Sensational teen Aadil Bedi claims maiden PGTI title

The 19-year-old golfer beat the PGTI Order of Merit leader Udayan Mane in a playoff for the crown.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

India’s upcoming golfing talent Aadil Bedi won his maiden PGTI (Professional Golf Tour of India) title with a sensational win over the seasoned Udayan Mane at the Bengal Open golf championship on Sunday.

With the two golfers tied on top of the leaderboard on 14-under par after four rounds at the Tollygunge Club, it needed a playoff to decide the winner. The two matched each other shot for shot before the 19-year-old Aadil Bedi came up with a chip-in birdie on the sixth extra hole to take home the title and deny Mane his fourth consecutive win on the PGTI Tour.

This was the longest play-off recorded in the 15-year long history of India’s professional golf tour. The previous record was of four holes.

Aadil Bedi kept his composure in the playoff to get past Udayan Mane for his maiden PGTI title. Photo: PGTI

“It’s incredible to win my first title in such a manner. It was my first event of the year and I managed to get in the groove early in the first round which helped me in the build-up to the final round,” Bedi would tell the Press Trust of India, post his win.

“I’m happy that I also managed to put behind the disappointment of missing out on my Asian Tour card at the Q School in Thailand.”

Aadil Bedi’s late flourish

It was a fantastic back-and-forth duel between the leading pair throughout the final round.

While Aadil Bedi was quick to get off the mark with a birdie in the opening hole, he was soon found wanting as bogeys on the sixth and the eighth saw him hand Udayan Mane the sole lead.

But the Chandigarh-born Aadil Bedi took his game a notch higher on the back-nine with birdies on the 10th, 11th and the 13th holes — enough to push the round into a play-off.

The two players held their nerves to display some scintillating golf in the play-off. After making pars on the first two extra holes, both scored a birdie on the third — Aadil Bedi sinking a 35-foot putt and Udayan Mane successfully navigating a tricky seven-footer.

For Aadil Bedi, the winning moment finally came on the sixth extra hole when he chipped in for a birdie. His maiden victory earned him a cheque of Rs 4,84,950, while Udayan Mane added Rs 3,34,950 to his PGTI earnings.

Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa finished third at 13-under 267 with veteran golfer Mukesh Kumar a stroke behind at 268.

The Bengal Open was the last event on the PGTI Tour before it shuts down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.