Manu Gandas of Gurgaon shot four solid sub par rounds of 65-69-67-68 for a convincing four-shot win at the PGTI’s Delhi-NCR Open presented by Prometheus School played at Noida Golf Course. The 25-year-old who ended the 2021 season ranked 9th in the PGTI, finished at 19-under 269 to earn his second title of the season after winning in Ahmedabad in March and jumping to 3rd in the current 2022 rankings.
On the final day the overnight co-leader Amardeep Malik, playing his home course went two shots ahead of Gandas after making a 15 foot putt for eagle at the opening hole. However Gandas, who trains at DLF GC, regained the lead with birdies on the 3rd, 4th and 8th, while Malik struggled with his ball striking and dropped shots on the fourth and seventh. That added up to a five-shot swing over five holes, giving Gandas a three-shot lead at the turn.
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Gandas made two long putts for birdies on the 13th and 14th to stretch his lead. A late bogey on the 16th was a minor hiccup as he led by seven shots with three holes to play.
Malik eventually dropped to third place with a final day 75. .
“ From last year, I’ve been working very hard on the areas I felt I was lacking in. The result of all that hard work is now showing and that’s also been the key to my success so far this season,” Gandas said. “Today, I stuck to my own game without bothering too much about the leaderboard. I kept giving myself a lot of birdie chances. I missed out on a few opportunities but fortunately the other chances I was able to convert into birdies proved to be enough for me.
“My driving was good for most part of the week, so that too helped me put up low numbers.”
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