Mewat (Haryana): Jyoti Randhawa carded an even par 72 in the fourth round to lift his first trophy after a gap of two-and-a-half years by winning the PGTI Players Championship here on Friday.

With Friday's round of 72 at the Classic Golf Resort, the Gurgaon-based Randhawa ended up with a tournament total of 11-under 277.

Manav Jaini's two-under 70 in the final round helped him claim the second spot at 10-under 278.

Randhawa's (69-66-70-72) final round effort of 72 was good enough to earn him his sixth title on the PGTI on a high-scoring day.

The seasoned campaigner stuck to his task with three birdies and three bogeys in the fourth round even as the overnight rain made life difficult for all the professionals.

Randhawa, who led by two strokes at the end of round three earlier in the morning, was on level terms with Jaini with just two holes to go.

Randhawa then holed a crucial six-footer for par to go ahead on the 17th as Jaini, who was playing one group ahead, dropped a bogey on the same hole.

Randhawa finally drove home the advantage after the two golfers made par on the last hole.

"This is a highly-satisfying victory as it was one of the toughest final rounds I have ever played. I played 53 holes over the last two days and that almost drained all my energy," said Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour.

"I had to focus hard as I didn't sleep well last night. To add to this the course conditions were quite tough due to the overnight rain. It was pretty difficult to recover from the rough. I, therefore, knew that even a score of 72 will do the job for me," said Randhawa.

"I putted extremely well under pressure, especially on the 17th, which was the turning point for me. This week has been an ideal preparation for my next event in Switzerland. I'll now look to carry this form forward," he added.

Delhi's Jaini (69-68-71-70) shot the best score of the day, a two-under 70, to end up in second place.

His final round featured four birdies and two bogeys. Jaini was the only player in the tournament who shot four sub-par rounds.

Another Delhi golfer, Himmat Singh Rai (69-70-68-73), who was placed second after the completion of round three, finished third with an overall score of eight-under 280.

Vikrant Chopra, Vijay Kumar and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah shared the fourth spot at five-under 283.

(Agencies)