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Updated: February 18, 2014 20:01 IST

Playing for self is the best way: Gangjee

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Rahil Gangjee.
Rahil Gangjee.

Rahil Gangjee is clear that playing for himself is the best way to contribute to the team effort at the 3rd Louis Philippe Cup golf starting at the BPGC course here on Wednesday.

Gangjee, who is teaming up with Shankar Das and Ghiragh Kumar, said, “Golf is considered an individual sport, it makes sense to approach it that way even in a team format.

“Experienced golfers will concentrate on own form even in team events, instead of getting distracted by trying to find out how teammates are faring.

“It is part of golf training we do where the focus is on managing things under my control. Performing at my best over the course is the surest way I can contribute to the team effort,” he added.

The Royal Calcutta Golf Club pro competed in the United States on the Tour in 2011 and has three finishes in the top 25 to his credit.

Gangjee finished T16 at the Tour event called TPC Stonebrae Championship in 2012 and returned to the Asian Golf Tour afterwards.

“I got a conditional card for 2012 and so was able to play the next year. Then I lost my card, so came back and played the entire season on the Asian Tour to get my card back.

“The reason I am elaborating on all this is that for someone from the qualifying school, it is not possible to get the big events. The top 30 pros get to play the major ones. This year, I will get to play the big events again,” said Gangjee.

The American circuit experience moulded his thinking in a particular way. “The level is so high that you have to train your mind to perform exceptionally well each time, there is no other option.

“The pros ranked between 60 to 70 on the Tour play like our top five players. Each time you step on a course, you should play to win or will get left far behind,” said Gangjee.

Shubhkamna wins

Pro golfer Rashid Khan led Shubhkamna Delhi to victory in the pro-am event on Tuesday. DeepakYadav, Sharad Anand and Ashish Aggarwal teamed up with Khan for a nett team score of 25 under.

Vikrant Chopra’s Navratna Ahmedabad (Devang Nanavati, Mihir Sharma and Pranav Shah) managed 24 under to grab second spot, followed by Abhijit Chadha’s DLF Gurgaon (Rajen Gandhi, Vijay Chauhan and Nikhil Mehra) with 23 under.

Celebrities on the course were Kapil Dev, Syed Kirmani, Karsan Ghavri and Murali Kartik to name a few.

On Course Prizes: Ballantines Long Drive Challenge (Hole No. 9): Murali Kartik 281 yards. Louis Philippe Closest to Pin (Hole No 10): A Bajaj. Turkish Airlines Longest Drive (Hole No 18): Rajeev Kaul 305 yards.

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