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Kahlon sees revival of fortunes this season

Even though it was not a top-ten finish,Chandigarh golfer Harmeet Kahlon sees the 11th place finish in the PGTI Players' Championship held at Mewat as a step in his preparations for the upcoming tournaments,that also include the prestigious Indian Open tournament.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 23, 2012 2:15:34 am

Even though it was not a top-ten finish,Chandigarh golfer Harmeet Kahlon sees the 11th place finish in the PGTI Players’ Championship held at Mewat as a step in his preparations for the upcoming tournaments,that also include the prestigious Indian Open tournament. The 42-year-old professional golfer from Chandigarh returned with an impressive score of two-under par 286 in the PGTI Championship and sees the finish as encouraging.

“The conditions at Mewat were good and I am happy with the 11th place finish in the championship. I started badly in the tournament and paid the price for it. But in the second and third rounds,I returned with good scores which helped to secure the 11th place. It was also heartening to see Chandigarh’s Ranjeet Singh finishing second in the tournament. He is an emerging talent and has been doing well on the circuit,” said Kahlon,who also returned with a top-20 finish in the PGTI Championship held at Bengaluru last week.

The Chandigarh golfer willparticipate in the Crompton Greaves Open to be held in Mumbai next month before he takes off to take part in the Bilt Open.

The golfer will then take part in the prestigious $1.25 Million Indian Open to be held at Bengaluru from October 18. The tournament will see the participation of fellow Indian golfers like Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirbhan Lahiri and Kahlon is upbeat about taking part in the championship.

“I will play in the Crompton Greaves Open and Bilt Open before taking part in the Indian Open. The two tournaments will help me to gain form ahead of the Indian Open,a tournament which will see golfers from all over the world. This is for the first time that the tournament will be held in South Indian and I reckon the conditions will be tough in Bengaluru,” shares Kahlon.

The golfer,who is also the director of Chandigarh Golf Academy at Chandigarh Golf Club,also spends his time coaching young golfers in Chandigarh. The professional golfer takes coaching from English coach Jonathan Yarwood,who is based in London.

“Yarwood has been of great help to me. I met him last year in England where we spent a few days together. I seek his help by sending him my videos almost daily and he has been guiding on my game. His guidance is working wonders for me and I expect to return with some good finishes this year,” said Kahlon.

Jeev tied 48th

Hyogo: Struggling with a troubled wrist,Chandigarh golfer Jeev Milkha Singh dropped to tied 48th on the third day of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open being played at Hyogo. The golfer,who won the Scottish Open in July early this year,had a disappointing day and fell behind on the leader board. Fellow Indian golfer Shiv Kapur staged a tremendous fight back on the back nine,where he hit an eagle,to card a sub-par round for the third day running and stay in contention for a good finish in the championship.

Kapur,lying eighth overnight,shot 69 and moved to nine-under but slipped three places down to tied 11th. At five shots behind the leader on a crowded leader-board,Kapur can still make the charge on the final day. Chiragh Kumar (71) was also tied 48th and SSP Chowrasia (76) was way down in 71st place.

Local star Masamichi Uehira fired a third round score of six-under-par 65 to grab a one-shot lead over Filipino Juvic Pagunsan after 54 holes. Uehira is now 14-under-par 199 but with 14 players within five shots at the 150 million Yen (approximately USD 1.9 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour,the final day will see some exciting finishes.

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