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Neergaard-Petersen holds nerve to claim maiden Challenge Tour title

Neergaard-Petersen holds nerve to claim maiden Challenge Tour title

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen held his nerve on the final day of the Kolkata Challenge to secure a maiden Challenge Tour title at Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (6)

The Dane, who led by four shots going into the final round, held off the challenge of home favourite Rahil Gangjee to win by two strokes after signing for a one under par final round of 71 to go with rounds of 68-65-68 and a 16 under par total.

The 24-year-old secures a maiden Challenge Tour title and a first as a professional, finishing two shots clear of Gangjee and Englishman David Horsey who shared second on 14 under par.

Neergaard-Petersen was delighted to pick up a win in just the sixth event on the 2024 Road to Mallorca and having turned professional less than 12 months ago.

“It feels incredible,” he said. “I’ve been professional for nine months, so to get a win, especially so early in the season, is huge.

“It was a big test out there today. Rahil played great. He kept bouncing back and he gave me a tough run in. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet, but for now, I’m just really happy.”

Neergaard-Petersen started the day four strokes clear and had extended that over playing partner Gangjee to five strokes by the eighth hole. However, after back-to-back gains by Gangjee at the ninth and tenth holes, and when Neergaard-Petersen double bogeyed the 12th, the Dane’s lead had been cut to one.

Neergaard-Petersen responded with birdies at the 13th and 14th to move clear once again, and despite a late birdie from Gangjee, he would hold on for a memorable victory.

“Going into the final round with a four shot lead, I knew it was going to be difficult at some point, and it came at the 12th hole,” he added. “At that point I really had to tell myself to make good decisions.

“I told myself that I’d been playing well the last couple of holes and over the last few days, and just to trust my game. From there I bounced back after the double bogey with two straight birdies. I’m delighted.”

Frenchman Alexander Levy finished in fourth place on 11 under par, with Sweden’s Mikael Lindberg and Kristoffer Broberg, and India’s Veer Ahlawat sharing fifth place on 10 under par.

Angad Cheema and Om Prakash Chouhan from India, and Dutchman Wil Besseling finished one shot further back in eighth.

With a third place finish this week, Lindberg moves to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings, with Neergaard-Petersen climbing 29 places into second. Welshman Rhys Enoch is third, last week’s Delhi Challenge winner John Parry drops to fourth, and Frenchman David Ravetto completes the top five.

The Road to Mallorca takes a three week break before returning for the Abu Dhabi Challenge at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in Abu Dhabi from April 18-21.

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