20 yr old Kshitij wins again on PGTI

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Kshitij Naveed Kaul receives the winner’s cheque and trophy from Mr. Mehul Mohanka, Senior Vice President, ICC. The other dignitaries in the picture (L – R) are His Excellency Mr. Nakamura Yutaka, Consul General of Japan, Mr. Ajay Kumar Mishra, Chief Marketing, Industrial Products & Projects, TATA Steel, Mr. Prashant Jalan, Executive Committee Member, ICC, Mr. Rohan Ghosh, Captain, RCGC, His Excellency Mr. Nick Lowe, British Deputy High Commissioner & Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI

The strapping 6 foot 3 inch tall, 20-year-old Kshitij Kaul from New Delhi showed he can fulfil the promise he showed as a teenager by winning his 2nd pro title at the ICC RCGC Open in Kolkata with scores of  69-65-70-72 (12-under 276) .

Kshitij, who’s slightly unconventional swing is based on the theory of The Golfing Machine,by Homer Kelley, followed by current PGA Tour long hitting sensation, Bryson DeChambeau, had recorded a top 10 finish on the PGTI at age 14, back in 2015 at The Oxford Western India Open. 

Kshitij entered the final round with a one-shot lead and kept his nerve despite a strong challenge from Gurgaon’s Ankur Chadha who shot a 71 to finish 2nd at 11-under 277 his career-best so far.

Kshitij’s last win came in April 2019 at the Pune Open when he shot 69-67-66-67 (15-under 259), to win the title. 

Kshitij said, “I wanted to go as low as I could but I made a few mistakes today. Nonetheless, I made some good short putts and managed to pull off birdies from tough spots. I recovered really well from the rough and the bunker on more than one occasion and that too at key moments.

“Even when my lead came down to just one shot, I didn’t change anything and continued to play in my natural aggressive style. Just before making the winning putt, a four-footer for par, I was mindful of the fact that in Pune too I made a four-feet conversion to win back in 2019. So I addressed the ball with that positive thought.

“I’ve been pretty consistent this season and this win is a result of that consistency,” added Kaul, who took home the winning cheque worth 6,46,600 to move up from 19th place to 14th position in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Kshitij will now get a chance to go back to the scene of his first victory as the PGTI is headed to the Pune Open at Poona Club from Dec. 1-4.

Photo – PGTI

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