Jamshedpur, Jan 6 (UNI) Ace golfer Mukesh Kumar bagged his 100th professional title by annexing the 2008 Tata Open title with a comfortable three stroke margin for the second time at the Beldih golf course in the final round here today.
The 2007 Xtra Premium Masters champion carded two under 68 today to take his overall total to ten-under-par 272.This is Mukesh's second win in the 2007-08 PGTI season. Harendra Gupta finished runners-up with a total score of seven under 275.while defending champion SSP Chowrasia had to be satisfied with third place finishing one stroke behind Gupta.
Mukesh Kumar won his second Tata Open title (previously won Tata Open in 2002) in style by stretching his third round lead to three strokes. With this win he earned a handsome purse of Rs.3, 23,300 of Rs 20 lakh prize money tournament. He always looked good to win as he had set the pace since the first round.
The 42-year-old was even par at the turn after he sank a birdie on the fourth and dropped a bogey on the eighth at Golmuri. Mukesh had a far better time at Beldih. He began with birdies on the 10th and 12th before making bogey on the 15th. The pro from Mhow made another birdie on the 16th to finish two under for the day.
''I did not make a great start at Golmuri but came back well at Beldih today. This course suits my game because it's a lot like my home course at Mhow,'' said a beaming Mukesh and added, ''I'm delighted to win my 100th professional title. I have achieved the target I had set for myself. Even though I had a lean patch in the last few years, I have made up somewhat with wins at Digboi and Jamshedpur.'' Harendra Gupta trailed Mukesh by one stroke at the end of round three but finally finished three strokes behind him. The Chandigarh pro had an average day, firing an even par 70. He made birdies on the seventh and 12th and bogeys on the fourth and 10th. The runners-up received a cheque of Rs. 2,23,300.
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