15 March 2020: In a fitting finish to a well contested Bengal Open at the Tollygunge Golf Club, Aadil Bedi and Udayan Mane drew the curtains on a thrilling final day with a birdie for victory on the sixth attempt. The two men entered the playoff at 14-under 266 after both of them scored matching 69 on Sunday. Viraj Madappa forced his way into third place with a sensational 64 in the final round, finishing at 13-under 267.
Playing together in the final group, the tension was palpable as the two men stood their ground with a resilient final round display. Mane made birdies at the 2nd and 10th hole, conceding a five on the par-4 third hole.
Aadil was ahead by one through the fifth hole, but bogeys at the 6th and 8th meant that he turned in 35 strokes, one behind Mane. After the two men struck matching birdies at the 10th, but the 19-year-old forged ahead with birdies at the 11th and 13th holes to go one clear at the top. Mane made a par at the final hole and Bedi conceded bogey at the 72nd hole to send the event into a playoff.
After staying even through the first five playoff holes, Aadil secured his first victory with a chip in birdie.
Madappa fired six birdies and an eagle in a spectacular 64 that took him just one behind the leaders. Mukesh Kumar played a steady hand but an even 70 wasn’t enough to challenge for victory and he settled for fourth place.
Rahil Gangjee, Om Prakash Chouhan and Khalin Joshi tied for fifth at 269. Veer Ahlawat secured another top 10 finish in eighth place, at 10-under 270. Lankan golfers N Thangaraja and Anura Rohana rounded off the top 10 a further stroke back.