12:00 AM, March 25, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 25, 2018

Thangaraja wins by six shots

Sri Lanka's N Thangaraja receives the winners trophy as hosts, organisers and sponsors applaud at the end of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open at the Bhatiary Golf and Country Club yesterday. PHOTO: COLLECTED

Sri Lanka's N Thangaraja came up with a classic six-under-66 in the fourth round of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open to cruise to a thumping six-shot win at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club yesterday.

Thangaraja, the overnight leader by two shots, bagged his third PGTI title as he ended the week with a record total of 22-under-266.

India's Veer Ahlawat carded a three-under-69 on the final day to finish runner-up at 16-under-272. Among the Bangladeshi golfers, Mohammad Sajib Ali had the best finish as he clinched fifth place with a total of 11-under-277.

Thangaraja (65-67-68-66), who was in contention in the last two PGTI events before slipping on the final day on both occasions, managed to set the record straight this time around.

The 36-year-old did not look to be in any trouble from the very start as he sank birdies on the third and sixth to extend his lead to three shots on the front-nine. He then went on to tighten his grip on the title with four more birdies on the back-nine. Thangaraja thus signed off with a bogey-free effort.

Thangaraja, who pocketed a paycheque of 6.46-lac-taka, said he was delighted with the achievement. “I'm just delighted that I kept my focus and got the job done unlike the previous two events where I missed out on converting my opportunities in the final stages. It's great to win a title after such a long gap and that too with my best ever four-round total of 22-under.”

“I really enjoyed playing at the BGCC and look forward to coming back to this top-class venue next year,” added the Colombo native.