Bhullar wins Bangladesh Open title in Dhaka

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Dhaka, Jan 30 (PTI) Rising Indian golfer GaganjeetBhullar won his second successive title playing a solidone-under 71 in the final round of the American ExpressBangladesh Open trophy here today.

The Kapurthala lad aggregated 14-under 274 to emergevictories by two shots over Bangladesh''s Md Siddikur Rahmanwho blazed the course with a 66 to total 12-under 276.

Bhullar with rounds of 68-71-64-71 picked his tenthprofessional title at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

The 22-year-old golfer''s victory made him the firstIndian to win the Bangladesh Open on the Aircel PGTI. It comeswithin a fortnight of his winning the Gujarat KensvilleEuropean Challenge event earlier in the month.

Bhullar, overnight leader by three strokes, made hisfirst birdie of the day on the fifth, courtesy a goodchip-putt.

He converted another chip-putt for birdie on the 14th. Hedropped a bogey on the 15th but then held on to his two-strokelead with pars on the last three holes.

"I was confident of coming through today. However, I knewI had to play a steady round and let the others, especiallySiddikur, do all the chasing," Bhullar said.

"I stuck to my strategy of going for pars, particularlyon the back nine, as the pins were quite tricky. I just aimedto make the fairways and greens and then follow that up withtwo-putts.

"It feels great to win my second title of the year.

Siddikur had a fabulous round and gave me a real scare but Ihung in there till the end and just kept it in play," headded.

Siddikur (71-68-71-66), the defending champion, providedBhullar with a stiff challenge on the final day as he made acharge with a brilliant bogey-free 66.

The local golfer chipped-in from the edge for birdie onthe first and then almost pulled off a hole-in-one on thesixth where his shot hit the flag and landed four feet fromthe pin.

"I played very aggressive golf today but didn''t puttwell," said Siddikur.

Shamim Khan of India fired an even-par 72 to finish thirdat nine-under 279. Raju Ali Mollah was a further stroke behindin fourth position.

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