
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TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School 2022 begins on January 7
Ahmedabad, Jan 6 (Golf News) A total of 338 golfers, including 259 professionals and 79 amateurs, will fight it out at the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School scheduled to be held at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club here from January 7 to 20.
The Qualifying School, which kick-starts each PGTI season, is one of the most important events on the PGTI calendar as it is the only route for players to qualify to play on the PGTI in a particular season.
The tournament determines the criteria for players for the whole season.
The Qualifying School event runs for the longest duration among all PGTI events as it is staged over a period of two weeks. It is the biggest gathering of golfers in the country.
Besides Indian golfers, this year's Qualifying School will also feature as many as 20 golfers from foreign nations.
This list includes eight players from Bangladesh, four from Canada, two from Australia, two from Sri Lanka, one from USA, one from Great Britain, one from UAE and one from Nepal.
This time around the PGTI is staging its Qualifying School after a gap of one year due to the pandemic. The last PGTI Qualifying School was staged in January 2020.
The First Stage of the Qualifying School will comprise of three 36-hole events – Pre Qualifying I, Pre Qualifying II and Pre Qualifying III.
While Pre Qualifying I will be staged on January 7–8, Pre Qualifying II will be held on January 10–11 and Pre Qualifying III takes place on January 13–14.
A specified number of players will make it to the Final Stage from the field of 101 at Pre Qualifying I, 90 at Pre Qualifying II and 99 at Pre Qualifying III.
The qualifiers from the 'First Stage' will join the 48 exempt players in the Final Stage which is scheduled to be held from January 17–20.
The 72-hole 'Final Stage' event will feature a field of 120 players.
The top 80 and ties will make the halfway cut after two rounds of the Final Stage.
At the end of the 'Final Stage', the top 40 players will earn their full cards for the 2022 PGTI season. The Final Stage offers a total prize purse of Rs. 5 lakh.
Gujarat Tourism is the Presenting Partner for this year's Qualifying School.
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Arshvant shoots 67 to take boys U-12 title at US Kids Golf India
Gurgaon, Dec 24 (Golf News) Arshvant Srivastava, who was off-colour a day earlier, shot a bogey free five-under 67 to win the boys Under-12 title at the US Kids Golf India North tournament here on Thursday.
A day after shooting five-over 77, Arshvant, winner of the opening leg in November, went 10 shots better with five birdies and no bogeys to avenge the losses he suffered at the hands of his friend and arch-rival Bhavesh Nirwan, who won four times from the second to the fifth leg.
It was an exciting contest with some excellent golf as Arshvant's five birdies were rivalled by six from Bhavesh but he also gave away three bogeys. The third-placed finisher Ansh Dubey also did well with one-over 73.
Pint-sized Ojaswini Saraswat from Mohali picked up her fourth successive title at the US Kids Golf India North.
Ojaswini, who is in the girls Under-8 section, did not play the first two legs but has been unbeaten since as she registered a score of 33 in the nine-hole competition for her age group and won by six shots over Aanya Dandriyal, winner of the second leg. Annika Chendira, winner of the opening leg, was third.
The lanky Arjun Singh, for whom the Classic Golf and Country Club is the home course, grabbed his fourth title and boosted his chances for international appearances.
Prince Bainsla, supported by US Kids Golf India, won for the fifth time in a row, while Mahreen Bhatia, who has been playing alone in the girls Under-13-14 category, shot a superb score of 74 which put her in line to qualify for US Kids United States in Pinehurst next year.
Shaurya Dagar, who has shifted base from Bengaluru to Panchkula and now trains with women's professional Tavleen Batra, won a title battle in a three-way play-off in the boys Under-10 category.
Winning his section for the fifth time was Raajveer Singh of Noida in the boys Under-9, while Abeer Agarwal (boys Under-7) won for the fourth time and Nalinaksh (boys Under-6) emerged victor for the third time.
Vedant Banerjee (boys Under-13-14), winner of the second leg, won his second title in the series while Kriti Parekh (girls Under-11-12), winner of the third leg, triumphed for the second time. Naina Kapoor earned her maiden success in the girls Under-9-10 category.
The seventh and eighth legs will be held on January 27 and 28 at the Classic Golf and Country Club.
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Mane wins TATA Steel Tour Championship to emerge PGTI Order of Merit champion
Jamshedpur, Dec 19 (Golf News) Olympian Udayan Mane held his nerve and carded a three-under 69 in the last round to win the PGTI's season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship by a narrow one-shot margin here on Sunday.
The win also helped him bag the PGTI Order of Merit title for the 2020-21 season.
Mane (68-66-67-69) made six birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey on the final day to end up with a tournament tally of 18-under 270 at the season's showpiece event worth Rs. 1.5 crore in prize money which was played across the Beldih and Golmuri Golf Courses.
The six-foot four-inch tall Pune-based golfer, who made a 12-feet pressure putt for victory on the last hole, made it a year to remember as he followed up his Tokyo Olympics appearance with the bragging rights of being No. 1 in PGTI's money list with season's earnings of Rs. 58,72,275.
Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan (70-72-66-63) matched the tournament's lowest round of nine-under 63 on the last day to climb 10 spots and finish runner-up at 17-under 271.
Rashid, who made an eagle and seven birdies in round four, gave himself an opportunity to have a shot at the title and was even staring at a record fourth PGTI Order of Merit crown as his playoff with Mane was looking possible at one stage.
Mane, the overnight joint leader along with Shubhankar Sharma, seized the early initiative with birdies on the second, third and fourth, making two-putts on the two par-5s on that stretch. He made double-bogey on the eighth but soon recovered with birdies on the 11th and 13th where he sank 10-feet putts.
Mane emerged the outright favourite after his terrific up and down birdie from the bunker on the 16th gave him a two-shot cushion at the top.
A bogey on the 17th and an erratic drive on the 18th gave him some anxious moments as clubhouse leader Rashid was just one shot behind at that stage.
However, Mane produced a good approach shot and an ice-cool 12-feet par conversion on the 18th to seal his 12th title on the PGTI.
Mane, who collected the winner's purse worth Rs. 22,50,000, thus zoomed from third to first position in the PGTI Order of Merit as he leapfrogged Karandeep Kochhar and Chikkarangappa in the merit list based on season's earnings.
Mane won an impressive four titles during the 2020-21 season and posted four other top-10s as well.
"I just like the courses here in Jamshedpur. That's the reason I've won here twice. It's a good test for the professionals to adapt from one course to another in the middle of the round.
"Winning the PGTI Order of Merit title is great for my confidence as I will head to the Asian Tour soon. I'd now like to carry this form to Asia," added Mane, who now wins a four-year exemption on the PGTI as a result of emerging Order of Merit champion.
Rashid, lying tied 30th after his first two rounds of 70 and 72, made a brilliant rearguard action with scores of 66 and 63 in the last two rounds to make a strong comeback in the tournament.
He added three more birdies on the back-nine during his flawless final round. As a result of his runner-up finish, Rashid jumped from ninth to fourth place in the PGTI's final money list.
Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar shot a final round of 72 to take tied fourth place at 15-under 273 along with four-time European Tour winner SSP Chawrasia (70).
Shubhankar's challenge faded away on the back-nine where he conceded three bogeys and a double-bogey in exchange for two birdies.
SSP's nephew Sunit Chowrasia (69) finished tied sixth at 14-under 274 along with nine-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar (71).
Karandeep Kochhar, a winner of two events this season, finished tied 23rd at six-under 282 at the season finale. He took second place in the PGTI's money list with season's earnings of Rs. 51,00,880.
Chikkarangappa claimed tied 12th place with a total of 10-under 278. A two-time winner in the season, he thus finished third in the Order of Merit with season’s earnings of Rs. 48,07,880.
Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa finished tied 44th at one-under 287.
Kartik Sharma of Gurugram won the PGTI Emerging Player of the Year title with season's earnings of Rs. 18,22,750, the highest among the rookies.
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Shubhankar's stunning 63 takes him into joint lead, Udayan too rises
Jamshedpur, Dec 18 (Golf News) Shubhankar Sharma set the Golmuri Golf Course ablaze with a nine-under 63, his best ever score over nine holes, that catapulted him into the joint lead along with 2019 champion Udayan Mane in round three of the Rs. 1.5 crore TATA Steel Tour Championship here on Saturday.
Udayan shot a fighting 67 to boost his chances of winning the Order of Merit title at the Beldih and Golmuri Golf Courses.
Shubhankar (67-71-63) and Udayan (68-66-67), currently third in the PGTI rankings, totalled 15-under 201 to be placed two shots ahead of the chasing pack consisting of other contenders including defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (67-67-69), SSP Chawrasia (63-69-71), a three-time winner in Jamshedpur and Veer Ahlawat (68-67-68), who is currently eighth in the PGTI's merit list and also has a shot at the Order of Merit crown.
Shubhankar followed up his sedate 71 in round two with a red-hot 63 to make a strong comeback in the tournament as he climbed seven spots from his overnight tied eighth position.
The 25-year-old, a two-time winner on the European Tour, fired two eagles, six birdies and a bogey during his outstanding effort that matched the tournament's lowest round earlier shot by Chawrasia on day one.
Sharma, a winner in his previous appearance in Jamshedpur in 2016, kick-started his round with birdie-eagle on the first two holes with a 12 feet and 25 feet conversion respectively.
Shubhankar then landed it within a foot for birdie on the sixth and for his second eagle of the day on the ninth. He also had three other birdies during his extraordinary front-nine at Golmuri.
After the turn, Sharma's round slowed down as he could only pick up a birdie and a bogey on the back-nine at the Beldih Golf Course.
Shubhankar said, "I'm really happy as I shot my best score in nine holes ever. However, the back-nine was a bit of a dampener as I didn't make any inroads there. But shooting a 63 is great especially on the moving day.
"The birdie-eagle start gave the impetus to my round which I built upon through the front-nine. I also started well in Beldih but missed an easy up and down on the 12th that took the wind out of my sails a little bit." Olympian Udayan, lying overnight tied third and two off the lead, too had a good start to the day as he birdied the first from 10 feet and then recovered well from the bunker wall with a chip-putt birdie on the fourth before sinking a 30-footer for birdie on the fifth.
