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Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational: Karandeep Kochhar continues hot streak with 67 on day two

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Highlights: Mithun Perera impresses with classy 65, Karandeep Kochhar continues hot streak with 67, duo shares halfway lead

. Rashid Khan matches course record 64 to rise into contention in tied third

. Jeev Milkha Singh misses the cut; Pukhraj Singh Gill fires an ace

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera impressed with a classy seven-under-65 to throw his hat in the ring and join local favourite Karandeep Kochhar in the halfway lead at 12-under-132 at the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2019 Presented by TAKE Solutions, a Rs. 1.5 crore event being played at the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Karandeep posted a five-under-67 to continue at the top of the leaderboard for the second in succession.

The current TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan of Delhi matched the course record with a scorching eight-under-64 to also rise into contention. He was bunched in tied third at a total of nine-under-135 along with Chandigarh’s Ajeetesh Sandhu (69), Sri Lankan N Thangaraja (68), Delhi’s Himmat Singh Rai (69) and Om Prakash Chouhan (69) of Mhow.

The cut came down at even-par-144. Fifty professionals made it to the weekend rounds.

Tournament host and Indian golfing icon Jeev Milkha Singh missed the cut as he followed up his first-round 72 with a 77 on day two to total five-over-149.

Mithun Perera (67-65), lying overnight tied fifth and two off the lead, admitted that the return of his putting form in round one had a ripple effect on other aspects of his game that benefitted him in round two in a major way.

Perera, a six-time winner on the PGTI, had three birdies in succession early in his round for the second straight day when he gained strokes on the second, third and fourth. The 32-year-old from Colombo was landing everything within five feet and thus picked up two more birdies on the sixth and eighth. Mithun chipped-in on both the third and eighth.

Mithun, who last won an event on March 2018 in Chennai, said, “I used to make firm putts early on in my career. But once I got on the Asian Tour in 2015 and started playing a lot of events, I somehow lost those firm putts. I then had a good stroke but dying putts.

Karandeep Kochhar (65-67), the round one leader, continued his fine form with a bogey-free 67. He too has conceded just one shot so far this week. Kochhar had a slow start making just one birdie on the front-nine. He then drained four more on the back-nine thanks to his consistent putting from six to seven feet.

Karandeep said, “I was just very confident within a radius of six to seven feet on the greens. I made a couple of clutch par putts on the fourth and seventh that kept my round going. I drove the ball better and hit better tee shots today as compared to round one even though I returned a higher score.

Rashid Khan (71-64), a winner of three titles this year, continued to play with the self-belief that has made 2019 a defining year for him. Rashid, the winner of PGTI’s last event at the Chandigarh Golf Club in May this year, climbed 23 spots from his overnight tied 26th when he matched the course record on Friday.

Rashid said, “I found most of the greens today and made a lot of ups and downs. When I began the round, I told myself to just keep the ball in play. That worked out well for me. I’m delighted to have equalled the course record.”

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (68) was the third Chandigarh player in the top-10 as he totaled six-under-138 to be tied 10th. Bengaluru’s Viraj Madappa (71) was also in tied 10th.

Indian star Jyoti Randhawa fired a second straight 70 to be tied 14th at four-under-140.

Reigning champion Chikkarangappa of Bengaluru jumped 33 spots to tied 22nd at three-under-141 after his round of 68.

Rory Hie (70) of Indonesia, the leading foreign name in the field, was a further shot back in tied 27th position.

Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational: The Chandigarh golfer tops on day one

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Karandeep Kochhar set the bar at his home turf, the Chandigarh Golf Club, on the first day of the Rs 1.5 crore event, Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Karandeep, who was the runner-up at the inaugural edition of the tournament last year, fired seven-under-65 to enjoy a one-shot lead over fellow city pro Ajeetesh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Delhi-based Himmat Singh Rai.

The host of the tournament, Jeev Milkha Singh made a steady start with an even-par-72 to be at tied 37th position.

Karandeep, one of the pre-tournament favorites, came out all guns blazing in round one as he raced to four-under over his first six holes thanks to some quality iron shots. After making a tough par save on the 16th, he stumbled with a bogey on the 17th. But he put that behind him quickly enough when he birdied the 18th.

Karandeep, who became the youngest player to win on the TATA Steel PGTI at the age of 17 years and five months while still an amateur in 2016, seemed to be inspired by a great par save on the first where he made an up and down from 70 yards. He thereafter produced more magic with his irons on the seventh and eighth to set up short birdie putts.

