Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S posted a flawless final round of
Chikka’s career-graph has been on the upswing since he ended a two-year long title-drought on the PGTI in November last year. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at an Asian Tour event in Mauritius that helped him seal his card in Asia.
Chikka said, “I had an outstanding week with as many as 28 birdies. I attribute my performance to my much-improved ball-striking. My tee shots and approach shots were terrific today. I really wanted to finish well at the HGC as my previous best here had been 10th at the inaugural edition. That thought motivated me to give it my best today since I also knew that I will need a bogey-free effort.
“The relatively short birdie putts on the front-nine had eased the pressure on me. After my sixth birdie of the day on the 12th, I felt I needed two more birdies to seal it because I didn’t want a close finish or a playoff. I didn’t manage those birdies despite trying hard but I still played well on the final stretch to keep my lead.
“The supportive crowd kept me going with their cheering. The huge gallery inspired me to try a fancy second shot on the 15th which came off just as I had intended it to. I landed the ball on the rock beside the green and the ball deflected back on to the green to set up a two-putt for par.
“The win at the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational in Chandigarh in November last year just got me on a roll and put my golfing career back on track. I’ve been playing some of my best golf since then. This win serves as a perfect start to the season. I’m delighted to be the winner of the PGTI’s first ever event with world ranking points. This will go down in history.”
Patna’s Aman Raj who recently earned his Asian Tour card finished T-2 at 18-under 266 joined the third round leader M Dharma.
With this win Chikkarangappa became the first ever Indian golfer to earn full 5 rankings points on the Indian soil, these points will improve his ranking by 95-98 from his current 461.
Aman Raj and M Dharma each earned 3 points, Karandeep Kochhar with his fourth finish earned 2 points, Udayan Mane earned 1.6 and Honey Baisoya earned 1.2 OWGR points.