Bhullar makes it three titles in a row

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Kolkata, Feb 5 (PTI) Gaganjeet Bhullar made it threetitles from three starts in 2011 after a comfortabletwo-stroke victory, while Kolkata golfer SSP Chowrasiafinished second here at the PGTI Players Championship at RoyalCalcutta Golf Club today.

The Kapurthala golfer triumphed with a total score of 13under 275 as he made 18 pars in his round of even par 72 onthe final day.

Chowrasia, who shot a four under 68 in round four, was therunners-up with a tournament total of 11 under 277.

Bhullar (69-69-65-72) came home the victor despiteposting a modest 72 in the fourth round. He made pars from thebeginning to the end but never lost control of the situationsince he hit almost all the fairways and made the greens inregulation on all holes except for the seventh where he made agood chip-putt from the edge of the green to save par.

Bhullar was aided by the fact that his closest rivalsChowrasia and Rahil Gangjee were not able to mount a seriouschallenge on the day.

Chowrasia and Gangjee came within two shots of the leaderonly on the 16th hole and could not make any further inroads.

Bhullar now has won 11 professional titles to his creditincluding eight on the Aircel PGTI. He has firmly establishedhimself on top of the Rolex Rankings after taking home acheque worth Rs 484,950 from his third win of the year.

"It''s turning out to be a great season for me. I was in acomfort zone today and did not do anything extraordinary. Ijust stuck to my game-plan of hitting the greens in regulationand making two-putts for par. It worked out well for me," saidBhullar.

"I was in trouble only on the seventh where I recoveredwell with a good chip. I drew from all the experiences of mypast victories to successfully close the match.

"As I am currently on a winning streak there is a lot ofpositive energy around me and that helps me come through evenin tough situations. This is the second hat-trick of titles inmy career and it has given me the much-needed momentum aheadof a long and grueling season," he added.

Chowrasia''s (67-72-70-68) four under 68 was the bestscore today. It helped him finish second with an overall scoreof 11 under 277.

The Kolkata-based professional, who is now placed secondon the Rolex Rankings, made a bogey and a birdie on the frontnine and then made a charge with four birdies on the back nineonly to fall two strokes short of the eventual winner.

Gangjee (72-68-69-69) of Kolkata claimed third place witha total of 10 under 278. His final round of 69 included fivebirdies and two bogeys.

Mukesh Kumar of Mhow and Lucknow''s Vijay Kumar, theleader till round two, shared fourth position with matchingtotals of six under 282. Anirban Lahiri and Sanjay Kumar werea further stroke behind in tied sixth place.

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