After ending with eight birdies and a lone bogey, the table topper said, “I’ve been working on my iron-play and it was the best aspect of my game today. I struggled off the tee and found myself in some difficult spots but managed to recover really well.

Himmat Singh Rai reaped the benefits of his recent stint in the United Kingdom where he played five events on the Jamega Tour. He struck a 66 in testing conditions in the morning session to be in a three-way tie for second place.

After round 1 Jeev said, “I made some course management errors and bad decisions today and also missed a few putts. But I’m happy with the way I managed to close it out at even-par.”

Rory Hie of Indonesia, the leading foreign name in the field, too shot a 72 to be tied 37th. The last year champion Chikkarangappa’s 73 placed the Bengaluru lad in tied 55th.

Panchkula-based Martendeya Kanishka Sinha was the second player to make a hole-in-one on Thursday. Sinha struck an ace on the 14th during his round of 74. He was placed tied 72nd.

N Thangaraja and team wins Pro-Am event of Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2019 presented by TAKE Solutions

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The Pro-Am event of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2019 presented by TAKE Solutions, played at the Chandigarh Golf Club, was won by Sri Lankan professional N Thangaraja and his team.

Colombo-based professional N Thangaraja led his team to victory in the Pro-Am event with a total score of 54.6. Thangaraja’s team comprised of amateurs Mr. Ravinesh Kumar, Mr. Dilesh Gathani and Mr. Puneet Jain.

Delhi-based professional Honey Baisoya helped his team finish first runners-up with a score of 55.4. Baisoya’s team comprised of amateurs Mr. Rajiv Janjua, Mr. Ramanjit Bedi and Mr. Dhruv D Kumar.

Delhi-based professional Chiragh Kumar’s team finished second runners-up with a score of 55.6. Chiragh’s team comprised of amateurs Brig. K J S Puri, Mr. Simran Singh, and Brig. P P S Dhillon.

The prize for the Incredible India closest to the pin on hole no. 11 was won by Mr. Randeep Singh Nabha whose shot landed 11 feet and six inches from the hole.

Mr. Manu Khosla, whose shot landed two feet and 10 inches from the hole won the prize for the closest to the pin on hole no. 8.

The prize for the straightest drive on hole no. 5 was won by Indian sporting legend Mr. Milkha Singh whose shot landed five inches from the centre of the fairway.

The prize for the straightest drive on hole no. 18 was won by Mr. Simran Singh whose shot landed six inches from the centre of the fairway.

Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational kickstarts from Oct 17

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The second edition of the much-talked-about tournament of PGTI is going to start tomorrow at the Chandigarh Golf Club. 

Last year, Take Solutions and Tata Steel PGTI jointly launched this championship – Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational as a gesture to honor our legendary golfer Jeev Milkha Singh.

This year also the tournament will once again be played at Jeev’s home course, the Chandigarh Golf Club from Oct 17th to 20th and will offer a purse of Rs. 1.5 crore. 

A total of 132 players are taking part in the tournament, including 129 professionals and three amateurs. 

The tournament will witness India’s leading golfing stars, and here you can witness the Indian golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh reprising the double role, of host and as a competitor in the tournament.

Other Indian golfers, including the veteran Jyoti Randhawa, defending champion Chikkarangappa, Khalin Joshi, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa and the 2019 Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan.

The Indonesian star Rory Hie, who won an Asian Tour event in Gurugram, India last month, is making his presence to add the foreign challenge followed by Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Sri Lankan’s Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera and N Thangaraja. 

 “After the huge success of the inaugural edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Solutions last year, I’m really looking forward to hosting the second edition of the tournament this year, Jeev said.

He further added “I would like to thank TAKE Solutions, PGTI and the Chandigarh Golf Club for all their efforts in putting this event together last year and this year. I would also like to thank the club members and the media for all their support which has been very encouraging for the event.

European Tour: Shubhankar Sharma settles at tied-7th; Bernd Wiesberger wins the Italian Open

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Shubhankar Sharma fires three-under 68 to finish at tied seventh at the Italian Open on Sunday.

Shubhankar, with 21 birdies and an eagle, finished his campaign at a tied-7th position on Sunday at the Olgiata Golf Club, Rome, Italy.

Since Hong Kong, this was Shubhankar’s first top-10 finish outside India.

With this superb performance, he now moves from 113th to 80th on the Race to Dubai standings and now he only needs a final push to get into top-50 for a start in the DP World Tour Championships, which is slated to be played next month, at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.