Udayan dropped a shot on the eighth but soon regained control with birdie on the ninth.
Udayan then made two-under on the back-nine in Beldih with a 25-feet eagle conversion on the 12th and a birdie and bogey each. Mane, currently third on the PGTI Order of Merit, is now in with a chance of winning the Order of Merit title if he triumphs in Jamshedpur.
Bhullar's 69 featured an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys while SSP Chawrasia's 71 included five birdies and four bogeys.
Ahlawat struck an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys during his 68. Ahlawat too has an opportunity to win the Order of Merit title if he wins this week’s event. He is eighth in the merit list at the moment.
Bengaluru's Chikkarangappa, currently second in the PGTI Order of Merit, shot a brilliant 65 to move up 27 spots to tied 20th at six-under 210. With a possible top-5 finish in Jamshedpur, Chikka too stands a chance of wrapping up the Order of Merit title.
Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa (70) ended the day in tied 46th place at one-under 215.
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Seher Atwal takes slender lead in 15th Leg of WPGT
Kolkata, Dec 15 (Golf News) Seher Atwal, who registered a breakthrough win earlier this year, took a slender one-shot lead in the first round of the 15th and final leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
Seher, who missed making the final stage of the Ladies by one shot, carded 3-over 75 on the first day at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. She was one shot ahead of Neha Tripathi and two clear of last week’s winner Ridhima Dilawari.
Four players, including two amateurs in Smriti Bhargav and Agrima Manral, were tied for fourth at 6-over 78. The two pros in the bunch were Lakhmehar Pardesi and Trimann Saluja.
Seher, winner of the fourth leg this year in Pune, overcame a double bogey and three others bogeys in her 75. Her two birdies came on the par-5 fourth and par-4 12th.
Neha Tripathi also had two birdies but she also dropped six bogeys in her 76, while Ridhima had just one birdie on the par-5 15th and six bogeys on a day when the scores were modest.
Jyotsana Singh and Rhea Purvi Saravanan were tied for eighth at 79 each, while five players were together at 8-over 80 in Tied-10th place.
The back nine played rather difficult and only Seher was even for it while all others went over par for the stretch. No player birdied the 18th.
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TATA Steel Group and PGTI to host TATA Steel Tour Championship 2021
Jamshedpur, Dec 13 (Golf News) The TATA Steel Group and PGTI will be hosting the TATA Steel Tour Championship at the Beldih and Golmuri golf courses here from December 16 to December 19.
The event offers a handsome prize purse of Rs 1.5 crore and will feature an elite field of 74 professionals.
The championship is the season-ending event of the 2020-2021 PGTI calendar. The tournament is a 72-hole stroke-play championship and there will be no cut applied.
There is guaranteed prize money for all participants. The Pro-Am event preceding the tournament will be played on Tuesday.
According to the format of the event for all four rounds, half the field will play their first nine holes at Golmuri and second nine at Beldih while the other half will play their first nine at Golmuri and second nine at Beldih.
From round two onwards, the leading/front half of the leaderboard (leading groups as per the scores) will play their first nine holes at Golmuri and second nine at Beldih. The prize presentation ceremony on Sunday will be at Beldih.
The tournament will feature some of the biggest names in Indian golf such as defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (10 international wins), Jyoti Randhawa (9 international wins), Olympian SSP Chawrasia (6 international wins), Shubhankar Sharma (2 international wins) and Olympian Udayan Mane (2019 champion).
The field will also feature the top-60 from the PGTI Order of Merit with the prominent names being PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar, Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa, Chikkarangappa S, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Aman Raj, Veer Ahlawat and Manu Gandas, to name a few.
Two-time European Tour winner and former Asia No. 1 Shubhankar Sharma returns to play in Jamshedpur after five years.
Shubhankar, a European Tour regular, last played in Jamshedpur at the 15th TATA Open 2016, an event he went on to win. Sharma will also be playing a PGTI event for the first time since February 2020.
The tournament will decide the PGTI Order of Merit champion for the 2020-2021 season.
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Chadha cruises to comfortable six-shot win
Pune, Dec 4 (Golf news) Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha cruised to a comfortable six-shot win at the Pune Open Golf Championship after shooting a solid last round of four-under 66, his third consecutive bogey-free round, here on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Chadha (63-65-64-66), leading by one shot at the end of round three, sank four birdies on Saturday, to end up with an impressive winning total of 21-under 258.
Chadha negotiated the tough conditions to perfection through the week as he went error-free for 71 holes after his bogey on the first hole in round one.
He thus lifted his third title which also accounted for his first win in six years. He took home a prize money cheque worth Rs. 6,46,600 to move up nine spots to 15th place in the PGTI Order of Merit.
Rookie Kartik Sharma (66-60-67-71) of Gurugram, who was placed second, one shot off the lead, after round three, returned a one-over 71 on the final day to finish second at 15-under 264.
Kartik's round featured a birdie and two bogeys as the putts didn't roll in for him. Nonetheless, it was a career-best finish for the left-hander who moved up seven spots to 18th place in PGTI's merit list. It was also Kartik’s fifth top-10 this season.
Kolkata's Sunit Chowrasia shot the day’s best score for the second day in succession to finish third at 13-under 266.
In round four, Chowrasia’s 65 was matched by Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (tied eighth at seven-under 272), Bengaluru’s C Muniyappa (tied 17th at three-under 276) and Gurugram’s Ankur Chadha (tied 26th at two-over 281).
The par for the course was 70 during round four. Play commenced on time on Saturday. The day witnessed a light drizzle in the afternoon towards the closing stages of the tournament.
Chadha, a silver medallist from the 2010 Asian Games, dominated the proceedings from the outset in round four as he began pulling away from the rest of the field early on.
After nearest the challenger Kartik missed the green and the subsequent chip-putts to drop bogeys on the second and third, Chadha further capitalized with 10-feet birdie conversions on the fifth and sixth to stretch his lead to a massive five shots.
Thereafter, Kartik could not convert his opportunities on the greens and Chadha maintained his lead before further extending it with birdies on the 16th and 17th making a mammoth 66-feet putt on the latter.
Chadha finally emerged triumphant by six shots after Sharma picked up a birdie on the 18th hole.
Bengaluru's Syed Saqib Ahmed (69) took fourth place at nine-under 270.
Among the Pune golfers, amateur Rohan Dhole Patil (75-67-68-70) had the best finish as he secured tied 24th place at one-over 280. Rohan also took the trophy for the best performing amateur.
Delhi-based amateur Krishnav Nikhil Chopraa, son of former cricketer Nikhil Chopra, struck a hole-in-one on the 16th hole during his final round of 67. He claimed tied 26th place at two-over 281.
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Chadha leads by one over Kartik Sharma, shootout in offing on final day
Pune, Dec 3 (Golf news) Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha fired a six-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Gurugram-based rookie Kartik Sharma after round three of the Pune Open Golf Championship, which has now turned into a two-horse race, here.
The rest of the field were another eight shots behind.
The 30-year-old Chadha (63-65-64), lying overnight second and two shots off the lead, produced his second successive bogey-free round on Friday to take his tournament tally to 17-under 192 at the Poona Club Golf Course.
The 21-year-old Sharma (66-60-67), the overnight leader, on the other hand, carded a three-under 67 on day three to drop to second place at 16-under 193. The left-hander's round featured five birdies and two bogeys.
A shootout between Chadha and Kartik, lying 24th and 25th in the PGTI Order of Merit respectively, is now in the offing on the final day as the duo is miles ahead of the rest of the field.
Kolkata's Sunit Chowrasia shot the day's best score of seven-under 63 that propelled him 11 spots to tied third at eight-under 201 along with Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (68) and Bengaluru's Syed Saqib Ahmed (68).
Hole no. 5 which had been reduced from a Par-4 to a Par-3 due to the wet conditions during round two, was once again played as a Par-4 in round three as the course dried up on Friday. The par for the course was therefore reverted from 69 to the original 70 during round three.
Chadha, a two-time winner on the PGTI, said, "I kept myself in play throughout and was happy to not drop a shot once again. Besides the birdies I made two great par saves from 15 feet on the fifth and the 17th, both coming at crucial moments." "I brought my experience into play when the conditions suddenly changed with the heavy rain on the last hole. I didn't let it affect me mentally. I planned the last hole like a three-shot hole and made birdie there." Sharma, searching for his first title, will be looking to emulate Chadha, who incidentally won the first of his two titles during his rookie season on the PGTI in 2012.
Among the Pune golfers, amateur Rohan Dhole Patil (75-67-68) was the highest-placed at tied 25th at a total of one-over 210.
Fourteen-year-old Australian amateur of Indian origin Aarav D Shah (69-70-71) was also in tied 25th place.
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Chadha on top with 63 on rain-marred opening day
Pune, Dec 1 (Golf news) Abhijit Singh Chadha of Chandigarh negotiated rainy conditions to seize the early initiative at the Rs 40 lakh Pune Open Golf Championship 2021 being played at the Poona Club Golf Course on Wednesday.
Chadha's fiery seven-under 63 gave him the clubhouse lead on a day that witnessed rain from the start of play till the end.
Gurugram-based rookie Kartik Sharma and Delhi's Wasim Khan were tied second in the clubhouse with scores of four-under 66.
There was light rain at the start of play at 7am local time. The rain intensified later on, forcing the suspension of play at 5pm.
As many as 30 players are yet to finish round one out of a total field of 126. Those yet to complete round one will resume play at 7 am on Thursday. Round two will get underway immediately after the completion of round one.
Chadha, a two-time winner on the PGTI, didn't have the best of starts as he bogeyed the first after the club slipped out of his hands on his approach shot as a result of the wet conditions.
However, he fought back with a terrific tee shot on the par-3 fourth where he had a tap-in for birdie.
Chadha then got on a roll from the seventh onwards where he made a 20-feet birdie conversion. The next three holes saw him make birdie-eagle-birdie. He chipped-in for eagle on the par-4 ninth.
