Correspondent 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.
Champion Shamim Khan in action during the Indian Oil Servo Masters Golf 2014 at the Digboi Golf Links
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.