Mane Shoots 65 To Capture TATA Steel Tour C’ship & Final Pro Tour Event Of 2019.

Now the following could one day be a golf trivia question.

Who was the player to win the final professional event of the 2010-19 decade?

India’s Udayan Mane has jumped 140 spots to be end 2019 as the World No. 412 after producing a flawless seven-under 65 on the final day to claim a thrilling one-shot win at the season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship here on Sunday.

Mane’s determined final round effort of seven-under-65 saw him establish a new PGTI record for the lowest tournament total — 67-66-64-65 — as he closed the week with a jaw-dropping 26-under-262 at the Golmuri Golf Course. It was Mane’s eighth professional title and his second win on the PGTI this season. The impressive winning cheque worth ₹22,50,000 catapulted Mane, who is based out of Pune, from ninth to third place in the Final PGTI Order of Merit for 2019.

Aman Raj (71) of Patna, the third-round leader, ended the week in tied third place at 23-under-265 along with Delhi’s Chiragh Kumar (67).

Four-time European Tour winner Chawrasia, playing in the leader group, needed a 12-feet birdie conversion on the last hole to take the match into a playoff. But Chawrasia missed and Mane clinched the trophy with a record total that eclipsed the previous best PGTI tournament total of 24-under fired by Anirban Lahiri (Aamby Valley, 2010), Shubhankar Sharma (Eagleton, 2016) and Rashid Khan (Chittagong, 2019).

Mane was ecstatic. He said, “I’m pretty pleased with the entire season having registered two wins. I started the year well but then had a rocky road from March to September. But that lean phase helped me learn a lot about myself and my golf swing and that in turn led to my better performances late in the year at Kensville (PGTI) and in Mauritius (Asian Tour). The biggest takeaway from this victory is that I won a tournament which had an elite field and at a time when so many players were playing their best golf. That is a big morale booster.”

Sri Lanka’s N. Thangaraja (71) took fifth place at 22-under-266.

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