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Shiv, Shubhankar make 2017 a year to remember for Indian golf

A year back, Kapur was laid low by a liver ailment but the Indian recovered and ended a long Asian tour title drought with a win at the Yeangder Heritage

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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New stars emerged on the horizon in Shubhankar and Ajeetesh even as familiar faces strengthened their by picking up their own set of titles in a season of new highs for Indian

Shiv Kapur shone the brightest with two titles after a 12-year wait while the young duo of Shubhankar and Ajeetesh took Indian by storm in a superb year which saw Indians bagging seven international titles.

A year back, Kapur was laid low by a liver ailment but the Indian recovered and ended a long title drought with a win at the Yeangder Heritage.

The year only got better for him as he claimed the Open after battling and the treacherous DGC course.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, who had clinched two titles last season, continued his good run by securing his eighth crown at the Macao Open.

The ever-smiling SSP Chawrasia also continued his fine run this season scooping the Hero Open for the second time, becoming only the third to win the crown back- to-back in March.

It was his sixth win on the and also the sixth overall international victory.

The Kolkata golfer, who would be part of the EurAsia Cup next year, also had two top 10 finishes at Open (tied 2nd) and Open (tied 7th).

Inspired by the Kapurs and Chawrasias, the newcomers also stepped up with Ajeetesh and Shubhankar clinching their maiden titles in the Asian and respectively.

Shubhankar, who finished tied 11th at SMBC Singapore Open and was also in contention at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, became the youngest Indian to clinch a title at the USD 1.2 million Joburg Open early this month.

The three-stroke win over also earned him an entry to the 2018 Open Championship, his first major and an unexpected second place in the Race to ranking.

Infact, the he was impressive throughout the year, making four top 10 finishes and would hope to stay inside the top 60 in the Race to to tee up at the Jumeirah Estates in November next year.

Sandhu, on the other hand, bagged his maiden at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC). He also finished joint second at the Macao Open and Open India, besides two top 10 finishes at Masters (tied 3rd) and Indonesian Masters (tied 8th).

India's highest ranked Anirban Lahiri, playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, continued to look for his maiden title on the Tour as he finished tied 10th and tied 5th at Classic and The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges.

The came close to winning a title at the presented by Nationwide before finishing tied second. He also had a creditable tied 11th finish at The Classic, besides a tied ninth result at the Championship.

At the European tour, Lahiri had two top 10 finishes at the Hero Indian Open (T5) and Championship (T7). He, however, had forgettable outings at (missed the cut) and (75).

Meanwhile, last season's 'year' Aditi Ashok improved her profile as the postergirl of ladies golf in the country as she clinched the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Open in last month to go with the Ladies Open and Hero Women's Indian Open that she won last year.

The 19-year-old from also had a creditable tied 5th and tied 13th finish at Omega and Hero Women's Indian Open respectively.

Among the veterans, finished tied 5th at the Resorts World Manila Masters, while showed glimpses of form when he signed off second and tied 7th at the Mauritius Open and Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

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First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 13:40 IST