Abhishek, Rahul to clash for LG All India Open Amateur title

Chandigarh, Jan 19 (UNI) Abhishek Jha and Rahul Bakshi registered clinical wins to set up a title clash in the 107th LG Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship here today.

In the semifinals, Jha overcame his experienced rival Manav Das 4 and 3 while Bakshi ended the last of the visitors' challenge with a 3&2 win over Malaysian rival Mohd Arie.

After teeing off in extremely cold conditions, Rahul warmed up with a birdie on the second to go one-up and kept up the pressure to win the fourth and fifth with a birdie and par respectively and by the eighth he was four-up.

Just when it looked like it was going to be a one-sided affair, Arie pulled one back with a good par on the ninth after being in the jungle on the left.

On the back nine, Bakshi got lucky on the 11th where his tee shot back-kicked and climbed the green from where he made a par.

However on the 14th, Arie sank an incredible 15-footer for a birdie against Rahul's par to reduce the lead.

The other match which pitched the young Abhishek Jha and the man-in-form Manav Das. Jha made a bogey on the opening hole after a bad shot off the tee.

Unlike the first semifinal, which saw many birdies and pars being made, the issues were settled with pars and bogeys as Jha leveled the score on the par-3 third and went one-up ahead on the sixth.

Finally on the par-3 eighth, Das made a birdie to equalize.Jha, parred the ninth after he did not have any shot on his second and had to playleft-handed to chip-out on the fairway.

His third shot landed just acouple of feet from the pin. With the scores level after the first nine, it seemed the match actually began from the 10th.

Both the players were consistent. Jha in making pars-he made six pars in a row,Das in making bogeys-four-in six holes to give Jha an unbeatable four-up lead by the 15th.


Story first published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 14:00 [IST]
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