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Abishek Jha wins title

GURGAON: Bangalore’s Abhishek Jha won the LG ITC Classic Open amateur golf championship with a total of six-under 282 at the Classic Golf Golf Resort here on Friday.

Jha, who started the final day three shots behind the third-round leader, Saurabh Bahuguna, brought home a three-under 69 in the last round to win by a two-stroke margin.

"I am thrilled to begin the new season on a winning note. I think the hard work during my off-season has paid off," said Jha who had scored similar comeback victories at the LG Golden Green Open and LG RCGC Cup during the last season.

Bahuguna had a poor back nine to finish with a 74 in the fourth round. Pawan Kumar was third on 289 while H.S. Kang, Vikram Rana and Rahul Bajaj shared the fourth place at 290.

The scores: Abhishek Jha (73, 71, 69, 69) 282; Sourav Bahugana (72, 68, 70, 74)284; Pawan Kumar (73, 69, 73, 74)289; Vikram Rana (77, 66, 76, 71), Rahul Bajaj (74, 70, 75, 71) and H. S. Kang (72, 72, 77, 69)290; Amanjyot Singh (72, 74, 74, 72)292; Kapil Kumar (71, 74, 75, 74), Arshdeep Tiwana (75, 76, 73, 70) 295 Tarun Ghogale (74, 75, 74, 72)and Jasjeet Singh (75, 70, 77, 73)294; Rudresh Sharma (72, 77, 73, 74)296; S. K. Lakra (73, 78, 71, 75), Siddharth Seth (78, 73, 72, 74), Rahul Sikand (73, 77, 73, 74) and Samresh Sardar (76, 76, 74, 71) 297.

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