He capitalised on the two par-5s, the 12th and 18th, by laying up and hitting his wedge shots to perfection to pick up two more birdies.
Chadha, who made an eagle, six birdies and a bogey, said, "I didn't start well but things changed for the better from the seventh where my second shot hit the flag and rolled back off the green.
"I made a long putt there and that got me going. What followed was a good momentum stretch for me.
"The conditions were tough today but I kept myself very organized and handled the conditions really well. My caddie, the experienced Raju, did a wonderful job handling me and everything around the bag. Credit to him as he was an important part of my round today." Kartik Sharma had an eventful day as he mixed an eagle and six birdies with four bogeys. Kartik was one-under through 16 holes before he closed the day in style with birdie-eagle on the eighth and ninth.
He sank a 30-footer on the eighth and holed his second shot from 40 yards on the par-4 ninth. Earlier he had also chipped-in from just off the green for birdie on the fifth.
Wasim Khan had a poor start with a bogey on the first but then turned it around with a birdie on the ninth followed by four more on the last five holes.
Khan adjusted well to the wet conditions by using his 3-wood instead of the driver and produced the desired results with his irons and wedges.
Among the players who finished, Chandigarh's Harendra Gupta had the next best score of 67. He was fourth in the clubhouse.
Rajiv Niranjan Datar had the best opening day among the Pune-based players as he shot a 70 to be tied 16th in the clubhouse.
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Kshitij, Mukesh, Shamim to compete at Pune Open
Pune, Nov 30 (Golf News) Defending champion Kshitij Naveed Kaul, alongwith domestic stalwarts such as Mukesh Kumar and Shamim Khan, will vie for top honours when the the fifth edition of the Pune Open Golf Championship tees off here on Wednesday.
The Rs 40 lakh event, which will be staged at the Poona Club Golf Course, is the last full-field event of the TATA Steel PGTI's 2020-2021 season before the season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship.
The tournament will feature leading Indian names such as Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan, Akshay Sharma and Amardeep Malik, to name a few.
The international challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain as well as Australian Kunal Bhasin.
The host city will be represented by Gurki Shergill (a former winner on PGTI), Pravin Pathare, Sameer M Shaikh, Rajiv Datar, Sagar Raghuvanshi, Jaideep Patwardhan, Sunil Baburao Galfade and Rajaram Baburao Shinde as well as amateur Rohan Dhole Patil.
"This year there is the added excitement of the Pune Open being the final PGTI event before the season-ending Tour Championship later next month," PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.
"With spots in the top-60 for the Tour Championship up for grabs, one can expect intense competition as the players would be vying for those spots and their exemption for next year."
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Kshitij Naveed Kaul climbs to top with sublime 65
Kolkata, Nov 26 (Golf News) Delhi's Kshitij Naveed Kaul climbed to the top with a sublime seven-under 65 in round two of the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship here on Friday.
The 20-year-old Kshitij (69-65), a winner on the PGTI in 2019, struck the tournament's best round so far featuring nine birdies and two bogeys to take his 36-hole tally to 10-under 134 for a two-shot lead. Kaul made a gain of five spots from his overnight tied sixth.
Panchkula-based Angad Cheema (68-68), part of the five-way lead on day one, shot a second consecutive 68 to occupy second place at eight-under 136.
Gurugram's Ankur Chadha (68-69), also a joint leader in round one, ended day two in third place at seven-under 137 following his 69 on Friday.
The cut came down at three-over 147. Fifty-three professionals made the cut.
Kshitij Naveed Kaul, currently 19th on the PGTI Order of Merit and fresh from top-20s in his last three events, had birdies at regular intervals on the front-nine picking up shots on the second, fourth, seventh and ninth as a result of conversions from a range of seven to 15 feet.
Kaul then slowed down after a couple of erratic tee shots resulted in bogeys for him on the 10th and 11th. Kshitij then came roaring back with a birdie on the 12th followed by four in succession from the 15th to the 18th. He narrowly missed eagles on the 15th and 17th with his approach from 160 yards landing within inches of the pin on the latter.
The promising young talent signed off in style with a 20-feet birdie conversion on the 18th.
Angad Cheema began the day with two birdies but then made pars and dropped a bogey to be one-under for the day through 13 holes. He then pushed ahead with three birdies between the 14th and the 17th.
Ankur Chadha mixed four birdies with a bogey during his 69 which featured two conversions from a range of 12 to 20 feet.
Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Ahmedabad’s Anshul Patel, Delhi's Chiragh Kumar and Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow were in tied fourth at six-under 138.
Sunit Chowrasia was the highest-placed Kolkata golfer in tied eighth at five-under 139. His second round 68 included four successive birdies on the front-nine.
Mari Muthu of Bengaluru, one of the five joint leaders from round one, dropped to tied eighth after a 71 on Friday.
Defending champion Mithun Perera (73-73) of Sri Lanka was tied 33rd at two-over 146.
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Muthu, Gupta, three others in joint lead at ICC RCGC Open Golf C'ship
Kolkata, Nov 25 (Golf news) Five golfers, including multiple PGTI winners Harendra Gupta and Angad Cheema, shot matching scores of four-under 68 to enjoy the first round lead at the Rs. 40 lakh ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship here on Thursday.
Bengaluru's Mari Muthu R, Gurugram's Ankur Chadha and Vikrant Chopra of Noida are the other three golfers at the top.
On a packed leaderboard, the leading quintet was one shot ahead of six players bunched in tied sixth at three-under 69 which included Akram Ali Mollah of Kolkata, Tapy Ghai, Sri Lankan Anura Rohana, last week’s winner Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Kurush Heerjee.
It was a high scoring day that witnessed sub-par rounds by only 31 players in a field of 126.
Mari and Harendra, both room-mates this week, found themselves at the top of the pack with the former firing an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys and the latter returning a bogey-free round with four birdies to his credit.
Harendra, multiple winner on the PGTI, has had a promising run since the resumption of the tour in September having posted two top-10s and two other top-20s. He is currently 22nd on the Order of Merit.
Angad, currently 23rd on the PGTI Order of Merit, came up with five birdies and a bogey on Thursday.
Angad, a winner on the PGTI, was five-under through 17 holes when he was looking good for the sole lead. However, he bogeyed the closing ninth, missing a five-footer, for his only blemish of the day that saw him drop down into the joint lead at four-under.
Ankur got off to a whirlwind start on the back-nine with four birdies on his first five holes before dropping bogeys on the 15th and 18th. He made a recovery, picking up two birdies on the front-nine.
After being even-par on the back-nine, Vikrant too made his way up the leaderboard by firing four birdies on the front-nine.
Defending champion Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka carded a one-over 73 to be tied 42nd.
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Mithun Perera top draw in RCGC Open
Kolkata, Nov 23 (Golf news) Defending champion and Sri Lankan ace Mithun Perera will be the top draw in the second edition of the 'ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship Powered by Urbana' beginning here from Thursday.
The tournament will see top Indian professionals in the PGTI Order of Merit like Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan, Akshay Sharma, Amardeep Malik, M Dharma and Kshitij Naveed Kaul, as well as the experienced Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, among others.
Other international players in the fray are Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Mohammad Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Mohammad Sayum, Mohammad Dulal Hossain and Mohammad Akbar Hossain.
Kolkata-based professionals such as former PGTI Order of Merit champion Shankar Das, former Indian Open champion Feroz Ali Mollah and other leading players such as Sunit Chowrasia, Divyanshu Bajaj and Mohammad Sanju will be local challengers.
"We look forward to this event growing into one of the biggest attractions in Kolkata, one of India's leading golfing centres, in the future," PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.
"We're excited about returning to the RCGC, one of the top championship venues in the country, after a gap of two years." Cricket legend Kapil Dev, who was included into PGTI as a board member, will also attend the meet and interact with the participants during his brief one-day visit on Friday.
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Sandhu clinches maiden title with dominating final round of 64
Digboi (Assam), Nov 20 (Golf News) Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu claimed his maiden title on the PGTI in style with a dominating final round performance of eight-under 64 at the Rs 60 lakh IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf here on Saturday.
Sandhu's (66-68-67-64) tournament tally of 23-under 265 set the record for the lowest winning total at the Digboi Golf Links as he registered a thumping six-shot victory with Bengaluru's M Dharma (69-68-68-66) finishing runner-up at 17-under 271 following his last round of six-under 66.
The 24-year-old Yuvraj, the overnight leader by two shots, came up with an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys in round four to pick up the winning cheque worth Rs. 9,69,900 and thus zoom from 11th place to sixth position in the PGTI Order of Merit for 2020-2021 with his season's earnings moving to a total of Rs. 33,69,400.
Sandhu, the son of an Army officer, had enjoyed an exceptional season prior to landing in Digboi with nine previous top-10s including six in the last seven events.
The two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour began the day with a bogey on the first but soon regained ground with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh. He chipped-in on the fifth.
From the third till the eighth hole, M Dharma was breathing down Yuvraj's neck as the former sank five birdies to trail the latter by just one shot. However, a couple of erratic shots led to Dharma's double-bogey on the ninth.
Sandhu then made a crucial chip-putt birdie on the 11th to seize the momentum as he got on a hot streak making three birdies, an eagle and a birdie on the next five holes that stretched his lead to seven shots and sealed the deal for him.
Yuvraj, the 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion, produced two excellent drives, a 30-feet conversion and two 10-feet conversions during his dream run from the 11th to the 16th.
Sandhu's bogey on the 17th didn't change the equation as his nearest rival Dharma was a fair distance away with just three birdies on the back-nine.
Yuvraj's 23-under 265 bettered the previous lowest winning total of 20-under 268 at the Digboi Golf Links achieved by Mukesh Kumar in 2002, Shankar Das in 2015 and Honey Baisoya in 2016.
Yuvraj, the leader for the previous two days, said, "I started with the same feeling as the first three days but Dharma played some phenomenal golf on the first eight holes and he gave me a tough time on the front-nine. But on the back-nine I got the reins back and took control.
