Shiv Kapur, Veer Ahlawat lie Tied-9th in Phuket
Phuket, Nov 27 (Golf news) India's Shiv Kapur flew on the wings of a fine eagle and two birdies against two bogeys for a five-under 67 that carried him into the Top-10 at the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship here on Saturday.
He was Tied-9th, the same as young Veer Ahlawat, who also had an eagle – though on Par-5 15th as against Kapur's eagle on Par-5 ninth.
Veer also had five birdies and two bogeys and moved up to nine-under.
Chinese-Taipei's Chan Shih-chang put himself into position to move to 14-under after a round of 68 as did Sihwan Kim.
They both carded four-under-par 68s on the Canyon Course at Blue Canyon Country Club to move to 14 under par for the USD 1 million event, that marks the resumption of the Asian Tour following a 20-month break caused by COVID-19.
Of the other Indians, Karandeep Kochhar (69) was eight-under and Tied-13th, while Aadil Bedi (71) was T-40, S Chikkarangappa (73) was T-50, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Viraj Madappa were T-60th, Khalin Joshi was T-67th and veteran Jeev Milkha Singh and Aman Raj were T-71.
Overnight leader Sadom Kaewkanjana from Thailand shot 72 to lie in third place two behind, while a further shot back are Australian Scott Hend (65), Joohyung Kim from Korea (69) and American John Catlin (72).
Chan has two Asian Tour titles to his name, which both came in 2016 first in the King's Cup, here in Thailand, and then the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan. He is also a six-time winner on the Asian Development Tour ‒ the last of those coming in 2018.
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Kshitij take one-shot lead into final round at ICC RCGC Golf C'ships
Kolkata, Nov 27 (Golf news) Delhi's Kshitij Naveed Kaul produced a dogged two-under 70 to carry a slender one-shot lead into the final round of the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship here on Saturday.
Angad Cheema and Ankur Chadha were a close second and third respectively after the third round of the tournament.
However, there was daylight between the top three and the rest of the field at the Rs. 40 lakh event being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) here.
The 20-year-old Kshitij, the halfway leader by two shots, managed to keep his nose ahead in round three as he fired three birdies and a bogey that took his total to 12-under 204.
Panchkula's Angad (68-68-69), lying overnight second, narrowed the gap between himself and the leader to just one shot after his round of 69 that featured four birdies and a bogey.
Gurugram's Ankur (68-69-69), who was third at the halfway stage, too carded a 69 punctuated by five birdies and two bogeys, to keep himself in the fray.
While Kshitij and Angad are in search of their second title, Ankur will look to take a shot at his maiden title.
Sunit Chowrasia (71) was the highest-placed Kolkata golfer in tied fourth at six-under 210. Last week's winner Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (72) of Chandigarh joined Sunit in tied fourth position.
Greater Noida-based Arjun Sharma returned the day's best card of 67 to be placed 15th at two-under 214.
Defending champion Mithun Perera (73-73-74) of Sri Lanka was tied 32nd at four-over 220.
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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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He is not bowling so can we call him all-rounder? asks Kapil on Hardik Pandya
Kolkata, Nov 26 (Cricket News) Legendary former India captain Kapil Dev on Friday asked whether Hardik Pandya can be called an all-rounder given that he has not been bowling as much as the role demands.
A vital cog in India's scheme of things in white-ball cricket, the flamboyant Pandya bowled in just two matches in the recent T20 World Cup where India went out in the group stage itself.
He is also under fire for not revealing the extent of his several fitness issues and was dropped from the home T20 series against New Zealand, which India won 3-0.
"He has to do both the jobs to be considered an all-rounder. He is not bowling so can we call him all-rounder? Let him bowl, he has come out from the injury," Kapil said at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course here.
"He is an extremely important batter to the country, for bowling he has to play a lot more matches, perform and bowl and then we will say," added India's first World Cup-winning captain.
Kapil also predicted that Rahul Dravid the coach will be a bigger success than the immensely accomplished Dravid the cricketer.
Dravid began his new innings as the Indian team's head coach in the ongoing series against New Zealand, a post he has been given till the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
"He's a good man, a good cricketer. He will do a better job as a coach than as a cricketer because in cricket nobody has done better than him. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed," Kapil said.
Dravid earlier served as the head of National Cricket Academy and was also the coach of India's Under-19 and A teams, nurturing several young talents who went on to represent the country with distinction.
