Resilient Om Prakash Chouhan dominates final day’s proceedings, makes up for last week’s heartbreak with massive four-shot victory at Glade One Masters 2021
Ahmedabad, February 27, 2021: Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow dominated the final day’s proceedings to win the Glade One Masters 2021 with a massive four-shot margin at 17-under-199. Chouhan shot a five-under-67 at the magnificent Glade One Golf Resort in Ahmedabad on Friday to make up for his heartbreaking loss on the PGTI last week.
Gurugram’s Manu Gandas took second place at 13-under-203 after firing a one-under-71 in the final round.
The unique format for the tournament was as follows. The first two rounds consisted of nine holes each. The cut was applied after 18 holes. The third and fourth rounds comprised 18 holes each. The tournament was played over a total of 54 holes.
Om Prakash Chouhan (35-33-64-67), the overnight joint leader along with Manu Gandas, was off to a flying start with birdies on the second and third thanks to his accurate lob wedge approach shots that left him short putts. Om Prakash all but ran away with the match after his eagle-birdie on the eighth and ninth gave him a six-shot lead over nearest rival Manu Gandas who was one-over at the turn.
Chouhan produced a magical pitching wedge shot from the fairway bunker on the eighth for the second day in succession as he once again found the hole from 115 yards and picked up an eagle-two just like he had done in round three. The birdie on the ninth came as a result of a 15-feet conversion.
Interestingly, ‘OP’ as Chouhan is fondly referred to by his fellow professionals, had also dominated last week’s event at Kalhaar Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad having led for the first three days. However, a quadruple bogey after finding the water on the seventh hole in the final round put paid to his chances last week and saw him finish tied third.
The 34-year-old Chouhan said, “I’m relieved to have won today especially after the disappointment of last week. I had told myself at the start of this event that I will not repeat the mistakes of last week. The previous week was one of the rare occasions when I played in the leader group during the final round and did not win.
“I have now won six times while playing in the leader group in round four. When I’m in a good position I generally don’t let the opportunity slip away. But that didn’t happen last week so that was a big lesson for me.
“I must thank Mr. Ragesh Vasa who is a leading amateur golfer here in Ahmedabad for all his inputs about this course. He played a round with me in Kalhaar after the tournament last week and helped me regain my confidence by giving me some vital tips on how to tackle the challenges posed by the Glade One Golf Resort course. He helped me on all kinds of information about the Glade One course including the layout, yardages, green speed and reading the line on the greens. He was motivating me through my round today.
“I would also like to thank my wife Sheetal who gave me a pep talk after I missed out on a win last week. It was my marriage anniversary on the 24th of February and she said her biggest gift would be my victory at Glade One.
“I attacked well at the start today and then tried to play some conservative golf on the back-nine and tried to avoid getting overconfident despite the big lead at the turn. I executed my pitching wedge shot from the bunker to perfection for the second day running. The yardage from there was somehow perfect for my shot as it was about 115 yards out and almost in the same spot as round three.”
Chouhan’s sixth career win earned him a prize money cheque of Rs.4,84,950 and lifted him from 23rd to 13th place in the PGTI Order of Merit. He will now earn 3 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points for his win that is likely to push him up significantly from his current world ranking of 823 when the updated rankings are released on Monday.
Manu Gandas (35-30-67-71), the other overnight joint leader, picked up six birdies on Friday but at the same time conceded a bogey and two double-bogeys to post a 71. He did not pose any threat to Chouhan during the round. However, he ended up matching his previous best result on the PGTI with his runner-up finish.
Delhi’s Rashid Khan (69), Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan (68) and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (69) took joint third place at eight-under-208.
Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar kept his lead intact in the PGTI Order of Merit after his tied eighth finish at six-under-210.
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh shot the day’s best score of six-under-66 to claim tied 11th position at five-under-211.
Pune-based Udayan Mane, India’s highest ranked golfer in the world, shot a 69 to close the event in tied 29th at one-over-217.Among the three Ahmedabad-based professionals, Shravan Desai took 31st place at two-over-218, Jay Pandya was tied 42nd at six-over-222 while Anshul Patel was placed tied 54th at 13-over-229.
Om Prakash Chouhan produces super 64, Manu Gandas shoots determined 67 as duo hold joint third round lead at Glade One Masters 2021
Ahmedabad, February 26, 2021: Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow produced a super eight-under-64 while Manu Gandas of the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram, shot a determined five-under-67, as the duo held the joint third round lead at 12-under-132, three shots head of the rest, at the Glade One Masters 2021 being played at the Glade One Golf Resort in Ahmedabad.
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema also fired a brilliant seven-under-65 to lie third at nine-under-135.
Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa, the winner on the PGTI last week, carded a 67 to be placed tied fourth at six-under-138 along with Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh who slipped two spots form his overnight second after returning a 72 on Thursday.
The unique format for the tournament is as follows. The first two rounds consisted of nine holes each. The cut was applied after 18 holes. The third and fourth rounds will now comprise 18 holes each. The tournament will be played over a total of 54 holes.
Om Prakash Chouhan (35-33-64), who led for three days at last week’s event in Ahmedabad before finally finishing third, is back in contention this week thanks to his standout performance on Thursday. Chouhan hit his sand wedge to perfection on day three as he landed it within five feet on five occasions to set up birdies.
