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PGTI: Khalin Joshi emerges winner

Posted on Dec 14, 09:14PM | IBNS

Bangalore's Khalin Joshi emerged winner by six strokes at PGTI's final qualifying stage 2013 season which was played at RCGC here on Friday. Joshi totaled eight-under-280 for the tournament after he fired a four-under-68 in the final round on Friday.

K Prabagaran of Sri Lanka and Matloob Ahmed Rana of Pakistan were the joint runners-up with matching totals of two-under-286.

The top 39 players from the final qualifying stage earned full cards for the 2013 PGTI season.

Khalin Joshi's (68-71-73-68) fourth and final round of four-under-68 included five birdies and one bogey. Khalin found the green in two shots on the par-5 fourth hole to set up his first birdie of the day.

He then chipped-in from the edge for another birdie on the fifth.

Joshi's lone bogey of the day came on the seventh and was followed by birdies on the ninth, 10th and 16th.

Twenty-year-old Joshi, India's no. 1 amateur in 2012, said, "This win gives me a lot of confidence ahead of my maiden professional season. My short-game was pretty sharp this week and I also putted well. I kept the ball in play which in turn helped me post some good scores."

Joint runner-up K Prabagaran's (75-74-70-67) final round of 67 was the best score of the day.

Matloob Ahmed Rana (70-72-72-72) was the joint runner-up along with Prabagaran.

Kolkata's Rahil Gangjee claimed fourth position with an overall score of even-par-288.