Jamshedpur, Dec 17 (PTI) Sri Lankan Anura Rohana returned with a clinical two-under-69 in the final round to cruise to a four-shot victory at the 16th TATA Open here today. Also Read - Delhi: 5 injured in Fire at JJ Camp Locality, Rescue Operations Underway
At the Rs. 1 crore event, Rohana totalled 19-under-265 for the week to grab his second title of the season at the pristine Golmuri Golf Course. Also Read - Coronavirus: Another Day of Low Spike in Delhi, 1,246 New Cases Today
The quintet of Kolkata-based golfers Viraj Madappa (66) and Raju Ali Mollah (70), Gurgaon’s Manu Gandas (68), Delhi’s Shamim Khan (69) and Noida’s Vikrant Chopra (69) finished joint runners-up at 15-under-269. Also Read - COVID Patients With no Facility at Home Should Visit Govt Centre, Says Delhi LG; Revokes Earlier Order
The 44-year-old Rohana 69-61-66-69), the overnight leader by three shots, marched to his fifth PGTI title after driving home the advantage on the final day with five birdies against two bogeys.
Rohana, who won his fifth PGTI title along with a winning cheque of Rs. 15 lakh on Sunday, never looked in any sort of trouble on day four. Despite a bogey on the first hole he kept his lead with pars on the next seven and a birdie on the ninth.
Rohana, who won on the PGTI in Pune earlier this year, went into attacking mode on the back-nine in order to build on his lead. He almost holed his approach from 45 yards for eagle on the 10th where he finally picked a tap-in birdie.
A couple of quality birdie chip-putts on the 12th and 16th saw him home despite a couple of bogeys on the back-nine.
Rohana, who has now moved up from 12th to third in the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I began the day looking for a round of four to five under and was quite aggressive on the back-nine. That did the trick for me. The birdie on the 10th was the highlight of my round.
“I’m delighted with this win as it gives me a chance to contend for the PGTI Order of Merit title. I began the year with a top-5 finish on the money list on my mind. I’ve almost achieved that goal.
“I now go to the season-ending event in Kolkata with loads of confidence as my ball-striking, chipping and putting are in great shape. It’s also terrific to emulate my countryman Mithun Perera who had also won the TATA open few years back.”
As a result of his joint runner-up finish this week, Shamim Khan extended his lead in the PGTI Order of Merit to about Rs. 5 lakh over second placed Udayan Mane of Bengaluru.
Shamim’s season earnings read Rs. 46,27,983.
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