25-year-old Honey Baisoya recorded a remarkable solitary bogey in 72 holes against 19 birdies at the scenic Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar to shoot a total of 18-under 270 with scores of 67-69-66-68 and claim his seventh professional title at the J&K Open 2021. The tournament was sponsored by J&K Tourism, to promote golf tourism at its spectacular courses in Srinagar, Pehalgam and Jammu.
Honey, who made his first bogey of the tournament on his 66th hole on the spectacular Robert Trent Jones designed course , started his final day four strokes ahead of the field and despite his challengers closing the gap to two , pulled away with 3 birdies in the final 5 holes for a final round 68 to claim his first title since 2018.
Veer Ahlawat recorded a 2nd consecutive runners up finish and eagled the par 4 11th while closing with a fine 66 which moved him to third on the PGTI Order of Merit with ₹28,18,221.
Honey, after struggling for most of the season, changed his putter and 2-iron the day before the event and earned ₹646,000 from the Rs 40 lac total purse as pro golf made a welcome return to Kashmir after a gap of some years.
Patna’s Aman Raj closed strongly with 12 birdies and only one bogey in his final 32 holes to jump into solo-third place followed by Om Prakash Chouhan and Angad Cheema at tied-4th.
The PGTI will now take a two week’s break and return to the hallowed Delhi Golf Club for the inaugural ₹50 lacs Tata Steel Players Championship presented by Delhi Golf Club from Oct. 5-8.
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