Chikkarangappa makes flying start at Tour Championship 2020

Chikkarangappa makes flying start at Tour Championship 2020

Key Highlights:

→ Chikkarangappa looks solid in first-round 62 at Tour Championship 2020.

→ Amardeep Malik shoots 63 to be placed the leaderboard.

→ The highest-ranked Indian in the world posted a 72 to be tied 60th.

The star Indian golfer Chikkarangappa S shows some great class on this year’s last PGTI event and shots a 10-under-62 to take the first-round lead at the Tour Championship 2020.

The second position is secured by Noida’s Amardeep Malik, who is in a fair touch since the resumption of the PGTI event from last month; he plays an impressive nine-under-63 on day one of the Rs. 1.5 crore PGTI event. 

Young Golfers, on the other hand, Manu Gandas, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Arjun Prasad, and Harendra Gupta, were all in tied third place with matching scores of 64.

Anirban Lahiri, Karandeep Kochhar, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu

India’s International star Anirban Lahiri shots a 65 to find a tied seventh position on day 1, the man in-form Karandeep Kochhar (PGTI Order of Merit leader) and Yuvraj Singh Sandhu also joins Anirban at the seventh spot.

The 27-year-old Bengaluru golfer Chikka reaped the benefits of using a new putter early on in his round as he sank birdie putts from a range of 10 to 15 feet on the first, fifth, sixth, and seventh.

Chikka said, “I changed my putter this week as I was struggling to hole putts in previous events even though I was stroking it well on the greens. The new putter seems to be working for me as I holed a lot of long putts today.”

Amardeep Malik, on the other hand, came up with a flawless round and made four consecutive birdies on the front-nine and back-nine.

The other Indian who makes the competition healthy, SSP Chawrasia, a three-time winner in Jamshedpur, and local amateur Navtez Singh were both tied 13th with scores of 67. Jyoti Randhawa and Shiv Kapur were both tied 18th after a sound 68 on day 1. 

Defending champion Udayan Mane was unable to show any magic on Day 1 and shot 71 to be tied 52nd, while Rashid Khan, the highest-ranked Indian in the world, scored 72 to be tied 60th.