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Indian sports news wrap, March 13


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Chikka finishes sixth as Ormsby wins in Thailand

India’s S Chikkarangappa, one of the four leaders after three rounds, opened his final round with a double bogey at the International Series Thailand and never recovered from there.

Chikka shot 2-under 70 and finished in tie for sixth at 17-under, as Wade Ormsby overcame Chonlatit Chuenboonngam on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off to win the title at Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin.

Australia’s Ormsby triumphed after holing a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th while Chonlatit missed his birdie attempt from eight feet.

The 42-year-old Ormsby had trailed Chonlatit, the clubhouse leader on 20 under, by one shot with three to play but made a birdie on 16 and had a chance to win on the last when he splashed out to 12 feet from a greenside bunker but missed his birdie attempt to set up extra time.

The other Indians were Karandeep Kochhar (70) in tied 22nd, Honey Baisoya (69) in tied 34th, Veer Ahlawat (69) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) at tied 48th and Jyoti Randhawa (73) finished tied 72nd.

Ormsby from Australia closed with a seven-under-par 65 while little-known Chonlatit, a graduate from the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year and playing the tournament of his life, shot a 64.

It’s the fourth Asian Tour victory of Ormsby’s career and the first since his win in the Hong Kong Open in 2020.

The USD 2 million event was wide open on the final day with dozens of players in with a chance before Ormsby and Chonlatit edged ahead.


Gandas finishes 65th in Kenya, heads to South Africa next week

India’s Manu Gandas failed to push forward in the final round of the Magical Kenya Open as he shot a modest 1-over 72 and finished way down in 65th place in Nairobi on Monday.

Gandas, who came into the DP World Tour on the strength of his winning the PGTI Order of Merit in 2022, had three birdies against four bogeys and finished at 1-under 283 for four rounds.

Gandas, 26, who missed the first two cuts this season, has however made the cut in last three events and is now headed to South Africa along with Shubhankar Sharma, who missed the cut this week.

Jorge Campillo claimed his third DP World Tour title by two strokes. The Spaniard was seeking his first victory since the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, almost three years ago to the day. He showed no sign of nerves as he carded four birdies on the front nine at Muthaiga Golf Club.

In spite of a bogey on the par three 11th, cancelling out his fifth birdie of the day on the tenth hole, the 36-year-old held a three-stroke lead on the 18th tee.

Campillo finished with a par to sign for a five under par round of 66 and an 18 under par total, two strokes clear of Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, who recorded his best finish of the season as he finished runner-up on 16 under par.

Spain’s Santiago Tarrio and Ryo Hisatsune shared third on 15 under.



Mukund Sasikumar to compete in $25,000 ITF tournament in Delhi

Mukund Sasikumar sweats it out in training at the DLTA
Complex for the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament, on Monday.
| Photo Credit: Kamesh Srinivasan

He may not have won many matches yet this season, but Mukund Sasikumar is definitely playing at a very good level. By opting to compete in the ITF circuit, in the $25,000 tournament at the DLTA Complex, the 26-year-old Mukund would be hoping to get a bunch of matches to sharpen his game.

Mukund had given a good account of himself in the recent Challengers in Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune, when he twice ran into Max Purcell of Australia who swept all the three titles. The fourth-seeded Mukund will open against another Aussie, Blake Ellis.

Sidharth Rawat was the only other Indian player to be seeded, and the eighth seed would play wild card entrant Shivank Bhatnagar. He has a good chance to make progress as his quarter has four qualifiers, who will make it to the main draw after the third and final qualifying round on Tuesday.

A bunch of good players, Manish Sureshkumar, Karan Singh, Niki Poonacha and Digvijay Pratap Singh are clubbed in the bottom quarter with second seed Dominik Palan and fifth seed Arthur Weber.

The top seed Evgeny Donskoy is a seasoned pro, ranked world No.65 in 2013. With the weather getting warm by the day, there should be a series of lively contests, not only this week but over the next three weeks as well, in Lucknow, Mysuru and Chennai. It is indeed a very good chance, especially for the Indian players, to improve their status on the ATP ranking list.

The seeds: 1. Evgeny Donskoy, 2. Dominik Palan (Cze), 3. Vladyslav Orlov (Ukr), 4. Sasikumar Mukund, 5. Arthur Weber (Fra), Eric Vanshelboim (Ukr), 7. Shuichi Sekiguchi (Jpn), 8. Sidharth Rawat.

– Kamesh Srinivasan


Shotgun World Cup: Shreyasi, Prithviraj falter

Shreyasi Singh and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot 142 and missed the chance to fight for a medal by one point in the mixed trap event of the shotgun World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

India thus had to be content with the bronze medal won by Prithviraj in men’s trap, his maiden individual medal in the World Cup.

India was ninth among 10 countries that managed to figure in the medals table. USA topped with three gold, two silver and a bronze, while Italy, Australia and Turkey also won a gold medal each.

The results: Mixed trap team: 1. USA (Alicia Gough, William Hinton) 6 (144); 2. Kuwait (Sarah Alhawal, Talal Alrashidi) 0 (145); 3. Poland (Sandra Bernal, Piotr Kowalczyk) 6 (143); 4. Turkey (Rumeysa Kaya, Tolga Tuncer) 4 (143); 6. India (Shreyasi Singh, Prithviraj Tondaiman) 142.

Kamesh Srinivasan

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