Lahiri scorches course in PGTI Players victory
Sunday, February 13, 2011
KOLKATA, India – Anirban Lahiri didn’t let up Friday at the Aircel PGTI Players Championship.
Leading by three shots overnight, Lahiri shot 64 in the final round to win the Professional Golf Tour of India event at Tollygunge Golf Club. The Bangalorean’s four-round total of 18-under 262 tied the course record set by Mukesh Kumar.
Eight shots behind, veteran Jyoti Randhawa and rookie Rashid Khan tied for second at 270.
Lahiri converted putts from 10 and 15 feet for birdies on the fourth and fifth holes, respectively. The Asian Tour regular carded an eagle on the par-5 seventh after his 7-iron approach shot landed 6 feet from the hole.
The 23-year-old increased his lead with another birdie on the 10th. A brilliant sand-wedge shot set up Lahiri’s final birdie of the day, on the 12th. He parred the final six holes to seal his sixth professional victory, which propelled him to No. 2 on the PGTI Rolex Rankings.
“I posted good scores on all four days, and I had some rhythm going in my putting through the week,” Lahiri said. “My hitting was the best in the final round. I hit a lot of greens and didn’t have to scramble much. I was a little rusty after a break until last week, but now I seem to be back in my groove.
“This win serves as a great boost for the rest of the season. It gives me a lot of momentum going forward.”
Rahil Gangjee finished fourth at 271, while Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Mukesh Kumar and Vinod Kumar shared fifth place at 272.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, seeking a fourth consecutive win, secured eighth place at 273. Bhullar won the Gujarat Kensville Challenge, the first European Challenge Tour event in India, the Bangladesh Open and last week’s PGTI Players Championship at Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
Vivek Bhandari, who finished T-10 at 275, had a hole-in-one on the second hole during the final round en route to a 68.