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Lankan walks off with golf honours

Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera emerged winner of the 11th Tata Open Golf Tournament after firing a final round of one-under-70 on the concluding day on Sunday.

Perera, who totalled 11-under-274 for the tournament, finished one stroke ahead of Delhi’s Vinod Kumar, bagging the prize money of Rs 8,08,250.

Perera (65-72-67-70), the overnight leader, had a good start to the day as he birdied the second par-5 after landing his chip from the bunker within a couple of inches of the flag. He went on to make pars on all the other holes. Perera, who has now won three professional titles, made some amazing par saves on the seventh and 14th. He made outstanding chip-putts on the seventh and 14th.

“I hit it really well today. I was confident through the day and played regulation golf. My short-game was good in the final round, especially the putting. This win is a result of my hard work and dedication. I’m now looking forward to ending the season with an equally good performance at the season-ending event next week,” said Perera, who has now climbed from seventh place to fifth position on the 2012 Rolex Rankings.

Vinod Kumar (68-67-70-70), the defending champion, finished runner-up after firing a one-under-70 in the final round. Vinod’s round featured four birdies and three bogeys and helped him end the tournament with a total of 10-under-275.

Om Prakash Chouhan (69-68-68-71) of Mhow finished a further stroke back in third place.

Rashid Khan of Delhi and Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar shared fourth place at eight-under-277. Rashid has now climbed from second position to first place on the 2012 Rolex Rankings.

Karan Taunk of Jamshedpur, the lone amateur to make the cut, won the trophy for the best performance by an amateur. Taunk was placed tied 31st at four-over-289.

Managing director of Tata Steel H.M. Nerurkar, who gave away the prizes, said: “It’s good to see a large turnout for the day. The last four days have been great for golf in Jamshedpur with lot of international participation and will definitely help increase the golfing standards of the city. I congratulate Perera for winning the 11th edition of the tournament.”

On Sunday, the entire field played nine holes each on both the courses at Beldih as well as Golmuri.

While one half of the field teed off from Beldih, the other half began its round from Golmuri Golf Course. Thirty golfers with the best scores at the end of round three teed off from Golmuri and finished at Beldih. The par for the combined courses was 71.


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