Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Rahil Gangjee won the PGTI Players’ Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, here on Saturday.

Gangjee’s total of nine under 234 helped him record his first professional victory since the Asian Tour’s Volkswagen Masters in China in 2004.

The Kolkata golfer’s score of four under 65 was the best of the day.

Secunderabad’s Anirban Lahiri and 2006-07 PGTI Order of Merit winner, Ashok Kumar, finished joint second with scores of four under 239. S.S.P. Chowrasia and Delhi-based Himmat Singh Rai were a further stroke behind in tied fourth place.

The par for the course in round four was 69.

Total control

The 29-year-old Gangjee was in total control of the situation from the start. He started well by sinking a long putt for a birdie on the par three, second hole. Things got even better as Gangjee holed a 25-foot putt to save par on the fourth. He had a bogey on the seventh, but recovered with a birdie on the very next hole.

On the back nine, Gangjee kept the momentum going with seven pars and birdies on the 13th and 14th.

“It is an amazing feeling to win at home. I hit the ball really well and my putting was exceptional,” an elated Gangjee said. He pocketed Rs. 484,950 for his effort.

He has now moved to eighth on the 2007-08 PGTI Order of Merit.

Lahiri was a distant second along with Ashok at four under 239.

Lahiri shot scores of 38, 66, 67 and 68 this week. In the final round, Lahiri made an eagle on the par five, fourth, birdies on the fifth, 15th and 17th, bogeys on the 14th and 18th and a double bogey on the 12th. Ashok (34, 67, 70, 68) joined Lahiri in tied second place. His round of one under 68 on Saturday was marked by birdies on the fourth, eighth, 13th, 15th and bogeys on the second, sixth and seventh.

Indian Masters champion Chowrasia (35, 70, 68, 67) was tied fourth at three under 240. His final round of 67 was highlighted by birdies on the sixth, ninth, 10th, 16th and a double bogey on the seventh. Himmat Singh Rai (39, 68, 65, 68) shared fourth place with Chowrasia.

Kolkata’s Yusuf Ali (35, 72, 66, 68) was sixth at two under 241, while Arjun Singh (37, 68, 65, 73) finished seventh at even par 243.

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