Manu Gandas’ advice comes in handy for roomie Veer Ahlawat

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Veer Ahlawat was prolific on the greens of the Delhi Golf Club on Wednesday. The 7-under 65 got him a share of second spot going into the third day of the PGTI MP Cup. Photo: Veer Ahlawat
Veer Ahlawat was prolific on the greens of the Delhi Golf Club on Wednesday. The 7-under 65 got him a share of second spot going into the third day of the PGTI MP Cup. Photo: Veer Ahlawat

Time and pursuing the same vocation have got Manu Gandas and Veer Ahlawat closer.

Read: Excerpts from Day 2 of PGTI MP Cup

Both practice at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, travel together on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), and room together on Tour. The bond has got stronger to an extent that when Manu broke through on PGTI at the Golconda Masters in Hyderabad last month, Veer was eloquent about how proud he was to watch Manu hold his own against fierce competition despite injuries to the wrist and ankle.

 

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Veer has been knocking on the door again since his maiden win at Digboi in 2019. Among the nine top-10s this season, three have been second spots. This week at the Delhi Golf Club, Veer is homing in on another strong finish in the PGTI MP Cup.

 

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It was a listless start to Tuesday with a level-par round for Veer. In contrast, Manu had a share of the Round 1 lead with a 67. Away from the golf course, Veer picked Manu’s brain on how to read the line better. The advice, “Just follow the slope, not the grain of the green.”

 

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The advice helped as Veer, always proud of his play off the tee, coupled it with solid putting after the chat. It was a climb of 37 spots and he came to settle next to Manu at 7-under 137 and T2, two shots off the lead.

Veer’s memories of the Delhi Golf Club are mixed, but he has ability to wipe out results that haven’t been conducive, and stay with the ones that have brought joy. Wednesday was an instance, and will fuel his campaign for the final two days here.

Also Read: Excerpts from Round 1 of PGTI MP Cup