Srinagar diaries to power Veer Ahlawat’s final push in Jaipur

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The pressure of catching up with M Dharma is enticing for Veer Ahlawat, who starts the final day of the Jaipur Open five shots adrift.
The pressure of catching up with M Dharma is enticing for Veer Ahlawat, who starts the final day of the Jaipur Open five shots adrift.

Nine top-10s in 13 starts on the Professional Golf Tour of India. Add to this two sole 2nd in the last three starts, the going’s good for Veer Ahlawat this season. So, every time he tees off on the final day of a tournament week, what is the level of expectation?

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Veer claims playing well does not create pressure. “It’s good to have some pressure but not too much of it,” he said. In fact, he feels there is scope of improvement on the last day.

 

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A case in point is the Players Championship at Panchkula last month. Veer went into the final day with a two-shot lead but could not make gains and conceded ground to a prolific Chikkarangappa.

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Then, there is the final day of the J&K Open, and this is where the focus will be on Friday. Veer was T8 and six shots off the lead after Round 3 but worked his way up with a 66 to finish behind Honey Baisoya. “I was happy with my scoring on the last day,” said Veer.

 

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With the Rambagh Golf Club up his alley as it favours long hitters and rewards accuracy off the tee, Veer has script written for the final day. “If I can be -1 after 4, it will be good enough as there are a lot of birdie holes follow,” he said on the attempt to close the five-shot gap between him and M Dharma. Given the scoring pattern this week, the task is onerous but not impossible.

 

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Dharma features in the leader group after a gap, and second-placed Khalin Joshi will be keen to make up for last week’s heartbreak at the Delhi Golf Club. For Veer, the focus is elsewhere. “I need to convert more 6-7 footers (he missed one for birdie and two for par on Thursday). Should that happen, glad tidings could be in store.

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