Among the other Indians, SSP Chawrasia, who fought well to make the cut, finish at tied-57th with a total of -3 under 285. But, the talented golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar missed the cut.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger shots an impressive six-under 65 in the final round of the Italian Open to snatch victory from Matt Fitzpatrick by a single stroke.

This was Bernd Wiesberge’s second Rolex Series title of 2019 and third European Tour victory as he rallied from three shots behind overnight leader Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The 34-year-old Wiesberger became the fifth player to win multiple Rolex Series titles after his maiden win in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in July.

Matthew Fitzpatrick produces an impressive three birdies in his final six holes but fell one stroke short.

The English golfer Fitzpatrick, shot -2 under 69 in the final round and finished runner up for the fourth time this season.

Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019: Anika Varma and Tvesa Malik top-ranked Indians, Wolf wins the tournament

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Austria’s Christine Wolf won her first Ladies European Tour title after shooting the joint lowest round on the final day at the DLF and Country Club, Gurugram on this Sunday.

The 30 years old posted a bogey-free 69 to end the week on – 11 under 277 and banish the memories of last year’s runner-up finish at the event.

Wolf, with the rounds of (73, 68, 67, 69) finishes her campaign with three shots ahead of the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord Skarpnord, who did not get up and down from a greenside bunker to save par at the 15th and finished at a second position with a total of – 8 under 280.

“I didn’t think, in my wildest dreams, that I would actually pull through and I’m just excited right now,” Wolf said.

Among the Indians, the Fifteen-year-old Anika Varma finished fifth at -3 under 285. She played well throughout the tournament and despite a double bogey on Par-5 15th on the final day; she shot 70 to claim the fifth position.

Talking about her performance she said “As soon as I hit my first tee shot I felt fine. I had a good group (with Sweden’s Emma Nilsson and Manon De Roey of Belgium) today and I enjoyed playing with them. That helped me play well too.”

On the other hand, it was the Gurugram golfer, Tvesa Malik, who improved on her last year’s Tied-13 with steady rounds of 72, 72, 71 and 72. She finished at Tied-6th position with a total of -1 under 287 at the DLF and Country Club.

Tvesa Malik, the top Indian pro this week was pleased with the way she handled the pressure. “I’ve learnt a lot this year and my game has progressed. I’m happy with the way I have been playing but there’s still a long way to go.”

This year’s Hero Indian Open saw 10 Indians, including four amateurs, making the cut.

Astha Madan, 2-under 290 at T-19th

Vani Kapoor, 3-under 291 at T-21st

Diksha Dagar, 7-under 295 at T-32nd

Amandeep Drall, 9-under 297 at T-37th

Gaurika Bishnoi, 11-under 299 at T-47th

Pranavi Urs, 11-under 299 at T-47th

Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019: Whitney Hillier leads; Amandeep Drall top-ranked Indian

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Australia’s Whitney Hillier stroked a second-round 71 to claim a lead at the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

Hillier birdied the last two holes at DLF Golf and Country Club to finish six under par and a shot ahead of Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, with overnight leaders England’s Meghan MacLaren and Sweden’s Linda Wessberg a shot further back.

MacLaren, who is in the lead after day one, began the day tied for the lead with Hillier but could not sustain her lead as she shot a 73 on day two and slips to tied 4th position.

While, the Indians had a decent day 2 on the Hero Women’s Indian Open, where the solid golfer from Panchkula Amandeep Drall emerges as the best-placed Indian by standing tied-8th with 2-under 70 for the day after the second round of the tournament.

Drall, plays well at the DLF Golf and Country Club and reeled off birdies on the last three holes for a 70 and was tied-eighth with a total score of 142.

Among the other Indians, Vani Kapoor, Tvesa Malik, and Anika Varma settle inside the top 20 at the halfway stage of the Women’s Indian Open. Whereas, Pranavi Urs, who was the top-placed Indian overnight shot 79 to finish at 150 and slips to Tied-10th to Tied-49th position over two days.

Hero Women’s Indian Open: Pranavi Urs emerges as a top Indian in the tournament

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The Amateur Indian Golfer Pranavi Urs secured 1 under 71 yesterday in the first round of the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram.

Pranavi Urs, a former champion on the domestic pro tour, even while being an amateur, picked up shots on her last two holes for a one-under-par 71 at the DLF Golf and Country Club to be the best-placed Indian on the first day and settles at a tied-10th position in the standings.

