First Major Win as a Pro Golfer for Patna's Aman Raj

Aman Raj pumps his fist after sinking a 20-foot putt for an eagle on the 18th hole of Round 4.

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Jaipur: Aman Raj, Patna's very own young golfer who made his name in both Indian and amateur golf circuits won his first major title since turning pro when he clinched the prestigious Jaipur Open title at the Rambagh Golf Club beating his nearest rival by a comfortable margin of three strokes.

From the get-go, Aman played a solid round of 64 (six under par) in the first round followed by a 67, a record round of 62 (eight under par) in the third round and a brilliant 65 on the fourth and final round on Friday for a total of 258, 22 below par, a record of sort.

22-year old Aman, who turned pro in 2016, was ranked number one amateur in the country in 2016.

Aman Raj receiving a check for Rs. 4.8 lakh in prize money.

The young, dynamic player from Bihar with his father Shashi Raj Sinha as his coach, came into the fourth round with a two-shot lead, dazzled the crowd with two birdies on sixth and ninth holes of the front nine. He then went on to card a brilliant eagle on 14th and ending with another photo-finish eagle on the 18th with a 20-foot putt to shut the door on his nearest rival Honey Baisova of Delhi who shot a great game himself with 19 under at 261.

The winner walked away with a prize money of Rs. 4,84,950. His win also raised his ranking from 22nd to the 10th place in the PGTI Order of Merit.

"I have been waiting for this moment for quite some time. I came close in many tournaments but this is the first time I have actually taken the crown. I feel both happy and relieved and I think this will only help me improve my game in future and assist me in building my confidence," the soft-spoken golfer said.


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