Karandeep Kochhar continued his dominance on the home tour by lifting the title on a nail-biting final day at the Gujarat Open.
The young Karandeep, who started the final round two off the lead, rallied from behind with a modest two-under 70 on the last day to claim a single shot victory at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club in Ahmedabad.
Arjun Prasad, who was also with Kochhar before the start of the final round, finished one shot off the champion as he only managed to score 1-under 71 on the fourth and final round at the Rs. 40 lakh prize money event.
The Delhi-based Prasad ended with a tournament total of nine-under 279 to secure a second runner-up finish on the PGTI.
Ranjit Singh of Chandigarh, the joint overnight leader, submitted a card of 74 to claim third place at eight-under 280.
Bengaluru’s M Dharma and Kapil Kumar of Delhi, the other two joint leaders after round three, shot scores of 75 to end the week in tied fourth place at seven-under 281.
Twenty-three-year-old Arjun, who grew up playing alongside Karandeep before both players turned professional in the same season in 2017, missed a short three-feet putt for par on the 18th that could’ve taken the match into a playoff. Kochhar also dropped a bogey on the closing hole but held on to his one-shot advantage to emerge as the winner.
Ranjit Singh, searching for his maiden title, was leading by two shots till the 12th hole. However, he dropped a quadruple-bogey (8) on the par-4 13th to slip out of contention.
Gurugram-based Kartik Sharma produced the day’s best score of 68 to finish tied 10th at two-under 286.