The Mysore golfer, who has been in the golfing field for close to ten years, is the best local after the first round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Among other Indian golfers, Diksha Dagar, Amandeep Drall and Tvesa Malik were Tied-18th after carding 72 each.

While England’s Meghan MacLaren has a share of the lead after the first round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. She shot a five-under 67 to tie Australia’s Whitney Hillier at the top.

The 25-year-old, who has won twice on the Ladies European Tour, had eight birdies and three bogeys in her score after teeing off at the end of round 1.

Top 3 Players to watch at the 2019 Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Every year we witness the rise of the upcoming stars on this tournament that go on to become legends for their country.

All players have a unique quality to conquer the game, But here we are discussing the top 3 Indian Women golfers to watch out for in the Hero Women’s Indian Open which will be played at DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram from October 3 to 6 2019.

1. Aditi Ashok

The young golfer from Bengaluru, Aditi Ashok has impressed all with her superb game technique in the past and now she is all geared up to conquer the big tournament with her positive intent.

Aditi carries the much-needed momentum with her of performing well on the big stage as she finishes at a tied-8th position in the Mediterranean Open golf tournament last week. Also, she was the best Indian at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and finished her campaign at the Tied-26th position, last month at the Golf du Médoc, Chateaux Course.

The 21-year-old Aditi is the last and the only Indian, who has won the Hero Women’s Indian Open in 2016. And considering her current form, we can assume that this year she can repeat her success of 2016 HWIO and claims the trophy with a handful of €300,000 prize money.

2. Diksha Dagar 

The 18-year-old Diksha emerged as the only Indian winner this season when she grabbed the Investec South African Open. She also has a Top-10 and three other Top-20 finishes this year.

Diksha, who suffered from a complete hearing impairment for first six years of her life, is currently ranked 15th on the LET Order of Merit with 191.11 points, and second on the Rookie list, with a win and a Top 10 finish — T5th at the NSW Open — under her belt this season. 

After playing the last three years as an amateur, Diksha is finally playing her first Hero Women’s Indian Open as a professional. She is playing exceptionally well from the past one year and who knows the young and talented Diksha writes the glory by winning the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

3. Tvesa Malik

After a spectacular win at the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour last Friday. Tvesa Malik is all set for the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

The national Open has played a part in Malik’s recent success in the game. She emerged as the best Indian golfer at the event and finished at Tied-13th with another Indian Gaurika Bishnoi at the $500,000 event last year, and soon after, she secured her maiden card on the LET through qualifying school.

Also, this year has been a memorable one, as in each of the first three legs she finished inside the top-3. She was tied-third at Kalhaar Blues & Greens Ahmedabad, joint-second at BPGC Mumbai and a third at Poona Club Golf Course last week.

As far as Tvesa’s performance is concerned in the HWIO, we’re assuming her as a prime contender at the tournament which begins at the DLF course this Thursday.

There are 22 Indians taking part in the tournament, comprising six amateurs, and we have high hopes from them as they were playing in their home soil, and with better technique and temperament they can claim the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

Apart from the Indian golfers, some other players are hopeful of making their presence felt. From the Defending Champion Becky Morgan to 2017 winner Camille Chevalier and other leading names like Carly Booth, Beth Allen, and Solheim Cup 2019 winning team Europe’s Captain Catriona Matthew.

These golfers had a deep impact on the tournament in the past and this time too they can make the competition tough and interesting with their solid game.

Anirban Lahiri regains his PGA Tour Card

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Anirban Lahiri retained his PGA Tour card after a solid performance at Korn Ferry Cup 2019.

One of India’s finest golfer, Anirban Lahiri reclaims his PGA Tour Card after securing a tied fifth position at Korn Ferry Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open on this Sunday.

After the first two birdies on the second and third holes, Lahiri, then made 12 pars in a row and birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th, to finish three strokes behind the winner of Albertsons Boise Open, Matthew Nesmith.

Lahiri lost his card earlier this year after finishing at 178th position in the FedEx Cup standings. But a superb finish of 16-under 268 gives him a reason to joy, as with this great performance he reclaims his PGA Tour card for the season 2019-20.

Anirban had secured tied seventh position last week at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – a golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour.

In his first two occurrences on the Korn Ferry Tour, Anirban has collected a total of 358 points and settled at a seventh position on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals Points List with one event still left to play.

His performance in the past two weeks gave him much need confidence. Now, the 32-year old Lahiri is in good form and aiming for a victory in the final tournament, the Korn Ferry championship.