Lahiri walks away with honours PGTI Championship

Kolkata, Feb 11 (PTI) Anirban Lahiri set the TollygungeClub Golf Course on fire as he carded a superb six under 64 inthe final round to win the Aircel PGTI Players Championshiptitle here today.

The Bangalorean finished with a total of 18 under 262 atthe Rs 4 million event to equal Mukesh Kumar''s course recordfor four rounds.

Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan finished a distant tiedsecond with identical totals of 10 under 270.

Lahiri''s (68-65-65-64) sixth professional victory todaymade him richer by Rs 646,600 and propelled him from 12thposition to second place on the Rolex Rankings 2011.

Lahiri, the overnight leader by three strokes, built onhis lead as he came out all guns blazing on the front nine. Heconverted putts from 10 and 15 feet for birdies on the fourthand fifth respectively.

The Asian Tour regular then picked up an eagle on theseventh thanks to a seven-iron approach shot that ended up sixfeet from the flag.

Lahiri further increased the gap between himself and therest of the field by knocking-in another birdie on the 10th. Abrilliant sand-wedge second shot then set up Lahiri''s finalbirdie of the day on the 12th.

The 23-year-old made pars on the last six holes to seal amemorable eight-stroke win.

Randhawa''s (64-69-69-68) two under 68 today featured sixbirdies and two bogeys. The Gurgaon-based Indian star was thejoint runner-up along with Delhi''s Rashid Khan (64-64-73-69)who posted a 69 in round four. Rashid''s final round includedfour birdies and three bogeys.

Kolkata''s Rahil Gangjee (nine under 271) finished onestroke behind Randhawa and Rashid in fourth position.

Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Mukesh Kumar of Mhow andDelhi''s Vinod Kumar shared fifth place at eight under 272.

Gaganjeet Bhullar secured eighth place as he totaledseven under 273. He continues to lead the Rolex Rankings 2011.

Vivek Bhandari of Delhi, who finished in tied 10th with atotal of five under 275, fired a hole-in-one on the secondhole during the final round. Bhandari shot a 68 in round four.

SSP Chowrasia of Kolkata posted a fabulous bogey-free 64in the fourth round to claim a share of 17th place. He endedthe week with an overall score of one under 279.

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