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Mukesh notches up season’s 7th win

Calcutta: Mukesh Kumar won the inaugural Rs 10 lakh Tata Steel Open golf tournament on the final day at the Beldih and Golmuri golf courses here on Sunday to take his title tally this season to a handsome seven.

According to information received here, Mukesh managed a three-under 73 despite a double bogey and a bogey in the closing stages. He finished with a four-day tally of four-under 278 to annexe his tenth title in the calendar year.

Following him was Ashok Kumar with a final tally of two under 280. Calcutta’s Rahil Gangjee was tied for third place with Chandigarh’s Amritinder Singh at even-par 282. Amit Khaitan was the winner in amateur category with a tally of 291, and was tied 11th place overall.

Mukesh recived Rs 1.62 lakh, while Ashok got Rs 1.12 lakh. Amrintinder and Gangjee were richer by Rs 57,000 each.

Mukesh started off shakily at the Golmuri Club when he hit his tee shot out-of-bounds and wound up with a double bogey. He followed it with a bogey from the bunker on the second .

However, he found his rhythm soon and after parring the next four holes, made a 15-footer birdie putt on the seventh and was one-over at the turn.

Ashok fell back with a bogey on the seventh and a double bogey on the par-3 ninth, where his tee shot got stuck next to the wall.

At Beldih, however, Mukesh was on song from the moment he teed off. After missing close birdie putts on the tenth and 11th, he made birdies on the 12th and 13th, and the contest was virtually over with Gangjee bogeying on the 11th where he pushed his tee shot into the right jungle.

On the 14th, Mukesh made a double bogey after hitting his tee into the right jungle and his second into the hazard. On the 16th hole, he pushed his tee shot out-of-bound and ended up with a bogey. With two holes to go, his lead was down to two strokes. A steady Mukesh then parred the next two holes to win the tournament.

Results (after 72 holes):

278_Mukesh Kumar (71,69,65,73); 280_Ashok Kumar (69,68,72,71); 282_Rahil Gangjee (72,69,70,71), Amrintinder Singh (71,70,70,71); 284_Shamim Khan (75,68,72,69); 285_Inderjit Bhalotia (72,69,70,74); 288_Zai Kipgen (71,69,79,69), Devendra Patel (73,70,72,73); 290_Rohtas Singh (70,74,75,71), Yusuf Ali (72,75,71,72), 291_S.S.P. Chowrasia (75,70,74,72), Ajay Gupta (77,71,68,75). Amateurs: 291_Amit Khaitan (70,71,77,73).

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