Thrilling conclusion to Hero WPGT final event in Kolkata.

Khushi Khanijau

Khushi Khanijau

Jaipur’s Khushi Khanijau won the 15th and final leg of the Hero WPGT’s extended season at Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata in thrilling fashion. The 20-year-old Khanijau began the final round five strokes behind overnight leader Seher Atwal but quickly made up ground by going out in 1-under 35. With two holes remaining, Khanijau still trailed but she closed with back-to-back birdies to post a 54-hole total of 13-over 229. That turned out to be good enough for a one-stroke victory over amateur Smriti Bhargav, Shweta Mansingh, and Atwal.

This was Khanijau’s maiden title on the Hero WPGT. Her final round 72 capped a remarkable comeback after she posted an opening round 11-over 83. On the final day, she was the only player to play the front nine under par. Atwal, the 36-hole leader, held the lead until a disastrous stretch from holes 11 to 15. She played those holes in 6-over par, with two double-bogeys, and wound up with a final round 80. 

Khanijau’s winning total of 13-over was the highest of the season, topping the 10-over score set by Ridhima Dilawari at the last leg at Tollygunge in Kolkata. 

Her earnings of ₹1,40,000 take her season total to ₹10,26,000 from 20 events, good enough for 8th on the final Hero Order of Merit (OOM). Amandeep Drall topped the money list with total earnings of ₹16,50,750 from 18 events. 

The Hero WPGT will begin its 2022 season at the Poona Golf Club from Jan 12-14.

Hero WPGT 2020-2021 season insights –

  1. OOM Winner – Amandeep Drall with ₹16,50,750
  2. Most tournaments played – Neha Tripathi & Jyotsana Singh (24 each)
  3. Most wins – Jahanvi Bakshi (4)
  4. No. of Events won by Amateurs – 5
  5. Lowest winning total – Amandeep Drall – -9 (68-74-65) in the 10th Leg at Chandigarh Golf Club (Oct. 2021)
  6. Highest winning total – Khushi Khanijau – +13 (83-74-72) in the 15th Leg at RCGC (Dec. 2021)
  7. All three under-par rounds in a tournament (Winner) – Ridhima Dilawari (Leg 1, 2021 – 71-67-71) & Jahanvi Bakshi (Leg 12 – 70-70-69)

Photo – WGAI

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