"I've let my clubs do the talking, all the hard work I've put in is paying off. I can't be more thankful to my team consisting of my coach and physio. They've all been part of this process.
It's a special moment for me and I want to treasure it. I want to let it sink in and get my tub of ice cream to celebrate." Delhi's Sachin Baisoya (66) matched his career-best finish of tied third as he totalled 15-under 273 for the week.
Om Prakash Chouhan (70) of Mhow also claimed tied third place along with Baisoya.
Chandigarh's Harendra Gupta (69) finished fifth at 14-under 274.
Local golfer Deepraj Chetia (69-71-72-76) took tied 33rd place at even-par 288.
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Yuvraj surges ahead with second round 68 in Digboi
Digboi (Assam), Nov 18 (Golf news) Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu surged ahead with a second round of four-under 68 at the Rs 60 lakh IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf 2021 being played at the Digboi Golf Links here on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Yuvraj (66-68), placed three off the lead in tied second position after round one, had a slow start to the day but made big gains on the back-nine to move his total to 10-under 134 on day two.
Sri Lanka's Anura Rohana shot the day's best score of six-under 66 to rise to tied second at nine-under 135 along with Harendra Gupta (68) of Chandigarh.
The cut went at even-par 144. Fifty professionals made the cut.
Earlier in the day, the start of play was delayed by 45 minutes due to fog. Play got underway at 6:45 am. The 18 players who could not finish their first round on Wednesday, came out and completed their round in the morning. The second round began simultaneously.
Among those who completed round one on Thursday morning was Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, who shot a 66, to join Yuvraj and Shravan Desai of Ahmedabad in tied second, three shots behind leader Anshul Patel, another Ahmedabad golfer.
In round two, Yuvraj, a two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, was even-par for the day through 10 holes having made a birdie and bogey before he hit his stride with four birdies between the 11th and 18th.
Sandhu came close to holing out his chip for eagle on the 11th and almost drove the green on the par-4 14th. The 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion then played two more accurate wedge shots that led to birdies on the 15th and 18th.
Yuvraj, who turned pro in 2018, said, "I was mentally in that state where I felt I had to carry forward the momentum from yesterday. Therefore, I was a little anxious to begin with. That's when I told myself that it's just another day of golf so why not enjoy it.
"The post-COVID hard work on the course and in the gym with my coach and fitness trainer seems to be paying off. I'm following the same thought process on and off the golf course for the last few weeks which has in turn contributed to the consistency in my performances.
"The key from here on would be finding maximum greens at this course which has relatively smaller greens. I need to create more birdie opportunities for myself to keep the rhythm going." Anura Rohana (69-66) fired the day's best score of 66 to climb 11 spots to tied second. Rohana, who was even-par for his first 11 holes of the day, went on a birdie-spree with five straight birdies from the third till the seventh as he converted some long putts and made a chip-in on the sixth. He closed the day with another birdie on the ninth.
Harendra Gupta (67-68), lying overnight tied fifth, moved up three spots to joint second after posting a 68. Gupta, a former champion, began the day with a bogey on the first before rallying with five birdies thereafter including a chip-in on the third and birdies on three of the four par-5s.
Chouhan (70) was placed fourth at eight-under 136 while M Dharma (68) of Bengaluru and Bangladesh's Md Akbar Hossain (69) were both in tied fifth place at seven-under 137.
Round one leader Anshul Patel shot a 76 to slip to tied 10th at five-under 139.
The only local golfer to make the cut was Deepraj Chetia (69-71) who ended the day in tied 15th at four-under 140.
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Anshul Patel hogs limelight with sizzling first round 63
Digboi (Assam), Nov 17 (Golf news) Ahmedabad's Anshul Patel hogged the limelight with a sizzling first round of nine-under 63 to lead by three shots at the IndianOil SERVO Masters at the Digboi Golf Links here on Wednesday.
Patel's good friend and room-mate Shravan Desai, another Ahmedabad-based professional, was tied second at six-under 66 at the Rs 60 lakh event.
Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (66) too took a share of second place on day one.
The start of round one was delayed by one hour and 15 minutes in the morning due to fog.
As a result of the delayed start, 18 players out of a total of 117 could not finish their first round on Wednesday. They will come back and resume their round at 6 am local time on Thursday.
The left-handed rookie Anshul Patel, currently ranked 74th in the PGTI Order of Merit and fighting for a spot in the top-60 to retain his card for next year, played some great wedge shots on the back-nine that helped him set up four of his five birdies before the turn.
He also had a 20-feet conversion on the 16th and a bogey on the 17th.
The 26-year-old Patel, playing at Digboi for only the second time, landed it close yet again on the second, third and eighth to pick up three more shots.
Anshul found the green in two on the closing par-5 ninth before draining an eight-footer for eagle, thus ending up with his lowest score in a tournament.
“I felt I was in the zone since the start of the day. I knew if my putts rolled in, I would shoot a good number today. Closing the day with birdie-eagle on the last two holes did a lot for my confidence," Anshul said.
“I’ve been trying to figure out a few things about my game and from the Srinagar event onwards in September I picked up a few things on how I should play around my strengths. That’s given some direction to my game. I’m still looking to putt better though.” Shravan Desai, another rookie like Patel, shot an error-free 66 in his very first competitive round at the Digboi Golf Links.
Desai, currently 68th in the PGTI’s money list, is also vying for a spot in the top-60 to retain his PGTI card. He made two 12 to 15 feet conversions on Wednesday.
Yuvraj Singh Sandhu produced eight birdies and two bogeys during his 66.
Gurugram’s Shivendra Singh Sisodia, former champion Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh and Panchkula’s Angad Cheema were in tied fourth having shot scores of 67.
The two local golfers who made promising starts were Deepraj Chetia (tied 13th at three-under 69) and Dulal Kalowar (tied 37th at even-par 72).
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Bakshi sisters to the fore; Jahanvi leads by one in 12th Leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 17 (Golf news) One of the most consistent players on the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour, Jahanvi Bakshi played extremely steady golf to take a one-shot lead over her sister, Hitaashee in the first round of the 12th leg of the Hero WPGT here on Wednesday.
Barring the opening leg in 2021, Jahanvi has finished in the Top-5 in each of the last 10 legs and now leads the 12th leg. She has won twice and been runner-up three times.
Playing at the Hyderabad Golf Club, Jahanvi had a birdie on second and 10th but dropped a shot on 12th to card one-under 70, the only sub-par round of the day.
Her sister, Hitaashee, who has also won on the Tour, had bogeys on fourth and fifth, but neutralized them with birdies on seventh and 14th for an even par 71.
It will be interesting to see if Jahanvi can win a third title this year, as she and amateur Avani Prashanth, who is not here this week, are the only ones to win more than once.
Gaurika Bishnoi seemed headed for trouble as she had three bogeys in a row from third to fifth and a fourth on seventh.
She recovered much of that lost ground with birdies on the ninth, 12th and 16th to finish at a respectable one-over 72. Gaurika is seeking to end a title drought since June 2019.
Vani Kapoor, who has not won since March 2020, amateur Sneha Singh, winner of the eighth leg this season, and the Hero Order of Merit leader Amandeep Drall, are in tied fourth place with scores of two-over 73 each.
Lakhmehar Pardesi, who won her maiden Hero WPGT title this year, was lying seventh with 74, while Shagun Narain, Rhea Jha and Khushi Khanijau were tied for eighth at 75.
Pranavi Urs and Ridhima Dilawari had a disappointing start with 76 each.
Ridhima had one par on the front nine and four on the back nine. She had six birdies, four bogeys, two doubles and one triple bogey in a roller-coaster of a round of five-over 76.
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Former champions Shamim, Mukesh lead a competitive field at PGTI event in Digboi
Digboi, Nov 16 (Golf news) Former champions, including Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, will vie for top honours when the 21st edition of the Indian Oil SERVO Masters golf tournament begins at the picturesque Digboi Golf Links here on Wednesday.
The Rs 60 lakh event, which is being held under the aegis of the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India, will feature a field of 117 players, including 115 professionals and two amateurs.
The top 50 players and ties will make the cut after round two.
The field will feature top professionals such as Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Akshay Sharma as well as former champions Shankar Das, Harendra Gupta and Sanjay Kumar, besides Shamim and Mukesh Kumar.
The foreign challenge would be led by Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran and Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Md Sayum and Md Akbar Hossain.
The local professionals in the field are Deepraj Chetia, Karanbir Singh Lall, Biren Karmakar, Deven Bhumij, Dulal Kalowar, Bipon Murah, Arun Gowala and Binod Gogoi. The local amateurs in the field are Alok Barua and Jakir Hussain.
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Shiv Kapur prevails over Rashid Khan in playoff
Chandigarh, Nov 14 (Golf news) Shiv Kapur prevailed over Rashid Khan in a playoff at the Rs. 1.5 crore Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021 to register his first ever win at a PGTI event, here on Sunday.
The tournament was decided in a playoff for the fourth year in succession.
The Dubai-based Kapur (64-68-67-70), who hails from Delhi and Khan (65-67-69-68), another Delhi golfer, were in a deadlock at 19-under 269 at the top of the leaderboard after regulation play having shot final rounds of 70 and 68 respectively at the Chandigarh Golf Club.
Olympian Udayan Mane (69-68-67-67) took third place at 17-under 271 after returning a second straight 67.
Shiv, a six time international winner, who also has two previous wins on the Indian domestic tour to his name, came up with a brilliant second shot from the rough to make a two-putt for par on the playoff hole (18th hole) even as two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid hit his second shot into the water which effectively ended his challenge.
Earlier in the day, the 39-year-old Shiv, the overnight leader by one shot, struggled with his hitting and as a result dropped three bogeys on the front-nine with just one birdie in exchange.
A monster 50-feet birdie conversion on the 11th seemed to be the defining moment of the day for him.
Thereafter, Kapur kept landing it within six feet to pick up birdies on the 13th, 16th and 17th.
He missed a four-footer for birdie and outright victory on the 18th but came back stronger in the playoff to lift the title at his close friend Jeev Milkha Singh's event and take home the winning cheque worth Rs. 24,24,750.
