It needed a nail-biting play-off to decide the winner of the PGTI Players Championship at the Noida Golf Course on Saturday. And ultimately it was Jyoti Randhawa who edged out Mukesh Kumar to lift the trophy.
Jyoti Randhawa edged out Mukesh Kumar in a nail-biting play-off to win the PGTI Players Championship at the Noida Golf Course on Saturday.
The 39-year-old Randhawa prevailed on the second play-off hole after the two golfers had ended the regulation 72 holes with identical totals of two-under 286. Randhawa (71-73-70-72) and Mukesh (77-71-70-68) were all square after the first play-off hole as both made pars.
Randhawa then birdied the second play-off hole thanks to a 20-feet putt and got the better of Mukesh, who could only manage a par.
The two professionals had produced contrasting rounds on the final day before they headed for the play-off.
Gurgaon-based Randhawa`s sedate fourth round of even-par 72 consisted of three birdies and an equal number of bogeys.
On the other hand, the 46-year-old Mukesh, who hails from Mhow, posted the day`s best score, a four-under 68 that was punctuated by five birdies and a bogey. "It`s a great feeling to bag my first title of the season. A score of two-under was fabulous for four days of golf in such tough conditions where the wind was a major factor. The scores I shot are not a true reflection of my solid performance this week," said Randhawa, who won his second title at the Noida Golf Course.
"This victory has a lot of significance for me because I have recently made some changes in my game. These changes are now having the desired effect."
Chandigarh`s Ajeetesh Sandhu finished third with a total of even-par 288.
Noida`s Rahul Bajaj took a share of the fourth spot along with the Delhi duo of Chiragh Kumar and Shamim Khan at one-over 289.
Chandigarh-based amateur Angad Cheema won the trophy for the best amateur score.