Kolkata: Abhijit Chadha of Chandigarh almost faced elimination but he kept his cool to pip Raghav Wahi of J & K by 1 up in the match play of the Goodricke East India championship at the RCGC here on Tuesday.
Three up against Wahi after the 13th hole, Chadha found the going tough soon as the J&K golfer went on to win the next three holes and was in a position to repeat the 2009 scene wherein 32nd position (by play-off) had defeated the number one seed.
Both Chadha and Wahi halved the 17th but an easy par on the 18th by Chadha helped him fight on for another day.
Playing against young Angad Cheema, veteran Gagan Verma proved his mettle with six birdies and won on the 18th hole.
Abhijit Chadha bt Raghav Wahi 1 up, Chikkarangappa bt
Sher Ali 5 & 4, Rohan Shroff bt Samrat Basu 21st , Gagan
Verma bt Angad Cheema 1 up, Col Ajay Singh bt Aditya
Bhandarkar 1 up, Siddharth Semwal bt Kanishk Madan 1 up, Karan
Vasudeva bt Surya Prakash 3 & 2, S. Pappu bt L Selvadurai 5 &
4, Samaresh Sardar bt Jasjeet Singh 2 up, Rahul Bajaj bt Raja
Sardar 7 & 5, Kader Ali bt M. Wazir 2 & 1, Col S K Lakra bt
Capt Varoon Parmar 1 up, Imamul Haque bt Ashbeer Saini21st,
Utahan Mane bt Parma Kabul 3 & 2, Sure Ali bt Santee Mehta 3 &
2, Chaplin Joshi bt M Sandi 1 up.