Kapur said, "It was not my prettiest round of golf. I had no rhythm and was all over the place to begin with. The first bit of good luck I had was with the long putt on the 11th." "That's when I told my caddie that this is like the fourth quarter of a basketball game and we can get back. I then had a good back nine and am proud of the way I came back and won despite not having my A game. I was pretty happy with the way I played the last three holes." "Winning Jeev's event is also special since he's like my elder brother and his family is like my second family. Without Jeev's guidance I wouldn't be half the player I am." Khan, who was two shots off the lead at the start of the day, went steady on the front-nine with two birdies and a bogey before emerging as a hot contender for the title with a much better back-nine that saw him make three birdies.
Khan, a three-time PGTI Order of Merit champion, sank a 30-feet birdie putt on the 17th. He made par on the 18th but found the water with his second shot on the playoff hole where he had a bad lie.
Khan had earlier lost out in a marathon playoff to Ajeetesh Sandhu at the 2019 edition of the event. He took home a prize money cheque worth Rs. 16,74,750, while climbing from 16th to seventh position in the PGTI Order of Merit.
While Pune-based Udayan Mane ended third, two shots behind the winner, Chandigarh's Aadil Bedi, who was overnight second and one off the lead, closed the week in fourth after his final round of 72 took his tally to 16-under 272.
Kshitij Naveed Kaul of Delhi was fifth at 15-under 273.
The four Chandigarh golfers, other than Aadil, who finished inside the top-10 were Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (tied sixth at 12-under 276), Abhijit Singh Chadha (eighth at 11-under 277), former champion Ajeetesh Sandhu and last year's champion Karandeep Kochhar (both tied 10th at nine-under 279).
Kochhar continues as the PGTI Order of Merit leader with season's earnings of Rs. 49,59,880.
Among the other marquee names in the field, Gaganjeet Bhullar shot the day's best score of 66 to finish tied 13th at eight-under 280, SSP Chawrasia and former champion Chikkarangappa were both tied 16th at seven-under 281 while Jyoti Randhawa was tied 33rd at three-under 285.
US-based Varun Chopra won the trophy for the best performing amateur as he closed the week in tied 26th at four-under 284.
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Kapur leads by one stroke at Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational
Chandigarh, Nov 13 (Golf news) Experienced golfer Shiv Kapur turned in five-under 67 to grab a slender one-shot advantage in a packed leaderboard after the third and penultimate round of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational here on Saturday.
Kapur (64-68-67), a four-time winner on the Asian Tour, was 17-under 199 after three days in the Rs. 1.5 crore event Presented by TAKE Sports.
The Dubai-based golfer, one of the pre-tournament favourites, built on his solid previous rounds to be the leader for the third day running at the Chandigarh Golf Club.
Aadil Bedi (68-65-67), a winner on the PGTI in early 2020, kept local hopes alive as he went error-free for the second straight day during his 67 to move up one spot to second position at 16-under 200.
Delhi's Rashid Khan (65-67-69), a two-time Asian Tour winner, slipped out of the overnight joint lead and dropped to third place at 15-under 201 following his 69.
Delhi's Kshitij Naveed Kaul (69) occupied fourth place at 13-under 203.
Gurugram-based Dhruv Sheoran carded the day's best score of eight-under 64 to climb 10 places to tied fifth at 12-under 204. Olympian Udayan Mane (67) was also tied for fifth along with Sheoran.
The 39-year-old Kapur, looking for his first title on the PGTI, had a brisk start as he made four birdies on the first eight holes which included three conversions from a range of 10 to 25 feet.
Kapur, who was bogey-free through his first 44 holes of the tournament, then hit a rough patch dropping three bogeys in exchange for a lone birdie between the ninth and 12th holes.
He missed a couple of par putts on that stretch, including a two-footer on the 12th.
Kapur, originally hailing from Delhi, rallied with three birdies thereafter as his accurate wedge shots set up short birdie putts on the 13th, 16th and 17th that gave him the sole lead for the first time this week.
"Heading into round four, I'll look to continue doing what I've done since the start of the event," Kapur said.
"The focus will be on keeping it in play, giving myself opportunities and making those crucial putts to keep the momentum going." Aadil Bedi carded five birdies and the ones that stood out were his 40-feet conversion on the ninth and his chip-in from the bunker on the 13th. He has so far dropped just one double-bogey in the tournament and there are no bogeys on his card.
Rashid made gains with two birdies on the first 10 holes followed by an eagle on the 13th. He conceded a bogey on the 16th but came back with a superb recovery from the trees to salvage a par on the 17th and keep himself in contention.
Besides Bedi, there were three other Chandigarh professionals in the top-10 as Yuvraj Singh Sandhu and Abhijit Singh Chadha were tied seventh at 11-under 205, while defending champion Karandeep Kochhar climbed 12 spots to tied ninth at nine-under 207 after his round of 65.
Among the other marquee names in the field, former champion Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh and SSP Chawrasia were both in tied 11th at eight-under 208 while Jyoti Randhawa was another three shots back in tied 18th.
Former champion Chikkarangappa of Bengaluru was tied 23rd at four-under 212. Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied 34th at two-under 214.
The two amateurs to make the cut, US-based Varun Chopra (three-under 213) and Aryan Roopa Anand (even-par 216) of Bengaluru, were placed tied 26th and tied 49th respectively.
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Jeev misses the cut at Jeev Invitational; Shiv, Rashid share lead
Chandigarh, Nov 12 (Golf News) Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh missed the cut while Shiv Kapur and Rashid Khan were tied for the top spot at the halfway stage of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports at the Chandigarh Golf Club here on Friday.
While Dubai-based Shiv (64-68) went bogey-free for the second day in succession with a four-under 68, Delhi-based Rashid (65-67) brought in a card of five-under 67 featuring seven birdies and two bogeys as both players enjoyed the joint second round lead at 12-under 132.
Chandigarh's Aadil Bedi (68-65) shot the day's best score of seven-under 65 to move up five spots to third place at 11-under 133.
The cut came down at even-par 144 and 60 professionals and two amateurs managed to get in for weekend rounds.
Jeev (75-72), however, missed the cut despite a steady even-par 72 in round two. He totalled three-over 147 for the week.
Shiv, who admitted to being rusty at the start of the week having not played a tournament for about a month, seemed to have shaken off the rust.
The six-time international winner, who began his round from the 10th, had a scrappy start as he made pars on the first six holes. Shiv then found the hole from a range of seven to eight feet for his three consecutive birdies from the 16th through the 18th.
On the front-nine, he was steady with eight pars and a lone birdie on the sixth where he sank his longest putt of the day, a 15-footer.
"I was a bit scrappy today especially on the first six holes as the conditions were a little different in the morning with the ball not travelling too far. It took some time adjusting to the different distances the ball was travelling.
"What I did well was make a number of par putts to keep the momentum of the round going," he said.
"I'm still making a few mental mistakes out there having not played tournament golf for a while. However, if you told me before the start of the week that I'd be bogey-free through 36 holes, I'd take it in a heartbeat." Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid jumped from overnight third to tied first. Rashid was one-under through the front-nine and then pushed ahead with a four-under on the back-nine. Khan attributed his low score to his good course management.
On the other hand, Bedi, who has just recovered from a wrist injury which kept him out of action from three PGTI events in September, sank a 40-footer for birdie on the 15th and converted four more birdies from a range of 10 to 15 feet.
Olympian Udayan Mane (68) is tied ninth at seven-under 137.
Gaganjeet Bhullar was in tied 34th place at one-under 143.
The two amateurs to make the cut were Aryan Roopa Anand of Bengaluru, who is tied 34th at one-under 143, and US-based Varun Chopra who is tied 51st at even-par 144.
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Shiv Kapur, Abhijit Singh Chadha share round one lead
Chandigarh, Nov 11 (Golf news) Six-time international winner Shiv Kapur and Abhijit Singh Chadha got off to flying starts with splendid rounds of eight-under 64 to share the first round lead at the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021 golf tournament, Presented by TAKE Sports here on Thursday.
While Dubai-based Kapur had a bogey-free day, two-time PGTI winner Chadha, playing at his home course, fired an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey.
Delhi's Rashid Khan produced an impressive error-free seven-under 65 to be placed third.
The 39-year-old Kapur, who has had a few starts on the European Tour this year, picked up his first birdie of the day on the fifth hole and didn't look back thereafter as he collected seven more birdies, including two on the 16th and 17th.
Interestingly, Kapur had enjoyed a similar start at the 2018 edition of the event when he had shot a first round of 65 to be the joint leader.
"I was solid all the way round. I didn't birdie two of the short par-5s and left a couple of putts out there but overall it was a clean card with no bogeys. I also holed my fair share of putts," Kapur said.
"I hit lots of fairways and all 18 greens in regulation. However, it's a long way to go and I will look to try and build from here.
"I've not played enough competitive golf of late, so I was worried about being a little bit rusty. But the good start to the week helped me shake off the rust. This is a great tune-up for me ahead of the restart of the Asian Tour in a couple of weeks from now." The 30-year-old Chadha, who began his round from the 10th tee, recorded a 64 courtesy his hot putter. After sinking his first birdie on the 13th, the tall and lanky golfer added an eagle, six more birdies and a bogey to his card. He sank a 45-footer on the fifth and a 30-feet putt on the seventh.
The newly-married Chadha, said, "The two 30-feet plus putts were the highlight of the round. It's been a slow season for me but I've worked a lot on my putting and things are coming together now. Playing in home conditions also always helps." Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the seasoned Gaurav Ghei of Delhi, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, another Delhi-based player and Gurugram's Tapy Ghai were all in tied fourth place, having shot scores of 67.
Aadil Bedi was the third Chandigarh player in the top-10 as he struck a 68 to be tied eighth.
Among the marquee names in the field, Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia, Udayan Mane and former champion Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh carded 69s to be tied 12th while Gaganjeet Bhullar and former champion S Chikkarangappa were a further shot back in tied 26th place.
Chandigarh's Karandeep Kochhar, the defending champion and PGTI Order of Merit leader, shot a 72 to be tied 50th.
Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh, who had good friends and fellow Chandigarh professionals Amritinder Singh and Gurbaaz Mann as his playing partners, returned a 75 to be placed tied 89th.
Jeev said, "I was pleasantly surprised that I turned at even-par despite being so rusty. I managed myself quite well off the tee and kept it in play.
"On the front-nine I made three bogeys from the centre of the fairway so that was a little disappointing and just showed that my iron-play was patchy today. I'm looking forward to a better second round.
"I had a good time out there with Amritinder and Gurbaaz as we relived the old memories. We were serious where we needed to be and at other times we joked around and egged each other on and pushed each other for better shots."
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Golf: Khalin Joshi emerges victorious at Jaipur Open
Jaipur, Oct 15 (Golf news) Khalin Joshi's final round of three-under 67 was good enough for him to turn the tables on overnight leader M Dharma and emerge victorious at the Rs 40 lakh Jaipur Open golf tournament presented by Rajasthan Tourism, 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 totalled 22-under 258 for the week.
Khalin's fifth career trophy ended his three-year long title 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 he 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.
"I was not comfortable with my irons today, especially on the approach shots. However, I drove and putted really well. So I said to myself to keep hitting as many fairways and greens as possible and the putter will do the rest of the job," Joshi said.
"The key for me today was making some up and downs and clutch par putts. This win will help me raise my game even more in the future events." 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 the 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.
Olympian Udayan Mane (64) was tied ninth at 17-under 263.
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Jaipur Open: M Dharma maintains lead on day 3, Khalin Joshi two behind in second place
Jaipur, Oct 14 (Golf news) Bengaluru's M Dharma held on to the lead on the third day of the Jaipur Open golf tournament, carding a five-under 65 here on Thursday.
The two-time PGTI winner (62-62-65), who was the overnight leader by three shots, ended day three with a two-shot lead, moving his total to 21-under 189.
His good friend and regular practice partner, Khalin Joshi (61-66-64) moved from overnight tied second to sole second at 19-under 191 following his 64 in round three.
Dharma and Khalin, both belonging to the same course, the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA), have stamped their authority here this week as both have been placed inside the top-3 on the first three days of the event.
Veer Ahlawat (67) and Harendra Gupta (67) are currently placed third at 16-under 194 and fourth at 15-under 195 respectively.
Dharma, looking for his first title in four years, missed a few short birdie putts early on and then dropped a bogey on the fourth after finding the bunker.
He finally got into his stride with a great tee shot on the sixth that left him a four-feet birdie conversion.
Thereafter, Dharma added five more birdies.
"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," Dharma said.
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.
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) and last week’s winner Viraj Madappa (68).
Olympian 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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Dharma dominates round 2 with second straight 62, opens 3-shot lead
Jaipur, Oct 13 (Golf news) Bengaluru’s M Dharma produced a second straight eight-under 62, the day's best score, to open up a three-shot lead at 16-under 124 at the Rs 40 lakh Jaipur Open here on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Dharma (62-62), who was tied second and one off the lead after round one, is now well-placed to improve upon his two third place finishes in the previous two editions of the Jaipur Open.
The two-time winner on the PGTI, currently placed 18th in the PGTI Order of Merit, sank an eagle and seven birdies at the cost of a solitary bogey in the second round at the par-70 Rambagh Golf Club (RGC).
Gurugram's Veer Ahlawat (64-63) had an astonishing run of six successive birdies on the back-nine during his second round of 63. He moved up four spots to tied second at 13-under 127.
Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (61-66), the round one leader, slipped to tied second along with Ahlawat after a second round of 66 that featured an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys.
The cut fell at three-under 137. Fifty professionals made the cut for the money rounds. Dharma had one of his best days with the putter in recent times. He sank birdies from a range of 10 to 15 feet on the first, third, fourth and sixth.
Dharma then missed an eagle by the narrowest of margins as his approach shot from 100 yards out stopped inches from the flag. He tapped-in for birdie there. His only bogey of the day came on the second hole.
On the back-nine, Dharma made further gains with a 20-feet birdie and a 25-feet eagle conversion on the 10th and 18th respectively. He also picked up a birdie on the 13th. Veer Ahlawat had a dream run of six straight birdies from the 13th to the 18th. He then had a relatively quieter front-nine, adding just one more birdie on his closing ninth hole.
Khalin Joshi was three-under over the first 10 holes but then had an up and down last eight holes collecting an eagle and a birdie in exchange for two bogeys.
Last week’s winner Viraj Madappa (64) of Kolkata and Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta (65) were in tied fourth place at 12-under 128.
PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar (64) of Chandigarh was in sixth at 11-under 129.
Olympian Udayan Mane (65) was tied eighth at nine-under 131.
Jaipur’s Hemendra Choudhary (66-70), playing at his home course, was placed tied 32nd at four-under 136. Choudhary was the only Jaipur-based player to make the cut.
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Khalin Joshi takes lead at Jaipur Open with round of 61
Jaipur, Oct 12 (Golf news) Khalin Joshi sunk in an eagle and nine birdies to fire a scorching nine-under 61 for the first round lead at the Jaipur Open, here on Tuesday.
The Bengaluru golfer had two bogeys.
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 joint second position.
Joshi sank some tough par putts at the start which enabled him to judge the speed of the greens. He 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," Joshi said.
"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." 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.
Olympian 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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Joshi grabs top position, Ahlawat cards day's best to be tied second
New Delhi, Oct 6 (Golf news) Bengaluru's Khalin Joshi carded a six-under 66 to grab the top position at the halfway stage of the Rs 70 lakh TATA Steel PGTI MP Cup at the Delhi Golf Club here on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Joshi, the winner of the 2018 Panasonic Open here, struck seven birdies and a bogey to move up six places and take the sole lead in round two as his total read nine-under 135.
Gurugram's Veer Ahlawat (72-65) shot the day's best score of 65 to gain 37 spots and move into tied second at seven-under 137.
Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja (70-67) and round one joint leaders Manu Gandas (67-70) of Gurugram and Chikkarangappa S (67-70) of Bengaluru were also tied for second place along with Ahlawat.
The cut went at two-over 146. Fifty-two professionals and one amateur made the cut.
Joshi began the day on a high, thanks to a 15-feet birdie conversion on the first. He added two more birdies and a bogey on the front-nine to make the turn at two-under.
He began building momentum on the back-nine with an excellent approach shot from 140 yards on the 11th that landed inches from the pin for a tap-in birdie. He followed that up with a 15-feet putt for par save on the 12th.
Joshi wrapped up the day with three more birdies on the last five holes. He fired another outstanding approach from 130 yards on the 15th which missed the hole narrowly and gave him an easy birdie putt.
Ahlawat, on the other hand, went error-free as he made 16 greens in regulation and had a chip-in birdie.
Kolkata's Viraj Madappa and Gurugram's Kartik Sharma were tied sixth at six-under 138.
PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh was tied eighth at five-under 139.
Delhi's Rashid Khan, the overnight joint leader, slipped to tied 12th at four-under 140 after a round of 73.
Shiv Kapur shot a 67 to be tied 15th at three-under 141. Another star attraction SSP Chawrasia was tied 34th at one-over 145.
Round one joint leader Ajay Baisoya of Delhi dropped to tied 42nd at two-over 146.
The only amateur to make the cut was Arvind Khanna. He was tied 42nd at two-over 146.
Olympian Udayan Mane missed the cut as he totalled 10-over 154 while Jyoti Randhawa withdrew from the event due to an injury.
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SSP Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur to compete at PGTI MP Cup
New Delhi, Oct 4 (Golf news) Olympians Udayan Mane and SSP Chawrasia, along with the seasoned duo of Shiv Kapur and Jyoti Randhawa, will compete at the TATA Steel PGTI MP Cup here from Tuesday.
The tournament carries a prize purse of Rs 70 lakh and marks the PGTI's return to the Delhi Golf Course with a full-field event after seven years.
The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera and N Thangaraja and Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.
The Pro-Am event will be held on October 9.
The tournament is a 72-hole stroke-play competition with the cut to be declared after 36 holes. The top-50 players and ties will make the cut for the last two rounds.
The event is a part of the international golfing calendar with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points allocated to it.
The top 5 finishers at the event will earn OWGR points.
"...this new event which is a major step in helping Indian professional golf and PGTI bounce back after the six-month break caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI.
"The newly redesigned DGC will pose its own set of challenges for the professionals which will add to the excitement of the event," he added.
A golf clinic will be held by PGTI on Wednesday during which Chawrasia and Kapur will share tips on the nuances of the game with DGC members.
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Olympian Udayan Mane shoots sublime 65 to take first round lead at J&K Open
Srinagar, Sept 15 (Golf News) Pune-based Udayan Mane, who represented India at the Tokyo Olympics, fired a sublime seven-under 65 in the opening round to take the early lead at the Rs. 40 lakh J&K Open here on Wednesday.
The Delhi duo of Rashid Khan and Honey Baisoya as well as Gurugram's Veer Ahlawat, the runner-up at the PGTI event last week, shot scores of five-under 67 to be tied second.
Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, Chandigarh's Akshay Sharma and Patna's Aman Raj returned cards of four-under 68 to be tied fifth.
Delhi-based Kshitij Naveed Kaul, who has his origins in J&K, carded a 70 to be tied 14th.
Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa posted an even-par 72 to occupy tied 25th place.
Pawan Parihar was the highest-placed among the players based in J&K. Parihar, who hails from the Jammu Tawi Golf Course, also produced a 72 to take a share of 25th place.
Udayan Mane got off to a dream start with eight birdies on the first 10 holes. He struck the ball with pin-point precision, landing it within six feet of the pin to set up birdies on the first, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth.
On the 10th, the big-built Mane sank a 12-footer to move to eight-under for the day.
After a terrific start, Udayan then slowed down on the back-nine as the putts didn’t roll in for him. He dropped a bogey on the 15th but saved a good par from the bunker on the 16th.
