Golf: Harendra Gupta fires 67 for five-shot win in PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit

By Harpal Singh Bedi/NetIndian News Network

Faridabad, July 25, 2019

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta shot a superb  five-under 67 last round to chalk out a five-stroke win at the Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Tour event at the Aravalli Golf Course here on Thursday.
Gupta (70-64-67), who totaled 15-under 201 for the week, bagged his 10th title on Thursday. It was his first win in three years.
Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane (70-70-66) fired the day’s joint best score of six-under 66 to finish runner-up at 10-under 206. His second-place finish propelled him into the lead in the PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit.
The winner, leading by four shots going into the final round, brought all his experience to the fore on Thursday as he made an eagle, four birdies and a bogey. Playing without any pressure, he managed to drive home the advantage that he had gained in the previous round. After a birdie on the third, he drove the par-4 green on the eighth and chipped in from 30 yards for an eagle-two. It was his third eagle-two in two days.
Harendra made his only bogey of the day on the 10th but then roared back with three more birdies on the 11th, 16th and 17th. He drove the par-4 16th green to set up a two-putt birdie and sank putts from a range of 15 to 20 feet on the 11th and 17th.
“I just built on the momentum from yesterday. It’s been a terrific week. I made four eagles and four chip-ins this week. The second round of eight-under 64 was one of my best in recent times. It served as a huge confidence-booster," Gupta said after the win.
“Today I didn’t feel any pressure as such. I struck the ball really well and drove two of the par-4 greens. I’ve won after a long time and, hopefully, this win will give me the much-needed self-belief to get my game back on track.”
Mane, who was overnight tied-seventh, climbed five spots to second place on day three courtesy his 66 that included seven birdies and a bogey. He drained a 20-footer for birdie on the 17th. It was his third runner-up finish on the Feeder Tour. He had finished fourth at last week’s Feeder Tour event at Chhawla. His consistency on the tour so far this year has given him the lead in the Feeder Tour Order of Merit.
Delhi’s Sachin Baisoya (72) took third place at five-under 211. Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan (72) shared the fourth place along with Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (66) and Pune’s Sagar Raghuvanshi (66) at four-under 212. Ramesh Kumar (70), the other Faridabad golfer in the fray, finished tied-seventh at three-under 213.

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