Chikkarangappa retains CG Open crown

Bangalore's Chikkarangappa S successfully defended his title at the Rs 1 crore CG Open 2014 with a final round of four-under-66 at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, here on Sunday.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 06, 2014, 21:54 PM IST
Chikkarangappa retains CG Open crown

Mumbai: Bangalore's Chikkarangappa S successfully defended his title at the Rs 1 crore CG Open 2014 with a final round of four-under-66 at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, here on Sunday.

Chikkarangappa, who totalled 17-under-263 at the penultimate event of the 2014 PGTI Super Series, also emerged leader in the Rolex Rankings and the Super Series post his win.

Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow shattered the course record with a sensational 10-under-60 in the final round to bag the runner-up position at 16-under-264.

C Muniyappa of Bangalore, the overnight leader, finished third at 15-under-265. 

Chikkarangappa's lead over Muniyappa was reduced to one shot as the former dropped a bogey on the 11th after a poor tee shot. The 21-year-old bounced back by finding the green in two on the 16th and 18th, both par-5s, to secure birdies and seal his fifth title. Chikka took home a winning cheque worth Rs 16,16,500.

Chikkarangappa, who was fourth on the Rolex Rankings before the CG Open, has now moved into the lead in the rankings with earnings of Rs 35,30,444 for the season so far.

Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow (MP), the runner-up at the CG Open, is placed second in the rankings with earnings of Rs 29,22,375. There are still three events remaining in the season.

Chikkarangappa also zoomed from third place to first position in the Super Series Points table as a result of his win on Saturday. The professional from the Eagleton Golf Resort near Bangalore has 3374.94 points to his credit while second-placed Rashid Khan has earned 3249.50 points so far.

The seventh and last Super Series event of the season, the PGTI Noida Masters, will be played at the Noida Golf Course next week. The winner of the Super Series will take away a bonus of Rs 30 lakh.

Chikkarangappa, who bagged his fourth title of the year, said,"I played a steady round today with five birdies and a lone bogey. The birdies on the front-nine lifted my confidence as I went into the lead."
Chouhan (66-64-74-60) shot a sensational 10-under-60 in round three to break the course record of nine-under-61 set by Muniyappa on Friday. The 28-year-old was five-under through six holes thanks to some great iron-shots that landed within a couple of feet of the flag.

Chouhan continued his golden run on the back-nine with birdies on the 12th, 16th, 17th and an eagle on the 18th to race into contention.

A great bunker shot set up a tap-in birdie for Chouhan on the 16th. The Mhow golfer, a three-time winner on the PGTI, held the joint lead along with Chikkarangappa as soon as he drained the 15-feet eagle putt on the 18th. Chouhan finally finished runner-up as Chikka sank a birdie on the last hole.

Chouhan, as a result of his runner-up finish on Saturday, moved up from fifth to second in the Rolex Rankings and from 19th place to fifth position in the Super Series.