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J&K Open 2022: Yuvraj Singh Sandhu stamps his authority with resounding seven-shot win

Jammu, Sep 10 (IANS) Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh stamped his authority with a resounding seven-shot win at the Rs. 40 lakh J&K Open 2022 golf tournament played at the Jammu Tawi Golf Course.

Yuvraj (69-70-65-71), the overnight leader by four shots, shot a steady one-under 71 in the last round to take his total for the tournament to 13-under 275 and claim his fourth career win and third title of this season. Sandhu, who bagged the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 6 lakh, consolidated himself in the second position on the PGTI Order of Merit.

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Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (70-68-70-74) secured the runner-up spot at six-under 282 after firing a 74 in round four. Gurugram’s Manu Gandas (67) took third place at three-under 285.

Chandimandir’s Ravi Kumar shot the day’s best score of 66 to clinch 11th place at two-over 290.

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Among the prominent names, Rashid Khan was tied 21st at six-over 294, the 2021 champion Honey Baisoya was tied 25th at seven-over 295 and Olympian Udayan Mane was tied 28th at eight-over 296.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, who had shot the tournament’s best score of 65 earlier in round three, continued his domination in round four to ease to a comfortable win at PGTI’s first-ever event staged at the Jammu Tawi Golf Course (JTGC).

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Sandhu made two birdies and bogeys each on the first nine holes but still managed to stretch his lead to five shots as nearest rival Khalin Joshi was one-over at the turn. Yuvraj birdied both par-5s, first and eighth, on the front nine.

On the back-nine, Sandhu pushed ahead further sinking birdie putts from a range of six to nine feet on the 11th and 13th and saving par with a great shot from 100 yards after incurring a penalty on the 12th. Yuvraj dropped a bogey on the 17th but cruised to the finish line with a mammoth seven-shot margin as the other nearest contender Khalin played one-over on the back-nine.

Yuvraj said, “I was a little nervous coming into this week because I had played well off late but not scored well at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) events in Indonesia. So I felt I just needed a little reassurance.”

“My father gave me a surprise this morning by arriving in Jammu. When I saw him at the golf course before my round today that really helped me relax. I then just wanted to follow the yardage book, keep it in play and find fairways and greens. I managed to do that well today,” he said.

“The nine-foot birdie conversion on the 13th was the point when I thought I had the match in the bag. The highlight of the week for me was my good course management with my caddie Sonu contributing a lot to it. You have to be 100 percent committed on this course and that’s what I did for most part of the week.

“I realised when I went to Indonesia to play on the ADT, that I felt a little void because my regular caddie Sonu wasn’t there. He’s not just my caddie but like a younger brother to me. He has played a big part in my performance this week,” he said.

–IANS

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