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2016: Youngest To Win PGTI Event
17-Yr-Old Chandigarh Amateur Youngest To Win PGTI Event
The winner apart, one looks out for the best performance by an amateur at the end of a PGTI event. Thanks to Karandeep Kochhar's heroics, however, it was the other way round after the final round of the PGTI Players Championship at Tollygunge Club on Friday .The organisers had to identify the best professional to hand over the winner's cheque as Kochar, the champion, happens to be an amateur.
It was a special day for the teenaged Kochhar, who upstaged the professionals to secure a three-stroke victory with an outstanding eight-under 62 on Friday , the best round of the week. And he was playing only his second pro event.
Kochhar (66-68-62) totalled 14-under-196 in the three-round event to become the youngest PGTI winner at 17 years and 5 months, bettering Shubhankar Sharma's feat of lifting the title at 17 years and 8 months in Kochi in 2014.
Chandigarh youngster Kochhar also became the first Indian amateur to win a PGTI event, and only the second amateur after Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah. As an incentive, Kochhar will get an exception on the PGTI till 2018 whenever he turns pro.
With 10 holes left to play in his second round, Kochhar played a total of 28 holes on Friday . Six-under after the opening two rounds and four strokes off the pace, the lanky Kochhar played the round of his life, mixing nine birdies against just one bogey .
There was a time when Kochhar, Chouhan and Digvijay were tied at 11under, but the youngest of the trio showed great maturity to keep a calm head and get the job done.