PGTI Tata Open Golf Tournament Mukesh Kumar triumphs: City’s Yashas finishes tied fourth
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PGTI Tata Open Golf Tournament Mukesh Kumar triumphs: City’s Yashas finishes tied fourth

May 11, 2019

Mukesh Kumar’s experience prevails on the final day as he clinched the coveted title in the TATA Steel PGTI and claims first win at Panchkula, with a spectacular last round of seven-under-65, to have a aggregate card of 15-under-273.

Local favourite Angad Cheema’s final round heroics helped him finish second while Rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul fires week’s best 64 to clinch third place.

Mysuru lad and overnight leader M.S.Yashas Chandra (JWGC), returned with a card of 71 on the final day to finish joint fourth with a card of 11-under-277.

The experience of the seasoned Mukesh Kumar prevailed on the final day of the Rs. 30 lakh TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club as the 53-year-old from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, produced a spectacular and error-free last round of seven-under-65 to come through by one shot with a total of 15-under-273.

The old warhorse Mukesh (70-67-71-65), who has over 100 titles to his credit in a 35-year-long career, claimed a record 20th title on the TATA Steel PGTI on Friday and thus ended a two-year winless streak.

The former Asian Tour winner had secured his last victory at the PGTI Cochin Masters in Kochi in April 2017. It was also Mukesh’s first triumph at the Panchkula Golf Club. His winning cheque worth Rs.4,84,950 lifted him from 11th to fourth place in the PGTI Order of Merit. Panchkula’s Angad Cheema (67-67-75-65), who was playing at his home course, delivered an equally impressive 65 in round four to finish runner-up at 14-under-274.

Delhi-based teenager Kshitij Naveed Kaul, a recent winner on the PGTI, fired the tournament’s best round of 64 on Friday to clinch third place at 12-under-276.  Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (69), the only other player besides Mukesh Kumar to shoot four sub-par rounds this week, also finished tied fourth. Delhi’s Rashid Khan (68) was a further shot back in sixth.

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Another Mysuru lad I.L. Aalaap finished 42nd in the final placings with a card of three-over-291.

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