Manu Gandas shoots 68 to record a convincing four-shot win at Delhi-NCR Open | Golf News


NOIDA: Manu Gandas has continued to impress in what has been a stellar season for him so far as he fired a resolute final round four under 68 to record a convincing four-stroke victory at the Open Delhi-NCR on Friday.
In the scorching heat on Friday, Gandas (65-69-67-68) totaled 19-under 269 for the week to record his third career victory, which was also his second of the 2022 season.
The 26-year-old picked up the winning check worth Rs. 6,46,600 to move from fifth to third position in the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit.
Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (66-70-69-68) of Bangladesh was second at 15 under 273 following his final round of 68.
It was Zamal’s second consecutive finish after finishing second in Chandigarh last week. Mullah thus rose from 10th to 5th place in the Order of Merit of the PGTI.
Gandas, the overnight co-leader with Amardeep Malik, slipped two shots behind after the latter eagled with a 15-foot conversion on the first hole.
However, he quickly took the lead with birdies in the third, fourth and eighth where he also sank long putts even as Amardeep dropped shots in the fourth and seventh where he struggled with his shot.
Gandas, enjoying a three-stroke lead at the turn, further extended his lead over the back nine by claiming birdies with two more long conversions on the 13th and 14th.
His only bogey of the day came on the 16th but didn’t have much of an impact on the game situation as Gandas was already on his way to a comfortable win.
“Since last year I have worked very hard on the areas that I lacked. The result of all that hard work can be seen now and that has also been key to my success so far this season. I have improved on what I already had.”
Amardeep, who started the day with an eagle on first for the early lead, retired after making three bogeys and a double bogey over the next 12 holes where he missed a few fairways. He added another birdie and bogey on the final five holes to post a 75 and finish third at 12-under 276.
Vikrant Chopra (70), another Noida-based professional, took fourth place at 10-under 278.
Arjun Prasad and rookie Sunhit Bishnoi shot the day’s best score of 67. While Arjun finished tied for 12th at six under 282, Sunhit finished tied for 33rd at even 288.

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