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Mukesh completes 11-shot win

Veteran Mukesh Kumar cruised to a comfortable 11-shot win at the inaugural Chennai Open Golf Championship at the Madras Gymkhana Club (MGC) Golf Course at Guindy on Friday.

Mukesh completes 11-shot win
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Mukesh Kumar at the home stretch of the Chennai Open golf championship on Friday

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The golfer from, Madhya Pradesh, completed the proceedings thanks to a final round of four-under-66 that saw him post a grand tournament tally of 20-under-260. Honey Baisoya of Delhi finished runner-up at nine-under-271 as a result of his last round of two-under-68 at the Rs. 40 lakh event. Mukesh Kumar (61-6865-66), who began the day with an almost unassailable lead of nine shots, consolidated on his lead with two birdies against a lone bogey on the front-nine in round four. With the title all but sealed, Mukesh then went on a rampage with a hat-trick of birdies from the 10th to the 12th. He then recovered well from the bushes and went on to sink his longest putt of the day, a 25-footer, for birdie on the 14th. It was then a matter of formality as Mukesh finally registered an astounding 11-stroke victory despite a bogey on the last hole. While he is well past 100 titles on the Indian domestic circuit, Mukesh’s win in Chennai handed him a record 18th title on the PGTI. “I’m delighted to bag my first win of the year. This gets me into contention for the Rolex Ranking title. I had narrowly lost out in the Rolex Ranking last year, having finished second. My first round of 61 had set up the tournament nicely for me,” said Mukesh. C Arul (70-73-73-72), the only Chennai player to make the cut, shot a twoover-72 on Fridayto end up in tied 40th at eightover-288.

FINAL SCORES: 260: Mukesh Kumar (61-68-65-66), 271: Honey Baisoya (67-66-70-68), 274: Udayan Mane (67-70-6968), Mari Muthu R (68-70-6868), Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (69-66-69-70), Shamim Khan (70-67-68-69)  

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