Ghei back with a bang

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Veteran Indian golfer Gaurav Ghei, who conquered Colin Montogomerie 11 years ago, bagged his third Asian Tour title last weekend.

Updated: May 03, 2007 17:55 IST
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New Delhi:

Veteran Indian golfer Gaurav Ghei, who conquered Colin Montogomerie 11 years ago, finally seems to have found his form - bagging his third Asian Tour title.

In a career spanning 16 years, the 38-year-old saw many ups and downs. He ended his 11-year winning drought last year with a victory at Taiwan Masters.

Last weekend, he clinched the 2007 Beijing Open that puts him in seventh place in the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit.

Ghei also has the distinction of having qualified for the British Open in 1997. But far more memorable was another headline hogging achievement later that year - Ghei beat Ryder Cup veteran Colin Montgomerie in the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews, as India stunned Scotland.

Ghei, who used to accompany his father to the golf course as a small boy, learnt how to swing a club at the age of seven. Several junior championships later, he was being seen as a child prodigy.

Ghei turned professional in 1991 and five years on stunned the world with a brilliant win at the half a million dollar Gadgil Masters in 1996. But from then on, he was continually plagued with injuries, which limited his appearances.

Gaurav Ghei's career has been anything but smooth. This veteran of the game, though has bounced back everytime he's been down. And his latest win stands testimony to his resilient spirit and unputdownable talent.

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