Yuvraj Sandhu
Yuvraj Sandhu

Yuvraj Sandhu fires sensational 64 to retain title, Arjun Sharma finishes runner-up

Digboi (Assam), November 19, 2022

Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Sandhu fired a stunning eight-under 64 to retain his title with a two-shot win at the Rs. 75-lakh IndianOil Servo Masters at the Digboi Golf Links here on Saturday.

Yuvraj (63-70-74-64), who had also won his maiden PGTI title here last year, totaled 17-under 271 for the week and with this win he now has eight professional titles to his name including six on the PGTI’s main tour.

The winning cheque worth Rs. 11,25,000 took his earnings for the season to Rs. 62,39,768 thus extending his lead in the PGTI Order of Merit to over Rs. 11 lakh over second-placed Manu Gandas who has four titles to his credit this season.

Arjun Sharma (66-68-70-69) of Greater Noida, the overnight leader by one shot, secured his second runner-up finish of the season after he shot a final round of 69 to total 15-under 273 for the week. Arjun, as a result, climbed from 28th to 19th place in PGTI’s money list.

Yashas Chandra M S of Mysuru shot a 66 to claim tied third place at 13-under 275 along with Sri Lankan N Thangaraja (67). Pune’s Udayan Mane took fifth place at 12-under 276.

Yuvraj , who was the leader for the first two rounds before slipping to tied fourth and three shots off the lead after round three, came out firing on all cylinders with a flawless 64 on Saturday that featured four birdies each on the front-nine and back-nine.

Yuvraj’s ball-striking, the best aspect of his game through the week, stood out for him once again in round four as he found the edges of a couple of par-4 greens with his tee shots and a couple of par-5 greens with his approach shots to set up chip-putt birdies there. He also sank a 15-footer on the 13th and was two-on on the par-5 15th making birdies on both occasions.

“I started cold today but after the front-nine saw an opportunity for myself. Last year I played the hottest back-nine of my career on the final day here. I was running that performance through my mind on repeat when I was playing the back-nine. That helped my cause," the winner said, adding, “I’m pleased to be leading the PGTI Order of Merit at this stage and look forward to maintaining my position with just three events to go in the season now.”

Arjun Sharma mixed five birdies with two bogeys on day four to bag second place.

Yashas Chandra sank an eagle on the seventh and four other birdies during his error-free round that lifted him nine spots from his overnight tied 12th. N Thangaraja made seven birdies and two bogeys during his final round of 67.

Gurugram’s Manu Gandas ended tied 29th at three-under 285. He continues to be placed second in the PGTI rankings. Dulal Kalowar, the only local professional to make the cut, closed the week in 58th place at 10-over 298.

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