Honey Baisoya ends 3-year drought for PGTI title with J&K Open triumph

Honey Baisoya of Delhi ended a three-year title drought by lifting the Open J&K at Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar with an impressive 18 under 270, including an elegant final round of four under 68 on Saturday .

Honey struggled even at the start of the season as he missed the cut at the Hyderabad Golconda Masters and skipped the Panchkula Players Championship, but a change of iron, a 2 iron and a putter, made the desired difference to the top three. scores of 67, 68, and 66 here.

The six-time PGTI winner who turned pro in 2013 triumphed with a four-stroke lead ahead of Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (67-71-70-66) who finished with 14 under 274 for his consecutive second place this season.

Honey, 25, who earned Rs 6,46,600 for his efforts also dropped him from 85th to 22nd place in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Patna’s Aman Raj (68-71-70-66) also shot a 66 on the fourth and final day to take third place at 13 under 275.

Honey, the four-stroke overnight leader, got off to a nervous start in the final round, not selecting birdies until the seventh and ninth as he landed tough five- to six-foot putts on the six. first holes.

At the same time, Panchkula’s Angad Cheema with four birdies out of the top nine put pressure on the leader.

Honey dropped her first bogey of the tournament when he landed three putts on the 13th. This reduced his lead over Veer to just two shots. However, Honey made a final push to victory with birdies on 14-15 following long conversions with her new putter. The Delhi boy landed his 134-yard approach to one foot to set up another birdie on the 17th that virtually sealed the deal for him.

“It still feels like a dream because until last week I was very insecure and not even sure if I would shoot a lower than par score. So this win is that much more special. Normally I’m a very aggressive player but since the confidence wasn’t there I tried to play more cautiously than usual. I used the 2 iron a lot and hit it perfectly all week. neither did I make a mistake on the green like I did in previous events. The goal this week was to make the cut and I ended up winning. So it still flows, ”said Honey. after lifting the trophy.

“I was two under the first nine when Angad (Cheema) was playing very well. When he birdieed on the 10th, I was only two strokes ahead and two strokes meant nothing in a pressure situation in the last round. When Angad found the water on the 11th the pressure eased for me, ”said the champion who last won a trophy in 2018 – the Delhi Open-NCR.

Veer’s final round featured an eagle-two on the 11th par 4 hole where he found the hole with his 108-yard approach. He also managed five birdies and a bogey to earn six places in the fourth round and is perched third in the Order of Merit.

Aman Raj’s 66, with seven birdies and a bogey, lifted him seven places to third. Mhow’s Om Prakash Chouhan (66) and Angad (70) shared fourth place at 12-under 276.

Delhi’s Chiragh Kumar (67) finished another shot back in sixth place at 11 under 277.

Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa shot the day’s lowest score of 65 to secure the seventh tie with Gurugram’s Kartik Sharma (72) at 10 under 278.

Shravan Desai, who was tied for second overnight, posted a career-best ninth-best tied at nine under 279.

Delhi-based Rashid Khan, Karandeep Kochhar, head of the Chandigarh PGTI Order of Merit and Delhi-based Kshitij Naveed Kaul, tied for 12th at eight under 280.

Udayan Mane of Pune was tied for 25th at under 285 while Chikkarangappa of Bengaluru, the last winner of the Royal Springs Golf Course eight years ago, was tied for 32nd at under 287.

Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa finished the week tied for 46th at five of 293.

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