Gujarat Open: Karandeep Kochhar seals come-from-behind win

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No 2 on the PGTI order of merit last season, Karandeep Kochhar started 2022 with a win at the Gujarat Open.

Karandeep Kochhar carrying forward his rich vein of form from last season, lifted the title on a dramatic final day at the Gujarat Open at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club in Ahmedabad.

Karandeep (64-75-69-70), who was overnight tied fourth and two off the lead, came from behind with a steady two-under 70 on Day Four to sign off with a 10-under 278 total and wrap up his fourth title at the Rs 40 lakh event.

Arjun Prasad (73-65-70-71), who like his friend Karandeep was also overnight tied fourth, came within striking range of his maiden title before narrowly missing out. The Delhi golfer totaled nine-under 279 following a final round of 71 to secure his second runner-up finish on the PGTI.


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Ranjit Singh of Chandigarh, the joint overnight leader, submitted a card of 74 to claim third place at eight-under 280.

M Dharma and Kapil Kumar, the other two joint leaders after Round Three, shot scores of 75 to end the week in tied fourth place at seven-under 281.

Twenty-two-year-old Karandeep, who secured second place on the PGTI Order of Merit last year courtesy his two wins, made a slow start with two birdies and two bogeys on the front-nine as his approach shot on the eighth was the highlight having landed within six feet to set up a birdie.

Karandeep kept himself in contention with birdies from tough spots on the 12th and 14th, both par-5s. The 15th was probably the turning point as he again got out of trouble with a chip-in for birdie even as his nearest rival and playing partner Arjun, fresh from a run of four birdies between the 10th and 14th, missed a 12-footer for birdie.

Twenty-three-year-old Arjun, who has grown up playing alongside Karandeep before both players turned professional in the same season in 2017, missed a short three-feet putt for par on the 18th that could’ve taken the match into a playoff.

Karandeep said, “Nothing can be better than starting a season with a win. Winning here at Kalhaar proves to me that my hitting is right up there since this course always requires good ball-striking. I put in a lot of work with my coach before the season when he asked me to trust my swing. All that work seems to be paying off now.


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“After a slow start to the day I knew I was still in it as there were a couple of par-5s on the back-nine to capitalize on. I managed to score on those par-5s and added another birdie with a chip-in on the 15th that further lifted my confidence.

“On the last hole, I was mentally prepared for a playoff after dropping a bogey but got a little lucky when Arjun too missed his par putt.

“Playing well in the windy conditions on the Asian Tour prior to this week was immensely helpful in preparing me for this event as Kalhaar too offers similar conditions.”


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Ranjit, searching for his maiden title, was leading by two shots till the 12th hole. However, he dropped a quadruple-bogey (8) on the par-4 13th to slip out of contention.

Kartik Sharma produced the day’s best score of 68 to finish tied 10th at two-under 286.

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