Classic Golf Resort, Mewat, Haryana, August 26, 2011: Jyoti Randhawa lifted his first trophy after a gap of two and a half years as he brought all his experience to the fore to triumph in trying conditions at the PGTI Players Championship played at the Classic Golf Resort. Gurgaon- based Randhawa returned an even par 72 in round four on Friday to end up with a tournament total of 11 under 277. Manav Jainis two under 70 in the final round helped him claim second place at 10 under 278. Jyoti Randhawas (69-66-70-72) final round effort of 72 was good enough to earn him his sixth title on the Aircel PGTI on a high-scoring day. The seasoned campaigner stuck to his task with three birdies and three bogeys in the fourth round even as the overnight rain made life difficult for all the professionals. Randhawa, who led by two strokes at the end of round three earlier in the morning, was on level terms with Manav Jaini with just two holes to go. Jyoti then holed a crucial six-footer for par to go ahead on the 17th as Jaini, who was playing one group ahead, dropped a bogey on the same hole. Jyoti finally drove home the advantage after the two golfers made par on the last hole. Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, said, This is a highly-satisfying victory as it was one of the toughest final rounds I have ever played. I played 53 holes over the last two days and that almost drained all my energy. I had to focus hard as I didnt sleep well last night. To add to this the course conditions were quite tough due to the overnight rain. It was pretty difficult to recover from the rough. I therefore knew that even a score of 72 will do the job for me. I putted extremely well under pressure, especially on the 17th, which was the turning point for me.
This week has been an ideal preparation for my next event in Switzerland. Ill now look to carry this form forward. Manav Jaini (69-68-71-70) of Delhi shot the best score of the day, a two under 70, to end up in second place. His final round featured four birdies and two bogeys. Jaini was the only player in the tournament who shot four sub-par rounds. Delhis Himmat Singh Rai (69-70-68-73), who was placed second after the completion of round three earlier in the day, secured third place with an overall score of eight under 280. Vikrant Chopra, Vijay Kumar and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah shared the fourth spot at five under 283.