Gurugram-based Manu Gandas lifted the 4th PGTI Trophy at the Chennai Open 2022 Golf Championship hosted by the Impiger Technologies and won the prize money of Rs 6 lakh on Friday.
The young player marched ahead to a convincing four-shot victory with a dazzling final day performance of five-under 67.
- The 26-year old young player marches ahead to a convincing four-shot victory with a dazzling final day performance of five-under 67.
- The golf match is hosted by Impiger Technologies & powered by Fruitnik Electro+
- Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja takes second place at 16-under 272 following his final round effort of 72.
- The two Chennai-based professionals, Sandeep Syal and S Prasanth, finished tied 49th at five-over 293 and tied 52nd at seven-over 295, respectively.
Gandas totalled 20-under 268 for the week at the Rs. 40-lakh prize money event to lift his fourth PGTI trophy and as a result bag a cheque of Rs 6,00,000. The 26-year-old from the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram, thus further consolidated himself in third position on the PGTI Order of Merit.
Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja took second place at 16-under 272 following his final round effort of 72.
The hot and humid conditions in the morning were once again followed by overcast conditions with a gentle breeze in the afternoon.
Manu Gandas (68-65-68-67), lying overnight second, one shot off the lead, began the final day in ideal fashion wi th a chip-in birdie on the first hole. Gandas then cut out the errors and kept himself in play to make pars all the way till the eighth. Manu added his second birdie on the ninth where he rolled in a 10-footer after a poor chip.
On the back-nine, Gandas missed some up and downs but managed to extend his lead with some excellent put ting, making birdie conversions from a range of 20 to 30 feet on the 13th and 16th holes. Manu finally found the par-5 18th green in two and two-putted for a closing birdie to capture his third title of the year.
Commenting on the win, Manu said, “The most important things for me over the last one year have been identi fying my shortcomings and the consistency with which I’ve followed my processes. Importantly, I took a month off from the game during the mid-season break to fully recover from my injuries and that really helped at the end.”
“My driving and tee shots were the best aspect of my game this week. Today my wedge shots were not great but they kept me in play. I did well with the longer putts in the final round. I didn’t look at the leaderboard on day fo ur but instead just focused on my target which was a total of 20-under. I finally managed to achieve it,” he added.
The two Chennai-based professionals, Sandeep Syal and S Prasanth, finished tied 49th at five-over 293 and tied 52nd at seven-over 295, respectively.