Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen dominated in India

Danish golfer Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen dominated the Kolkata Challenge, clinching victory with 272 strokes (68 65 68 71, -16), ahead of Indian Rahil Gangjee and Englishman David Horsey, who finished second with 274 (-14)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen dominated in India
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Danish golfer Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen dominated the Kolkata Challenge, clinching victory with 272 strokes (68 65 68 71, -16), ahead of Indian Rahil Gangjee and Englishman David Horsey, who finished second with 274 (-14).

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, results

On the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course (par 72), in the tournament organized by the Challenge Tour in collaboration with the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), held in Kolkata, India, Luca Cianchetti surged 24 positions in the final round to finish 16th with 282 (73 67 73 69, -6).

Further down the leaderboard, Gregorio De Leo (71 71 74 74) and Aron Zemmer (70 72 72 76) tied for 56th place with 290 (+2), while Pietro Bovari missed the cut, finishing 68th with 143 (73 70, -1). Frenchman Alexander Levy secured fourth place with 277 (-11), aiming to return to the DP World Tour where he had previously enjoyed five victories.

Tied for fifth with 278 (-10) were Swedes Kristoffer Broberg and Mikael Lindberg, along with Indian Veer Ahlawat. Tied for eighth with 279 (-9) were Dutchman Wil Besseling and two more Indian players, Angad Cheema and Om Prakash Chouhan.

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, a 24-year-old from Nivå, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, clinched his first title in just his sixth Challenge Tour appearance. "It feels incredible," he said. "I've only been a professional for nine months, so to get a win, especially early in the season, is massive." Third after the initial round, he seized the lead in the second and maintained it confidently until the end, finishing with a 71 (-1) with three birdies and some nervous moments due to a double bogey that brought his opponents closer.

He received a prize of €44,318 from a total prize pool of approximately €275,000 (exact figure being $300,000). India is a vast nation in South Asia with a diverse terrain, stretching from the peaks of the Himalayas to the shores of the Indian Ocean, and a history dating back 5,000 years.

In the north, the monuments of the Mughal Empire include the Red Fort in Delhi and the imposing Jama Masjid mosque, along with the iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra. In Varanasi, pilgrims bathe in the Ganges River, while Rishikesh serves as both a hub for yoga and a starting point for Himalayan treks.

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