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Om Prakash scores four-shot victory at Glade One Masters

Om Prakash scores four-shot victory at Glade One Masters
Ahmedabad–Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar kept his lead intact in the
PGTI Order of Merit after his tied eighth finish at six-under-210.
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh shot the day’s best score of six-under-66
to claim tied 11th position at five-under-211. Pune-based Udayan Mane,
India’s highest-ranked golfer in the world, shot a 69 to close the
event in tied 29th at one-over-217.
Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow dominated the final day’s
proceedings to win the Glade One Masters 2021 with a massive four-shot
margin at 17-under-199. Chouhan shot a five-under-67 at the
magnificent Glade One Golf Resort in Ahmedabad on Friday to make up
for his heartbreaking loss on the PGTI last week.
Gurugram’s Manu Gandas took second place at 13-under-203 after
firing a one-under-71 in the final round.The unique format for the
tournament was as follows. The first two rounds consisted of nine
holes each. The cut was applied after 18 holes. The third and fourth
rounds comprised 18 holes each. The tournament was played over a total
of 54 holes.
Om Prakash Chouhan (35-33-64-67), the overnight joint leader
along with Manu Gandas, was off to a flying start with birdies on the
second and third thanks to his accurate lob wedge approach shots that
left him short putts. Om Prakash all but ran away with the match after
his eagle-birdie on the eighth and ninth gave him a six-shot lead over
nearest rival Manu Gandas who was one-over at the turn.
Chouhan produced a magical pitching wedge shot from the
fairway bunker on the eighth for the second day in succession as he
once again found the hole from 115 yards and picked up an eagle-two
just like he had done in round three. The birdie on the ninth came as
a result of a 15-feet conversion.
Interestingly, ‘OP’ as Chouhan is fondly referred to by his
fellow professionals, had also dominated last week’s event at Kalhaar
Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad having led for the first three days.
However, a quadruple bogey after finding the water on the seventh hole
in the final round put paid to his chances last week and saw him
finish tied third.
The 34-year-old Chouhan said, “I’m relieved to have won
today especially after the disappointment of last week. I had told
myself at the start of this event that I will not repeat the mistakes
of last week. The previous week was one of the rare occasions when I
played in the leader group during the final round and did not win.
“I have now won six times while playing in the leader
group in round four. When I’m in a good position I generally don’t let
the opportunity slip away. But that didn’t happen last week so that
was a big lesson for me.
“I must thank Mr. Ragesh Vasa who is a leading amateur
golfer here in Ahmedabad for all his inputs about this course. He
played a round with me in Kalhaar after the tournament last week and
helped me regain my confidence by giving me some vital tips on how to
tackle the challenges posed by the Glade One Golf Resort course. He
helped me on all kinds of information about the Glade One course
including the layout, yardages, green speed and reading the line on
the greens. He was motivating me through my round today.
“I would also like to thank my wife Sheetal who gave me
a pep talk after I missed out on a win last week. It was my marriage
anniversary on the 24th of February and she said her biggest gift
would be my victory at Glade One.
“I attacked well at the start today and then tried to
play some conservative golf on the back-nine and tried to avoid
getting overconfident despite the big lead at the turn. I executed my
pitching wedge shot from the bunker to perfection for the second day
running. The yardage from there was somehow perfect for my shot as it
was about 115 yards out and almost in the same spot as round three.”
Chouhan’s sixth career win earned him a prize money
cheque of Rs.4,84,950 and lifted him from 23rd to 13th place in the
PGTI Order of Merit. He will now earn 3 Official World Golf Ranking
(OWGR) points for his win that is likely to push him up significantly
from his current world ranking of 823 when the updated rankings are
released on Monday.
Manu Gandas (35-30-67-71), the other overnight joint
leader, picked up six birdies on Friday but at the same time conceded
a bogey and two double-bogeys to post a 71. He did not pose any threat
to Chouhan during the round. However, he ended up matching his
previous best result on the PGTI with his runner-up finish.
Delhi’s Rashid Khan (69), Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan
(68) and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (69) took joint third place at
eight-under-208.
Among the three Ahmedabad-based professionals,
Shravan Desai took 31st place at two-over-218, Jay Pandya was tied
42nd at six-over-222 while Anshul Patel was placed tied 54th at
13-over-229.

YS.Rana: Principal Correspondent

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