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Last Sunday, Panchkula golfer Angad Cheema had a brush with success after completion of the final round of the McLeod Russel Tour Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course, as he finished eighth after the final round thereby pocketing Rs 2,86,200 to claim the third spot with a total earnings of Rs 26,50,448 in the PGTI Order of Merit behind leader Rashid Khan and S Chikkarangappa. Right after the last round, an ecstatic Cheema shared the joy with caddie Taufiq Khan.
"It's a great start to my professional career. I won two titles and now finished third in the PGTI Order of Merit. Before this season, I had set some goals and I am happy that I did better than those goals. It's been an year of learning and the eighth-place finish in Kolkata has boosted my confidence. Top-ranked players like Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jyoti Randhawa and SS Chaurasia were playing in the championship and to bag a top-ten finish means a lot to me," shared the 23-year-old golfer while speaking with Sportline. Cheema turned a professional golfer earlier this year after a successful amateur career and the golfer became the All India Amateur Champion last season. Cheema's first professional win came in the form of the PGTI Feeder tour in Jaipur and the youngster added another title in his kitty when he won the Dialog Enterprise International Championship. The golfer is now taking a break for two months before the season commences.
"The Jaipur win came at a right time for me. As a professional golfer, it was important for me to win title in the first year and the Jaipur win made me feel that I can win at this level. The title win at Colombo came in windy conditions and with the season almost ending, it provided me the much needed motivation. I have been spending time with my coach Jesse Grewal and his tips have helped me a lot. My caddie Taufiq has been with me for some time and his tips also add value to my game," says Cheema. The Panchkula-based golfer is also aiming for the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year and is hopeful of making the cut in the list of 12 Indians who will qualify for the Asian Tour. "I know these are still early days in my career but I want to play in the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year. The top 12 golfers in the Qualifying School will get a chance to play in the Asian Tour and it will be a tough challenge to play in the Asian Tour," felt Cheema.
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