Noida, April 22: Gurugram’s in-form Manu Gandas continued to impress in what is turning into a breakout season when he fired a determined final round four-under-par 68 to record a convincing four-shot win at the 2022 Delhi-NCR Open here on Friday.
In the scorching heat of the Noida golf course on Friday, Gandas (65-69-67-68) hit a 19-under 269 for the week to record the third win of his career, which was also the second of the 2022 season. The 26-year-old collected the winning check worth Rs. 6,46,600 to go from fifth to third place in the PGTI Order of Merit.
Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (66-70-69-68) of Bangladesh finished runner-up at 15 under par, 273 as a result of his last round of 68. It was Moillah’s second consecutive runner-up finish following his runner-up finish in Chandigarh last week. . Mollah thus climbed from tenth to fifth place on the PGTI Order of Merit.
Gandas, the joint overnight leader with Amardeep Malik, slipped two shots behind after the latter eagled a 15-foot conversion on the opening hole.
However, he soon gained the only lead with birdies on the third, fourth and eighth, where he also sank some long putts, even as Malik dropped shots on the fourth and seventh, where he struggled with his stroke.
Gandas, who enjoyed a three-shot lead into the corner, extended his lead on the back nine and made birdies with two more long conversions on the 13th and 14th. Manu’s only bogey of the day came on the 16th, but he had no much impact on the game situation, as Gandas was already on his way to a comfortable victory.
Mollah, who was also playing in the leading pack along with Gandas and Malik, had four birdies and two bogeys in 16 holes. MOllah then jumped into second with his eagle at the par-5 17, where he hit his second shot three feet from the pin.
Noida’s Amardeep Malik, who started the day with an eagle on the first for the early lead, dropped out of contention after making three bogeys and a double bogey over the next 12 holes where he missed some fairways. Malik added another birdie and bogey over the last five holes to post a 75 and finish third with a 12-under 276.
Vikrant Chopra (70), another pro from Noida, was fourth with 278, 10 under par.
Arjun Prasad and rookie Sunhit Bishnoi posted a best score of the day of 67. While Prasad finished tied for 12th with 282, six under par, Bishnoi finished tied for 33rd with 288 pars.