Pro Golf – PGTI :-
25-year-old Manu Gandas of Gurgaon shot rounds of 64-58-64-64 to win his first tour title at the Golconda Masters Telangana Open at HGA in Hyderabad.
Manu trains at the DLF Golf Academy, Gurgaon under coach Anitya Chand and turned pro in 2015 following a solid amateur career where he represented India several times. His previous best finish was 2nd place at the Glade One Masters in Ahmedabad this February.
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Manu who led the event after his 2nd round 58, took a five-shot lead into the final round over the trio of Chandigarh boy Yuvraj Sandhu, Chikkarangappa S. of Bangalore and Amardeep Malik of Noida. On the last day, Amardeep had closed the gap to just a stroke after 5 holes but faded thereafter as Gandas held his nerve.
PGTI rankings leader Karandeep Kocchar of Chandigarh who started the final round eight strokes behind Gandas, fired a 7-under 59 to finish solo second, three strokes behind the winner and consolidate his position at the top of the PGTI Rankings.
PGTI’s season opener at Hyderabad Golf Club (HGA) saw 129 professionals enter with only 52 making it to the weekend. The tour now moves to Chandigarh for the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship from Sep. 8-11 at Panchkula Golf Club amid a series of 10 scheduled tournaments.
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