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Monday, 21 December 2020

Three city golfers in top 15 of Tata Steel Championship

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20

Gaganjeet Bhullar, with a hard-fought 4-under-68, won the Tata Steel Tour Championship in Jamshedpur today. Bhullar, who totalled an outstanding 24-under-264 for the week, collected his 10th trophy on the PGTI and first in nine years on the tour.

The final round of the Rs 1.5-crore event witnessed an absorbing contest as Kapurthala's Bhullar (32), Bengaluru's Chikkarangappa and Khalin Joshi, Kolkata's SSP Chawrasia and Noida's Amardeep Malik were all in the lead or joint lead at different stages.

Karandeep Kochhar

Chikkarangappa ended the week as the runner-up after his fourth round of 68 moved his total to 22-under-266. Chikka's second place finish lifted him from 11th to second position in the PGTI Order of Merit. Joshi (69) finished third at 21-under-267, Kolkata's Rahil Gangjee, who fired the day's best score of 67, took tied-4th at 20-under-268 along with Chawrasia (72). Malik (73), the joint third round leader along with Bhullar and Chawrasia, closed the week in sixth place at 19-under-269.

Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu claimed eighth spot, Aadil Bedi finished at 10th and Karandeep Kochhar 14th.

Aadil Bedi

Bhullar (69-63-64-68), a winner of 10 international titles with victories on both the European Tour and Asian Tour, brought all his experience into play by coming through despite dropping five shots (three bogeys and a double-bogey) in the final round.

Bhullar was two behind Chikka and Joshi after 15 holes but the match turned on its head when he chipped-in for eagle on the 16th and sank a 20-footer for birdie on the 17th. As Chikka and Joshi stumbled on the 18th with a bogey and double-bogey respectively, Bhullar went on to seal the title with a two-shot margin after a par on the final hole.

Gaganjeet took home the winning cheque worth Rs. 24,24,750 and is now likely to make major gains in the world ranking from his current 807th position having earned five Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points for his win on Sunday. Chandigarh's Sandhu (69) claimed eighth spot, Bedi with a score of 15 under finished 10th and Kochhar (72), who continues to lead the PGTI Order of Merit, finished 14th at 12-under-276.

from The Tribune

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