Chikka ends 2-yr ti­tle drought in Gol­conda

Deccan Chronicle - - Games - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Bengaluru’s S. Chikkarangappa pulled off a flaw­less six-un­der-65 in the fi­nal round to emerge tri­umphant by two shots at PGTI’s sea­son-opener, the `40-lakh Gol­conda Mas­ters Golf Cham­pi­onship 2019 that is backed by Te­lan­gana Tourism and In­cred­i­ble In­dia Chikkarangappa’s ca­reer­graph has been on the up­swing since Novem­ber when he ended a two-year long ti­tle­drought on the PGTI. He fol­lowed that up with a run­nerup fin­ish at an Asian Tour event in Mau­ri­tius that helped him seal his card in Asia.

The 25-year-old posted an­other sec­ond-place fin­ish at the PGTI’s sea­so­nend­ing event in De­cem­ber. His 12th ca­reer win achieved at the Hy­der­abad Golf Club (HGC) on Satur­day only con­tin­ues his golden run. Patna’s Aman Raj pro­duced the best round of

seven-un­der-64 on the last day to fin­ish joint run­nerup at 18-un­der-266 along with Bengaluru’s M. Dharma (69).

Go­ing into the fi­nal round, Chikkarangappa (65-64-7065) was ly­ing tied sec­ond and two off the lead but en­joyed a day as bright as his or­ange trousers. He had a roar­ing start, land­ing his sec­ond shots within four feet on the first and sec­ond to score birdies on both holes and take the early lead even as overnight leader Dharma dropped a bo­gey on the sec­ond.

He sub­se­quently added two more birdies on the eighth and ninth, both be­ing tap-ins. An­other fruit­ful spell came about with birdies on the 11th and 12th where the two-time Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT) win­ner knocked in his long­est putts of the day from nine feet and 15 feet re­spec­tively.

Chikkarangappa then made pars all the way till the end for a clin­i­cal fin­ish as his near­est ri­vals strug­gled to catch up. He picked up five world rank­ing points in the first ever PGTI event to be part of the Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing (OWGR) sys­tem. Chikkarangappa also leads the PGTI Or­der of Merit with earn­ings of `6,46,600 from the sea­son-opener.

Chikkarangappa said, “I had an out­stand­ing week with 28 birdies. I at­tribute my per­for­mance to my muchim­proved ball-strik­ing. My tee shots and ap­proach shots were ter­rific.”

S. Chikkarangappa with the win­ner’s tro­phy.

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