Chikka continues surge with triumph
Mumbai: Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S pulled out a flawless final round of sixunder-65 to outclass the rest of the field and emerge triumphant by two shots at 20-under-264 at the PGTI’S season-opening Rs40 lakh Golconda Masters Golf Championship 2019, powered by Telangana Tourism and Incredible India.
Patna’s Aman Raj produced the last day’s best round of seven-under-64 to finish joint runner-up at 18-under-266 along with Bengaluru’s M Dharma (69).
Chikkarangappa (65-64-7065), lying tied second and two short off the lead going into the final round, enjoyed a positive day.
He had a roaring start as he landed 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.
There was no looking back for Chikka from there on since he 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 winner knocked in his longest putts of the day from nine feet and 15 feet, respectively.
Chikka then made pars all the way till the end for a clinical finish as his nearest rivals struggled to catch up. The Asian Tour regular picked up five world ranking points in the first ever PGTI event to be part of the Official World Golf Ranking system. He also leads the PGTI Order of Merit with earnings of Rs6,46,600 from this event.
“I had an outstanding week with as many as 28 birdies,” Chikka said. “I attribute my performance to my much-improved ballstriking. My tee shots and approach shots were terrific today. I really wanted to finish well at the HGC as my previous best here had been 10th at the inaugural edition. That thought motivated me to give it my best today since I also knew that I will need a bogey-free effort.”
Chikka’s career graph has been on the upswing since he ended a two-year long titledrought on the PGTI in November last year. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at an Asian Tour event in Mauritius that helped him seal his card in Asia.
The 25-year-old then posted another second-place finish at the PGTI’S season-ending event in December.
Chikkarangappa S receives the trophy from Dr. Rajat Kumar, IAS, chief electoral officer, Telangana state and Mr. J Vikramdev Rao, president, HGA