"I just started off with a bang and was seven-under thru nine holes and eight-under thru 10. Coming in I didn’t really make enough putts to get the round going. I was looking at a 59 after the 10th but it didn’t go as per plan for me on the back-nine," Mane said.
Among the three players in tied second at 67, Veer Ahlawat and Honey Baisoya had error-free rounds while Rashid Khan made seven birdies and two bogeys.
Bengaluru's Chikkarangappa, the last winner at Royal Springs Golf Course, ended the day with a 73 to be tied 39th while PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh was a further two shots back in tied 63rd place
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Mane, Randhawa among top golfers at J&K Open
Srinagar, Sep 14 (Golf news) Olympic-returned Udayan Mane and former Asian Tour winners Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan will headline a stellar field when professional golf returns to the valley with the J & K Open here from Wednesday.
The Rs 40 lakh event, organised by the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), along with J&K Tourism, will be held at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC).
The Pro-Am event will be held on September 19.
The tournament will witness participation from 125 golfers -- 119 professionals and six amateurs.
The top Indian professionals in the fray include Mane, who had played at the Tokyo Olympics, eight-time Asian Tour winner Randhawa, two-time Asian tour winner Rashid, PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar and 2018 Panasonic Open winner Khalin Joshi.
Among others, Viraj Madappa and Chikkarangappa S (former winner at Royal Springs Golf Course) as well as other leading Indian players such as Aman Raj, Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Manu Gandas will be in fray.
The foreign challenge will be led by the Bangladeshi duo of Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.
The local challenge will be led by Bhawani Singh Parmar, Pawan Parihar, Fayaz Ahmed Langoo and Raghav Wahi as well as amateurs such as Sanjeev Dugra, Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Zubair Hasan Zargar, Arsalan Rah, Adnan Rah and Umar Yaqoob Mir.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, "The staging of the J&K Open 2021 is another positive trend for the PGTI since the resumption of the tour in the first week of September.
"The tournament is in line with our long-term objective of promoting professional golf in different parts of the country in order to grow the sport further.
"We appreciate the support of J&K Tourism, J&K Golf Development & Management Authority and the Royal Springs Golf Course in helping us stage this event."
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Udayan Mane, Rashid Khan and Khalin Joshi among golfers to tee off at Golconda Masters
Hyderabad, Aug 31 (Golf news): Top golfers, including defending champion and Tokyo-returned Udayan Mane and former Asian tour winners Rashid Khan and Khalin Joshi, will vie for honours when the Golconda Masters Telangana Open tees off here on Thursday.
The tournament, which will kick-start the domestic season after a five-month gap forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, will witness participation from 129 golfers -- 123 professionals and six amateurs.
Mane (2018 & 2020 winner), who had competed at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month, will headline the field which also includes PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar, Viraj Madappa and Aman Raj as well as other leading players such as former champions Chikkarangappa S (2019 winner) and Harendra Gupta (2015 winner).
The foreign challenge will be led by the Bangladeshi duo of Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.
The local challenge will be led by Haider Hussain, Mohd Azhar, Venkkat Gautham, Rupinder Singh Gill and Sanjay Kumar Singh as well as amateurs such as Hardik S Chawda, Tarun Ajay, Tej Gangavarapu, Sankeerth Nidadavolu and Milind Soni.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, "We're excited about resuming the 2020-21 TATA Steel PGTI season with the Golconda Masters Telangana Open 2021 Presented by Vooty & Haldi.
"We are extremely thankful to Hyderabad Golf Association, Vooty Golf County, Haldi Golf County, Telangana Tourism, Incredible India, Skoda and Apollo Hospitals, for their kind cooperation and support towards our cause.
"The Golconda Masters Telangana Open has emerged as one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGTI over the last seven years and we're confident the event will continue to be a catalyst in helping grow the popularity of the sport in Telangana and will boost golf tourism in the state." The tournament will be held at the Hyderabad Golf Club.
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Shubhankar Sharma makes the cut as Chawrasia falls short at European Masters
Switzerland, Aug 28 (Golf News): Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma carded a second successive two-under 68 to make the cut at the Omega European Masters but SSP Chawrasia missed the weekend action.
Sharma, who is coming off two good starts, had four birdies against two bogeys around the turn to get to 4-under and was T-22 at the halfway stage.
Chawrasia however missed the cut with identical scores of 71-71.
Sharma, who was T-9 at the Cazoo Classic, bogeyed the 11th but holed birdies on 14th and 18th to turn in 1-under. On his second nine, he birdied first and second and dropped a late bogey on eighth.
Dean Burmester holds a one shot lead going into the weekend after adding a bogey free round of 65 to his opening 64.
The two-time European Tour winner got to 11 under par at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, edging ahead of England’s Andy Sullivan and Thomas Detry of Belgium, as he goes in search of his second win of the season following his Tenerife Open triumph.
The South African notched up six victories on the Sunshine Tour before securing his first European Tour trophy at the co-sanctioned Tshwane Open in 2017, and he has more silverware in his sights after recording four Top-10s this season in addition to his win in the Canary Islands in May.
Italian Renato Paratore is in fourth at nine under par after his round of 66, while English pair Matthew Jordan and Ross McGowan are joined at eight under par by Spain’s Jorge Campillo and Justin Harding of South Africa.
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Tata Steel PGTI to resume season from September 2, a new event announced in J&K
New Delhi, Aug 26 (Sports news) The Tata Steel PGTI will resume its season on September 2 after a COVID-19 enforced break with men's professional golf set to return to the Kashmir Valley after a seven year-hiatus, the organisers announced on Thursday.
The combined 2020-2021 season has so far witnessed 10 tournaments, seven of which were staged between November last year to March 2021, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ten events are scheduled to be played between September to December with the season resuming with the Golconda Masters Telangana Open, which will be played at the Hyderabad Golf Club from September 2-5. The prize purse for the tenth edition of the event is Rs. 40 lakh.
It will be followed by the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship, that has a prize purse of Rs. 50 lakh, to be played at the Panchkula Golf Club from September 8-11.
The inaugural J&K Open will be staged at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar from September 15-18. The event marks the return of men's professional golf to the Kashmir Valley after seven years.
The PGTI staged its last two events in the region in Pahalgam and Srinagar in July 2014. The tournament will offer a prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh.
October will see the launch of yet another new event with the inaugural TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship presented by Delhi Golf Club slated to be held from October 5-8.
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The prize purse for the event is Rs. 50 lakh. The PGTI will be staging a full-field event (not co-sanctioned by Asian Tour) at the Delhi Golf Club after seven years.
The Jaipur Open will also be held in October from 12 to 15 at the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur and the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational scheduled at the Chandigarh Golf Club from November 11-14. The event boasts a prize purse of Rs. 1.5 crore.
The ICC-RCGC Open Golf Championship returns for its second edition at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata from November 25-28 while the Pune Open Golf Championship will be staged at the Poona Club Golf Course from December 1-4.
The season ending Tata Steel Tour Championship will carry an impressive prize purse of Rs 1.5 crore. It will be played at the Golmuri and Beldih Golf Courses in Jamshedpur from December 16-19.
In a major boost ahead of the resumption of the season, the Tour has signed two new partners -- American Express and and Amrutanjan Health Care Limited.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, "Our country has seen the most unprecedented and difficult times over the last few months. Fortunately, with the Covid situation having improved and life slowly coming back to normal, we at PGTI plan to restart the tour in September 2021." "The PGTI will continue to follow strict regulations in order to take all precautions against Covid-19 and ensure the smooth functioning of tournaments." World Cup-winning cricket captain and Board Member, PGTI, Kapil Dev said, "We at the PGTI are delighted to announce a healthy schedule with a number of tournaments lined up between September to December.
"We thank all our partners, tournament sponsors and host clubs for supporting our efforts despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and the tough circumstances that we find ourselves.
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Golfer Udayan Mane officially qualifies for Tokyo Olympics, joins Lahiri
New Delhi, Jul 6 (Golf news) Udayan Mane on Tuesday officially booked himself a maiden Olympic berth, becoming the second Indian male golfer after Anirban Lahiri to be Tokyo-bound for the mega-event starting July 23.
The 30-year-old Mane, currently the second-highest ranked Indian in the world at 356, was all set to make the cut after Argentina's Emiliano Grillo announced his withdrawal from the quadrennial event on June 24.
The official announcement was made on Tuesday with Mane finding himself at the 60th spot in the Olympic golf ranking list which was made available on the International Golf Federation's (IGF) website.
"...I'm still pinching myself as it hasn't yet sunk in fully," Mane said.
"With a great 2020-21 season on the PGTI, I felt that I had almost sealed my qualification for the Olympics but the lockdown in India this year put some doubts in my mind whether I could actually make the cut for Tokyo.
"The only tours which have recently been operational are the PGA Tour and European Tour and I thought the players from those tours had a real chance of pushing through and qualifying for the Olympics." Mane recalled his last tournament before the lockdown and how crucial a his win in that event proved to be in the end.
"I cannot help thinking about that last hole in the Delhi-NCR Open in March. I birdied the 72nd hole and managed a win and those points helped me make this team," said Mane.
"Even a second place would not have been enough." "I had done what I could and it included a win in my last start which was in March this year after which I did not get a chance to play," he added.
Mane, who qualified on the basis of being first reserve against Grillo's name, alongwith Lahiri will make up a two-member Indian men's team in the 60-player field which will tee off at the Kasumigaseki Country Club on July 29.
"I'm looking forward to joining Anirban in the Indian team at Tokyo. He's not only a good friend but also a great golfer and a role-model and more than that he's an amazing human being," said the Chennai-born golfer, who is six feet four inches tall.
"He teaches us on the golf course and off the golf course. He's the best person to emulate. We've been in contact with each other now over the phone more often because ever since he found out about my qualification he’s also been quite excited." Two weeks back, PGA Tour regular Lahiri, the highest-ranked Indian golfer at 340, had become the first Indian male golfer to qualify for Tokyo following some withdrawals from the list of qualified players.
Lahiri will be appearing at his second consecutive Olympic as he had also represented India at the Rio Games along with SSP Chawrasia.
