Varun Parikh wins Kapil Dev - Grant Thornton Invitational title

Besides the Rs. 15 lakh winner’s share out of Rs. 1 crore prize-money, the 24-year-old from Ahmedabad, received the winner’s jacket from the former captain of the Indian cricket team, M. S. Dhoni.

M. S. Dhoni helping Varun Parikh with the winner’s jacket after the
Ahmedabad golfer won the Kapil Dev - Grant Thornton Invitational golf
title at the DLF Golf and Country Club at Gurugram on Friday. 

M. S. Dhoni helping Varun Parikh with the winner’s jacket after the Ahmedabad golfer won the Kapil Dev - Grant Thornton Invitational golf title at the DLF Golf and Country Club at Gurugram on Friday.  | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Besides the Rs. 15 lakh winner’s share out of Rs. 1 crore prize-money, the 24-year-old from Ahmedabad, received the winner’s jacket from the former captain of the Indian cricket team, M. S. Dhoni.

Varun Parikh long wait for his maiden success on the PGTI Tour ended with a stupendous five-stroke victory margin in one of the richest tournaments on the circuit.

Besides the Rs. 15 lakh winner’s share out of Rs. 1 crore prize-money, the 24-year-old from Ahmedabad, received the winner’s jacket from the former captain of the Indian cricket team, M. S. Dhoni.

It all happened in the inaugural Kapil Dev - Grant Thornton Invitational golf tournament at the DLF Golf and Country Club here. Starting the day in joint lead with Kartik Sharma, Parikh carded a second straight five-under 67 for a winning tally of 11-under 277.

After two bogeys and birdie on the first three holes, :Parikh steadied his play and picked up six birdies on the remaining holes. At least four long putts, including a monstrous 70-footer on the 11th hole, stood out in his near-flawless short game.

Manu Gandas made the most of playing on his home course. He shot a final-round 69 to aggregate 6-under 282 and finished runner-up, worth Rs. 10 lakh.

However, for the second successive day, Kartik could not get his act right. He struggled for a poor 74 on his home course and took the third spot, two strokes behind Manu. Kartik collected Rs. 5,99,800.

Final scores (top-10):

277 - Varun Parikh (73, 70, 67, 67), 282 - Manu Gandas (74, 66, 73, 69); 284 - Kartik Sharma (71, 67, 72, 74); 287 - Om Prakash Chouhan (70, 72, 74, 71), Divyanshu Bajaj (71, 72, 73, 71); 288 - Manav Jaini (73, 73, 72, 70), Himmat Rai (71, 70,73, 74); 289 - Deepinder Kullar (70, 74, 72, 73), Sachin Baisoya (72, 68, 74, 75) and Syed Saqib Ahmed (74, 67, 71, 77).

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