Calcutta: City-lad Rahil Gangjee cantered to a six-stroke win at the PGTI Players Championship after a rock-solid performance in the final round, on Friday.
Gangjee returned a clinical two-under 70 in the fourth round to card an impressive total of 13-under 275 at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Chandigarh’s Sujjan Singh claimed the tied second position along with Bangladesh’s Mohammed Zamal Hossain Mollah as both totalled seven-under 281.
Gangjee (67-71-67-70), the overnight leader by three strokes, was in control throughout the day. The 35-year-old hit his drive to the right on the second but managed to salvage a birdie after a good third shot and a 10-feet conversion on the green.
Gangjee, known to be a proficient horse-rider, extracted another birdie from a tough situation on the 13th where he landed his second shot in the bunker. He got out of trouble on the 13th with a decent bunker shot and another 10-feet birdie putt.
The only blemish on Gangjee’s card was the bogey on the 15th as he found the trees on two occasions. The man from the Royal Calcutta Golf Club finally sealed his fourth professional title after a par-save on the 17th and an eight-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
This happens to be Gangjee’s third title on the domestic circuit. Gangjee also has a win on the Asian Tour that he achieved back in 2004 in China.
“I hit some solid shots through the day. The intensity was there till the end and I didn’t let go of any chances. I knew I had it in the bag after my closest competitor Zamal bogeyed the 15th. It’s great to win after such a long gap,” said Gangjee, who ended a five-year victory drought.