Sunday, December 25, 2016

Pariya, first foreigner to win McLeod Russel Tour Championship

Pariya cruises to three-shot triumph, becomes first foreigner to win McLeod Russel Tour Championship

Rashid Khan bags Rolex Ranking crown after runner-up finish, Shamim Khan matches course record of 63 to be tied third

Rookie Aman Raj is Emerging Player of the Year

Kolkata, December 25, 2016: It all went according to script for Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul as he drove home the overnight two-shot advantage with an unwavering final round of one-under-71 to win the McLeod Russel Tour Championship 2016, PGTI’s year-ending event worth Rs. 1.5 crore, by a comfortable three-shot margin at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) on Sunday.

Pariya, the wire-to-wire winner, who ended up with a tournament tally of 15-under-273, became the first foreign player to win the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, which saw the culmination of the landmark 10th PGTI season.

Delhi’s Rashid Khan bagged his second Rolex Player of the Year title after finishing runner-up at 12-under-276 thanks to a sedate final round of 72 at the season-ending event. Rashid zoomed from fourth to number one in the 2016 Rolex Ranking with season’s earnings of Rs. 44,79,880. He had previously won the Rolex Ranking crown in 2013.

Shamim Khan of Delhi matched the course record with his phenomenal last round of nine-under-63 to finish tied third along with Gaganjeet Bhullar and Kolkata’s SSP Chawrasia at 10-under-278. As a result of his outstanding 63, Shamim grabbed second place in the Rolex Ranking with earnings of Rs. 41,16,458.

Patna-based rookie Aman Raj took a share of 10th place at four-under-284. He thus finished on top in the PGTI Emerging Player of the Year race with the highest earnings among the rookies (Rs. 10,34,427).

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