Mane is an 11-time winner on the PGTI and is one of only two players (along with Ashok Kumar) to have won three consecutive events on the tour.
He achieved the feat between December 2019 and February 2020 when he won the TATA Steel Tour Championship 2019, Vooty & Haldi Presents Golconda Masters 2020 and TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020.
Mane won PGTI's last event Prometheus School Presents Delhi-NCR Open in March 2021.
In 2014, Mane had represent India at the Incheon Asian Games and the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan and hoped his experience will help him in Tokyo.
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"I have played in Japan before during the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy when I shot a 14-under for the week and finished 13th at the event. Until 2018 that was the best finish and score by an Indian at the event. So Japan has been nice to me," he said.
"The experience of already having competed at a multi-sport mega-event such as the 2014 Asian Games will in some way help me in adapting to the atmosphere of the Olympics." Among women, Diksha Dagar was fifth reserve and could not join Aditi in the Tokyo field.
The men will compete from July 29-August 1, while the women's competition is scheduled from August 4 to 7 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
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My ultimate goal is to be a world champion and inspire others - Indian golfer Yuvraj Singh Sandhu
It's fair to say that golf is not the most popular sport in India, but the country has seen its share of talent with the likes of Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma to name a few. Often associated as a rich man’s sport, golf news is a niche market which is slowly and steadily generating interest amongst the masses.
In an exclusive interview with SPOGO, golfer Yuvraj Singh Sandhu speaks about his journey as a golfer, the influence of his army background, mental health, training during the pandemic, promoting golf at the grassroots, getting more Indians to win at the highest level and his future goals and aspirations.
Q 1) When were you first introduced to golf and how did your interest in the sport grow?
I was first introduced to golf when my father was posted in Rangapahar in Dimapur. My father was the golf secretary at the Golf Club and a coach from Hyderabad asked me to make a few swings and have fun on the golf course. My mother was very keen for me to start a sport that would make me a better human being rather than an athlete. She introduced me to the sport but both my parents realized that I had a touch for this game and I was lucky enough to have my best friend with me who also played golf. Whenever we wanted to spend time, we would go to the golf course, chipping, putting, hitting some golf balls and walking around the course. Our fathers also used to play together so it was a good bonding experience not just for us but also for our bond with the game as well.
Q 2) As you come from an army background, how much of an influence has it had on your golf career?
The army has always been an influence for me and will always be a major part of my life. It has given me and my family support and options to choose different sports. In India, golf is considered to be a very expensive sport but the army golf courses that I have been to have been so supportive and upcoming that they believe in producing athletes if it’s possible. Other than golf, the army influence gives me that extra edge to not give up and push my limits. My dad is a commando and he has worked very hard in the army. The endurance that he has shown me while I was growing up, the extra edge, physical and mental fitness, never giving up, always being on top, working hard and paving my way through irrespective of whether I’m talented or gifted are qualities that have come from the army. I’m really grateful to the armed forces for this.
Q 3) Golf as a sport demands great mental strength. What do you do to keep yourself mentally positive ahead of big tournaments? Tell us about your training regime?
Golf is a game which is a game played between the five inches of the ears. It’s very important to stay sane, calm and unlike other outdoor athletes that can be aggressive, a golfer can be aggressive in training or practice but not while playing a tournament. You need to be calm and hold your nerves under pressure and it’s something that changes the way you look at golf. I have started to meditate to maintain my mental capability to perform at the highest levels. Initially I didn’t enjoy it because I felt it was a pointless activity, but knowing yourself mentally and having the ability to control your thoughts consciously or subconsciously to channel out other things and focus is a very important quality. I do take care of my mental health as my sister is practicing clinical psychotherapy and she helps me a lot with my mental health, issues related to anxiety and performance pressures. As an athlete, I consider it to be normal to be a little anxious, get those butterflies before a big or small event but controlling those butterflies is something in our control. I try my best to stay calm, in control and keep learning from others about how they keep their composure. I have mentors such as Jeev Milkha Singh sir who have taught me how to control myself on the golf course, going about entering a tournament and staying in the present. Right now, there are no upcoming tournaments until August, so it’s my off season. I have a schedule, workout and practice regime designed by my trainer, golf coach and physiotherapist and I try to stick to it as much as possible and also push myself to get better, stronger and a better version of myself overall.
Q 4) You won your maiden title in the PGTI Feeder Tour Event at Karnal in 2019, tell us about your experience?
Karnal was a memorable win and I never felt out of place when I entered that week, even though I was a bit nervous towards the end. I felt everything was under control which is something that can bring a win for a golfer. That was the first tournament where I played in an absolutely different golf course because it was the first time I played in Karnal and I just wanted to have fun. When I got back home, everyone was very happy and satisfied with the way I played the tournament and for getting my first win as a professional golfer. That one win did give me a boost but I would like to win back to back more often and I came back with the feeling that I need to work much harder.
Q 5) How challenging was it to continue training in the ongoing pandemic situation? What did you do to keep yourself in good shape?
These are really testing times. I feel the only way to get through this is to spread positivity and appreciate what you have. I have been trying to stay grateful for everything I have everyday. In December, I started a 'Gratitude Journal' which is actually helping me a lot. The way I look at life now and how fortunate I am to have this life to be able to stay inside my house and train at the same time. I was lucky that I had a few of my equipment in place just before the lockdown happened. I also have a mat which takes care of one part of my game. Just to keep myself a little more distracted from the fact that the tournaments are not taking place, I have started learning to play guitar which is one thing that is exciting right now. I have given more time to connect with my friends and family at this time as it's very very important to keep checking on your loved ones and that's the only way to spread positivity around the globe. Everyday I wake up with a feeling that if I can make somebody laugh or smile today, that will actually see me through the day. That's what's keeping me going through this lockdown. I'm sure we all will come out of this COVID lockdown much smarter, brighter and we all will be more hunger driven for our professional lives as that's also something very important. I know it's a very tough time but you have to see the best and you have to just accept what it is and have some faith and belief in God.
Q 6) What do you think India needs to do in order to get more participation in the sport from grassroot levels?
I feel that schools are very much responsible as to how a child sees the world. In our society, I feel that the people are told why don't you just get a degree first or why don't you become a doctor, engineer or join armed forces or fly abroad and get a job there. Nobody tells you that you might actually be the one to take the tricolor to the Olympics or to the Asian games or be a World Champion. People always find a way to make an excuse like I don't know if you are going to be a world champion but nobody can take education away from you. I agree with that, but I feel that if you don't try in the very first place and don't put yourself out there just to start the journey of being a world champion or being somebody who wants to be an athlete. How can you just sit back and say education is something that you should do? I think we need to be encouraging about junior golf and sub junior golf because I feel golf is a passion driven game. If somebody has the passion, it's very difficult to just leave the sport. I believe a lot of people need to invest in junior, sub junior levels and a lot of coaches also need to invest their time. A lot of schools should introduce golf and while that is happening, I think we should encourage juniors to play, encourage sub juniors, amateurs and girls just to go out there and have fun while playing the sport because you just experience a different part of yourself when you are there on the golf course just practising. It's like a different zone altogether. Grassroot levels will be just from schools or probably getting much experienced players to interact with these junior players or children in schools will help. Interactions with hall of fame players like Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh, Shiv Kapur, Ajeetesh Sandhu. These players should have an interaction platform which is lacking in our society. People see it as okay, he is an athlete but how many athletes become the top five or top ten. They tried, they became champions. You need to try first to become a top five or top ten. You can't just sit back and say oh no we will educate our child. Hence I feel it's more to do with the whole society thinking that athletics and a sportsmen's life is not bad at all. It's actually a life where a child once he or she becomes a major gets to know the struggles of their lives. They actually get to know what life is. When they have a limited amount of money in their account they need to train and perform with that which is what is learning to live a life. Therefore, I think the introduction of sports needs to be more, visibility of the sport needs to be more. More and more people should talk about golf in India. People should be encouraged when they are practising on public golf courses or in stadiums. There are a few stadiums that have made a range within the stadium premises. Siri Fort has done a great job by giving a whole range inside the stadium. These things need to be encouraged by our society, government, elderly and by the people who can actually make a difference.
Q 7) What would it take for Indians to win the PGA Tour, Green Jackets and medals at the Olympics and Asian Games?
I think the medals can come only with quality practice. The quality of golf courses in India needs to be much better and they need to be equalised with the world golf course such as golf courses that host PGA tour events, European tour events. I feel India is lacking there. There are a lot of management issues in the golf club because people are doing it just for the sake of doing it. They don't want players to come out. If we have good quality practise sessions, quality coaches, in fact we do have really good coaches and trainers in India but the whole process of adaptation from the golf courses in India to the golf course in Europe or America is a big difference that an athlete has to travel and play in totally different conditions. I feel that when we start working on the conditions of the golf courses and start bringing up their quality I think we could give ourselves a very good chance and we could actually bag a lot of medals at the Olympics and the Asian games.
Q 8) As a golfer, who did you look up to in your growing years? What are your future goals and ambitions and how do you plan to achieve them?
As a kid I looked up to the one and only Tiger Woods. He has inspired me and is still inspiring me. The way he looks at the game, the way his mental strength is, the never give up mentality, he is an army kid, I'm an army kid. He was never the biggest on the field, he was never the strongest on the field but he worked for it and I relate to him personally because I feel I am on the same path and I feel what Tiger has done for the sport is just inexpressible. It's my goal to try and bring a change in the sport. That would be the ultimate goal of a golfer. If I can bring a change in the sport or I can motivate somebody or inspire the children in my city or my country just to think that one day they can become like Yuvraj Singh Sandhu or become a golfer of that level. I feel that will be my ultimate achievement and goal if I look back and see that I have inspired and motivated people just to be a better athlete and to be a world champion. To achieve that, I will try to work really really hard and play as many tournaments as I can. I'm planning to go to Europe in January. The Indian tour will resume in August and will go on till December but there's going to be a break from March. Hence, from January to March I'm going to Europe to put myself out there and actually test myself with the best players in the world. I'm training really hard and really smart, I have the best team and I feel I should be there sometime soon.