Viraj Madappa and Rashid Khan kept their cool and held off their rivals to earn the coveted Asian Games berths in golf after a grueling five-round affair on Saturday. From the women’s section, amateur Avani Prashanth has booked her ticket for the Games. Avani continued her impressive march as she shot a regular final round 1-under 71 and finished ahead of Jahanvi Bakshi, who after four identical 69s shot 70 on the final day.
Madappa, who shot each of his five rounds under par with cards of 66-68-71-69-67, hit Rashid on the post as four best rounds were counted and for that he had two leads.
Of his five rounds, Madappa’s third round of 71 was ruled out, while in the case of Rashid (68-73-67-66-71) the second round was ruled out. That left Madappa with a total of 18 under 270, while Rashid’s total was 16 under 272.
Avani’s best four tricks total was 14 under 274, while Jahanvi’s best four tricks totaled 12 under 276. Hitaashee Bakshi, whose 66 was the final round’s best card, had the third best total of 6 under 282 for four rounds. .
Sixteen men competed for two spots in the men’s section and 11 women competed for one spot.
Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma, the two highest ranked Indian men in the world, and Aditi Ashok and Tvesa Malik, the two highest ranked women in the world, secured direct spots in the Asian Games squads.
While Madappa had seven birdies against a double bogey, Rashid had three birdies and a bogey.
Karandeep Kochhar had a final round of 71, which was his worst of the week, and his previous four rounds gave him a total of 14 under 274, while amateur Krishnav Nikhil Chopra shot a 67 on the final day and finished fourth with a 10-under 278 for the four fastest laps. His previous rounds were 72-69-71-71.
Veer Ahlawat (66-73-69-71-72) tied for fourth with Chopra. Udayan Mane, the only player other than Madappa and Kochhar, to have five under par finished sixth with a best four round total of 9 under 279.
Yuvraj Sandhu looked to be in the running until he bogeyed the eighth and followed it up with a quadruple bogey 9 on the Par-5 ninth hole. That ended all his hopes and he was T-7 at 8 under 280 alongside S Chikkarangappa and Khalin Joshi.
The Asian Games are to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10-25.
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