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Shamim wins Indian Oil Servo Masters’ Golf

Champion Shamim Khan in action during the Indian Oil Servo Masters Golf 2014 at the Digboi Golf Links
 DIGBOI, Nov 22 – Shamim Khan of Delhi wrapped up his 10th title in style after easing to a five-shot victory in the final round of the Indian Oil Servo Masters Golf 2014 at the Digboi Golf Links today.

Shamim signed off with a rock-solid one-under-71 in round four of the Rs 30 lakh PGTI event to finish with a tournament total of 13-under-275.

Kolkata’s Shankar Das, who finished runner-up at eight-under-280 after returning an ordinary four-over-76 on Saturday, went past Rashid Khan to emerge leader in the Rolex Rankings. Shamim Khan (69-69-66-71), the overnight joint leader along with Shankar Das, had a slow start of the day as he bogeyed the first after pulling his tee shot into the rough. However, the 36-year-old from the Delhi Golf Club soon found himself three shots ahead as his nearest challenger Shankar dropped four shots on the first three holes on a windy and overcast day. As a result of his win, Shamim has now climbed from 22nd place to 15th position in the Rolex Rankings.

“It’s a tremendous comeback for me after having missed the cut at last week’s event in Shillong. I hadn’t enjoyed much success in the season till last week. This performance has helped me regain my form. I’ve won after a gap of 20 months and now feel I can finish the season on a high. The fact that I finally won at Digboi after finishing runner-up on more than one occasion, is also very heartening,” said Shamim, who pocketed his eighth title on the PGTI.

Bangalore’s C Muniyappa’s final round 71 helped him claim third place at seven-under-281.

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