Abhijit Singh Chadha wins by five strokes

The Chandigarh-based golfer shot five birdies besides two bogeys, including one on the final hole, for a tally of 16-under 272.

Chadha’s triumph in the BILT Open was worth Rs. 15 lakh – the biggest cheque of his career. He is now atop the 2015 Rolex rankings with total winnings of Rs. 17.91 lakh.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Overnight leader Abhijit Singh Chadha kept his composure when it mattered and fired a three-under 69 to win the BILT Open by five strokes at the Classic Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Friday.

Chadha’s triumph in the Rs. 1-crore event was worth Rs. 15 lakh – the biggest cheque of his career. He now finds himself at the top of the 2015 Rolex rankings with total winnings of Rs. 17.91 lakh.

The Chandigarh-based golfer shot five birdies besides two bogeys, including one on the final hole, for a tally of 16-under 272.

“I felt quite relaxed out there today. I didn’t feel too much pressure. I had a steady start as I hit most of the greens on the front-nine despite the tough and windy conditions. However, the putts didn’t drop for me in the first half. Nonetheless, I hung in there. No one really challenged my lead today so I knew I just needed to be patient,” said the champion.

Ajeetesh Sandhu sank birdies on the final three holes for a second successive 66 and shared the second spot with Om Prakash Chauhan. The players received Rs. 7.99 lakh each.

Second-day joint leader C. Muniyappa could only manage a 73 and settled for the fourth spot worth Rs. 4.99 lakh.

However, defending champion Anura Rohana of Sri Lanka played a forgettable round of 77, including a triple-bogey and three bogeys, for a tally of 284. He shared the 13th spot and collected Rs. 1.56 lakh.

The scores:

Abhijit Singh Chadha (68, 70, 65, 69) 272; Ajeetesh Sandhu (73, 72, 66, 66), Om Prakash Chauhan (70, 71, 66, 70) 277; C. Muniyappa (63, 71, 71, 73) 278; Arjun Singh (66, 71, 72, 70), Udayan Mane (72, 71, 66, 70), Shankar Das (71, 66, 71, 71), Deepinder Singh Kullar (69, 70, 69, 71) 279; Abhinav Lohan (71, 69, 70, 71) and Sudhir Sharma (68, 70, 70, 73) 281.