Om Prakash, who was overnight tied third and three off the lead, also had two birdie conversions from 10 to 15 feet and a lone bogey but the highlight of his round was the eagle-two on the 17th where he holed out from the fairway bunker about 115 yards out.
The 34-year-old Chouhan said, “I was hitting my wedges really well from the start but on the back-nine my putting also began to click. The eagle was special as I read the yardage perfectly and executed the shot as I had planned.
“Looking ahead, I feel a four or five under in the final round would give me a really good chance. It will be important to reassess the situation at the turn. If it stays calm like today and there is no wind, I think I have a good chance of returning a four or five under. I’m keen to make up for last week when I stumbled in the final round.”
Manu Gandas (35-30-67), the overnight leader by one shot, mixed six birdies with a bogey in round three. Gandas made three long birdie conversions from a range of 10 to 25 feet. He was five-under through 14 holes but couldn’t make further gains on the last four holes.
Gandas said, “Importantly, I kept the momentum going today and didn’t really make any errors besides one three-putt for bogey on the 10th. It’s now necessary to just repeat the process that I have in place during the last round.”
Angad Cheema had eight birdies and a bogey during round three. Cheema holed some long putts at the start of his round and that earned him four straight birdies from the second to the fifth and got him going. Angad was also staring at a 64 had it not been for his three-putt bogey on the closing 18th.
Delhi’s Rashid Khan and rookie Harshjeet Singh Sethie, another Delhi-based golfer, posted scores of 66 to be tied sixth at five-under-139 along with PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar (67) of Chandigarh, Bengaluru’s M Dharma (68) and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (69).
Pune-based Udayan Mane, India’s highest ranked golfer in the world, shot a 75 to be tied 41st at four-over-148.
Among the three Ahmedabad-based professionals, Shravan Desai and Jay Pandya were both placed tied 46th at six-over-150 while Anshul Patel was placed 56th at 11-over-155.
જીજેજીટી સિઝન -2ની પ્રથમ એડીશનમાં 23 યુવાન ગોલ્ફર્સે ટીઓફફ કર્યું
અમદાવાદ, :શનીવારે બેલવેદર ગોલ્ફ એન્ડ કન્ટ્રી ક્લબમાં ગુજરાત જૂનિયર ગોલ્ફ ટુર (GJGT)ની સિઝન-2ની પ્રથમ એડીશનમાં 23 યુવા ચેમ્પિયને ટીઓફ્ફ કરીને પ્રારંભ કર્યો હતો.
માસ્ટર ઈશાન ચવાણ 15 થી 18 વર્ષની વયના છોકરાઓના ગ્રુપમાં અંડર 3(69 સ્ટ્રોક્સ) સાથે વિજેતા બન્યા હતા. માસ્ટર અક્ષત સિંઘ 13 થી 14 વર્ષની વયના છોકરાઓના ગ્રુપમાં વિજેતા બન્યા હતા તથા માસ્ટ શાન અમીન રનર્સઅપ બન્યા હતા.
માસ્ટર અંશ જોબનપુત્રા છોકરાઓના 12 થી 11 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં વિજેતા બન્યા હતા, જ્યારે માસ્ટર કેનીલ પટેલ રનર્સ અપ બન્યા હતા. માસ્ટર શૌર્ય પરીખ 10 થી 9 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં માસ્ટર આર્યન મંગોતરા કરતાં બહેતર દેખાવ કરી શક્યા હતા. 8 થી 7 વર્ષન વયના જૂથમાં માસ્ટર આર્નવ પટેલ વિજેતા બન્યા હતા, જ્યારે અરહાન અમીન રનર્સ અપ બન્યા હતા.
છોકરીઓમાં 15 થી 18 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં મિસ. અગ્રીમા મનરાલ વિજેતા બન્યા હતા, જ્યારે 13 થી 14 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં મન્નત સનગાર બન્યા હતા.
મીસ. માહીકા અધિકારી 12 થી 11 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં વિજેતા બન્યા હતા, જ્યારે મીસ વેરુષ્કા શાહ રનર્સ અપ બન્યા હતા. મીસ સીયા મલ્હોત્રા, મીસ યાઝીની રાજે અને મીસ અનીષ્કા વર્મા અનુક્રમે 10, 8 થી 9 અને 7 થી 6 વર્ષની વય જૂથમાં વિજેતા બન્યા હતા.
GJGT ની બીજી એડીશન ગ્લેડ વન ખાતે 22 ફેબ્રુઆરીના રોજ યોજાશે.
ઈન્ટરનેશનલ જુનિયર ગોલ્ફ ટુર તા.27 થી 29 માર્ચના રોજ વર્લ્ડ સ્ટાર ચેમ્પિયનશીપ બાય શોન ફોલી ખાતે કુર્ગ ખાતે કુર્ગ ગોલ્ફ લીંક્સ ખાતે યોજાશે. ધ વર્લ્ડ સ્ટાર ચેમ્પીયનશીપ લાસ વેગાસમાં જુલાઈ 14 થી 16 દરમ્યાન યોજાશે.
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