Shamim’s golden touch
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Rounds off consistent year with his career's highest earnings and first order of merit title.
For 34-year-old Shamim Khan, this has been a fairytale year. For someone who finished last season after being winless for more than 20 months -- his last title coming on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) circuit in April 2010 – it was going to be incredibly tough to make a winning return. But Shamim went on a surge. He not only picked three titles this year, with a consistency that is extraordinary for a golfer, he won the PGTI order of merit with almost Rs 10 lakh difference between him and second placed fellow Delhi pro, Rashid Khan.
Shamim has not missed the cut in a single tournament of the 21 weeks that he played here and has finished in the top-10 in every other event that he did not go on to win. The reward was simple: Rs 57,47,713 in cash for his year's hard work. For someone who started off with little means and borrowed clubs, this is an achievement that fills him with pride.
"People ask me how I was able to make all this come true and I say you got to dream, unless you dream big how will your aspirations come true," Shamim says.
For Shamim, this has actually been a dream. When he started playing in 1995, he recalls that tournaments on the domestic tour had prize money as less as 1 lakh and now, thanks to the rising profile of the domestic professional circuit, in one calendar year itself, he has won two events of Rs 20 lakh and another of Rs 1 crore.
"For me this is a very momentous occasion because I used to see other golfers like Mukesh Kumar (from Mhow) play with me and win the year-ending money list several times and I had this itch to see my name on the top of the list too," he says.