Pune: Delhi’s Honey Baisoya romped home to a comfortable seven-shot victory at the Rs 30 lakh Pune Open Golf Championship with a course record 22-under-262.
The 21-year-old with an insatiable appetite for low scores, signed off with a last round of six-under-65 at the Poona Club Golf Course on Friday that helped him capture his fifth career title and also move into the lead in the PGTI Order of Merit.
Bengaluru’s Udayan Mane (66), Delhi-based Arjun Prasad (67) and Om Prakash Chouhan (70) of Mhow ended joint runners-up at 15-under-269.
Honey Baisoya (66-64-67-65), the overnight leader by two shots, looked in no trouble from the very outset on day four. Baisoya’s four-under on the front-nine swept aside the challenge of all his fellow competitors as he enjoyed an almost unassailable seven-shot lead at the turn. Honey built the early lead thanks to some long birdie conversions, especially on the third and sixth.
The professional from the Delhi Golf Club went on to add four more birdies against two bogeys on the back-nine to close out the match and put behind the disappointment of a couple of runner-up finishes in the last six months. He picked up a cheque of Rs. 4,84,950 for his effort that pushed him up from third to first place on the PGTI’s money list.
“I started well with birdies on the third and sixth, so didn’t feel any pressure for the rest of the round. I was actually quite calm through the week. I feel the crucial moment today was when I had a three-shot swing in my favour after I birdied the third while OP (Om Prakash Chouhan) double-bogeyed the same hole. There was no looking back for me after that as I had stretched my lead to four shots,” said Baisoya.
“I’m glad that I surpassed my week’s target of 20-under. It feels even better to know that I broke the course record for four rounds,” he added.