Aadil Bedi takes the early advantage with a 65 in round one of TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020

Chandigarh lad Aadil Bedi set the early pace courtesy a flawless seven-under-65 at his home course during round one of the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020 Presented by Chandigarh Golf Club. 

Karandeep Kochhar, also from Chandigarh, Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat and Kolkata’s Divyanshu Bajaj were all in tied second place having returned matching scores of six-under-66 at Panchkula Golf Club. 

The tournament has a unique format as it is being played across two venues in close proximity - Chandigarh Golf Club and Panchkula Golf Club (in Haryana) – both located in the Chandigarh Tricity region. 

Nineteen-year-old Aadil Bedi, who won the PGTI event played just prior to the lockdown in March this year, enjoyed a good day with the putter in his home conditions on Monday. Among his seven birdies, five were conversions from a range of 15 to 40 feet. 

Aadil Bedi

Nineteen-year-old Aadil Bedi, who won the PGTI event played just prior to the lockdown in March this year, enjoyed a good day with the putter in his home conditions on Monday. Among his seven birdies, five were conversions from a range of 15 to 40 feet. 

Bedi said, “The putter was hot today and importantly I kept the errors out by putting the ball in play. I hadn’t performed as per my expectations last week so there was some extra motivation for me to do well today in familiar conditions. It was my best ever score in a tournament at Chandigarh. 

Karandeep Kochhar, Veer Ahlawat and Divyanshu Bajaj’s scores of 66 accounted for the best effort in Panchkula on day one. 

Divyanshu Bajaj, Veer Ahlawat and Karandeep Kochhar

Divyanshu Bajaj, who arrived in Chandigarh one week prior to the resumption of events in order to spend time with coach Gurbaaz Mann, did not drop a shot during his 66. He knocked down a couple of long putts from 15 feet and 35 feet.

Veer Ahlawat too enjoyed the advantage of beginning the week at Panchkula as he had shot two low rounds at the same venue last week. Veer’s 66 featured seven birdies and a bogey. Most of Ahlawat’s birdies were drained from a range of six to 10 feet. He also drove the par-4 11th green to set up a birdie. 

Kochhar, the runner-up last week, seemed to continue from where he left at Panchkula on Saturday. Karandeep, who shot a bogey-free 67 in the final round at Panchkula on Saturday, carded an error-free 66 at the same venue on Monday. 

Karnal’s Mani Ram was in fifth place with a 67 while six players shared the sixth spot with scores of 68 including defending champion Rashid Khan of Delhi and Chandigarh’s Amrit Lal. 

Bengalureans Chikkarangppa and Khalin Joshi were both in tied 19th place with scores of 70.  

Indian star Jyoti Randhawa posted a 73 to be tied 50th

Posted on: 2020 Nov 10 Tue
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