Dozen Indians in a field full of world stars in Thai Golf Championships

PTI| Updated: Dec 10, 2013, 18:45 PM IST

Bangkok: Seasoned Jeev Milkha Singh and the young Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar will spearhead India`s challenge at the Thailand Golf Championships, which begins here this week.

While Bhullar and Lahiri will attempt to add one more title to one each they have already won this season, Jeev, India`s most successful golfer, is looking to end the year with a morale-boosting show during a season that has seen him dip as low as 281 in world rankings.

The field in Bangkok this week includes the most successful player of 2013, Swede Henrik Stenson, who emerged as the topper in FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the world`s two strongest Tours on either side of the Atlantic.

In a field with two of the world`s top four ranked players, there are also three Major champions.

Led by Masters winners Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel, also the defending champion, the field also has US Open winner, Justin Rose. Then there is Sergio Garcia and the Americans Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan and the Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa.

On another note, India`s golfing depth will once again be on display as 12 Indians -- Jeev, Bhullar, Lahiri, Digvijay Singh, SSP Chowrasia, Himmat Rai, Jyoti Randhawa, Sujjan Singh, C Muniyappa, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Abhijit Chadha and Abhinav Lohan -- will fight it out at Amata Spring from Thursday.

Jeev, after a decent start at the beginning of 2013 when he finished 17th at Volvo Champions on European Tour and 10th at Dubai Desert Classic besides three other top-25 finishes, has been hit hard by injury and woeful form in the second half of the season.

Since the BMW PGA Championships in early May, Jeev has missed 14 cuts and withdrawn once and made the cut only three times, of which two occasions were in Japan.