Talking about Dravid as the chief coach, Kapil further said: "You can't just judge one after his debut, you don't go by one performance. Over a period of time, what Rahul will do, we will come to know. You only think positive." The 62-year-old was here as the Board member of Professional Golf Tour of India that is conducting the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship.
Asked about his favourite all-rounders, Kapil named Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
"I just go to watch cricket these days and enjoy the game. I don't see from your perspective. My job is to enjoy the sport.
"I would say Ashwin, hats off to him," he said, adding Jadeja's name.
Kapil, however, rued that Jadeja's bowling has not been at its best of late.
"Jadeja... What a fabulous cricketer he is, but unfortunately he improved as a batter and come down as a bowler to me.
"When he started, he was a far better bowler but now he's a far better batter. Every time India needs him, he will get runs. But he's not performing as a bowler," Kapil said.
The former India captain also hailed Shreyas Iyer for his debut century in the ongoing first Test against the Black Caps.
"When any youngster makes a hundred on debut, it means the sport is going in the right direction. We need cricketers like him.
"He waited for almost four-five years to play for India. Finally he got a chance and came out with flying colours," he concluded.
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Flawless Hitaashee sets course record as Amandeep, Seher lead 13th leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 25 (Golf news) Hitaashee Bakshi shot one of the best rounds of the season with a ladies course record of seven-under 65 in the second round of the 13th Leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour at Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club here on Thursday.
The round also made up for the somewhat listless 75 she had scored on the first day.
While the sensational round of 65 took Hitaashee to tied third place, Amandeep Drall, the leader on the Hero Order of Merit, carded five-under 67 and moved to the top of the leaderboard.
Amandeep shared the lead with Seher Atwal (69) at five-under 139.
Hitaashee is sharing the third place with sister Jahanvi, who has held the spotlight this season with three wins. Jahanvi shot 68 and was four-under 140.
Saaniya Sharma (70) and Vani Kapoor (74), who sizzled on the back nine on the first day in her round of 67, were at three-under 141 in fifth place.
Pranavi Urs (71) shot a score similar to her first round effort to be two-under 142.
With seven players within three shots of each other, the final round promises to be a cliff-hanger.
Amandeep Drall was bogey free on the front nine with four birdies and added two more on back nine while giving away one bogey in her 67.
Seher opened with two birdies and closed with three in a row and in between dropped shots on seventh and 11th for her 69.
The toast of the day was Hitaashee, who after a lacklustre start to the week, was in stunning form.
She had three birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine as she closed birdie-birdie. She fed on the momentum as she had back-to-back birdies three times during the day.
Jahanvi was also bogey free like her sister but she had only two birdies on either side of the course, which yielded seven cards under the par on the second day.
With Amandeep, Seher and Hitaashee in the lead group and the next group ahead of them having Vani Kapoor, Saaniya Sharma and Jahanvi Bakshi, the stage is set for a tight finish.
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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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Vani lands 5 birdies on back nine to take 3-shot lead in 13th Leg of WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 24 (Golf news) Vani Kapoor was in electric form on the back nine with five birdies over the last seven holes as she blazed to 5-under 67 and took a three-shot lead at the end of the first round of the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
Vani, who has been searching for a win for quite some time, was even par for the front nine with one bogey on sixth which was compensated for by a birdie on ninth at the Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club here.
Seher Atwal also had a good back nine with three birdies after being one-over for the front nine and was sole second.
Two others, Saaniya Sharma and Pranavi Urs carded 1-under 71 each for Tied-third, while Amandeep Drall and last week’s winner Jahanvi Bakshi shot even par 72 each and were Tied-fifth.
Asmitha Sathish, with three closing birdies, carded 73 and was seventh, while Neha Tripathi had a 74 with no birdies and was Tied-eighth with Ridhima Dilawari who carded two birdies in the first three holes but struggled thereafter and had no more birdies.
Oviya Reddi, Khushi Khanijau, Hitaashee Bakshi and Shweta Mansingh were all Tied-10th with cards of 75 each.
Playing steady, Vani navigated the front nine carefully and was all fire on the back nine.
Seher, too, was rather quiet on the front stretch before picking three birdies against no bogeys on the return journey.
With four players in the sub-par territory, it should be a close fight over the next two days.
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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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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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