Star-studded field for Indian Open

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 17:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The creme de la creme of Indian
golf, including PGA Tour winner Arjun Atwal and seasoned stars
Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa, will be in action when
the Hero Honda Indian Open returns to its `spiritual home` --
the Delhi Golf Course -- for the 47th edition next month.

Held at the DLF Golf and Country Club last year, the USD
1.25 million Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of
India (PGTI) co-sanctioned event returns to the familiar
environs of the DGC with a star-studded field from December 2
to 5.

Besides the trio of Atwal, who made history by becoming
the first Indian to clinch a PGA title by lifting the Wyndham
Championship trophy in August, Jeev and Randhawa, the
tournament will also feature defending champion C Muniyappa,
Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia.

Of these, Randhawa has won the title thrice. Jeev, who
has not won the national open despite being a multiple winner
on the Asian and European Tour events, last played in the
Indian Open in 2008 when he finished fourth.

The tournament was moved to December this time instead of
the usual October due to the Commonwealth Games.

In all, the most high-profile event on the Indian golf
calendar would feature 38 Indians, 30 professionals and eight
amateurs.

One among these would be Anirban Lahiri, who has done
well in PGTI events -- the most recent being the BILT Open
last week.

"I have played at the DGC since I was 12. It`s a course
which rewards accuracy and a good short game. It`s easy to
lose your cool on a course like this. I finished third lat
time and I am very excited about playing at the DGC," he said
at a press conference to unveil the trophy.

The foreign stars who would tee off include Indian-origin
Swedish player Daniel Chopra and 2008 champion Liang
Wen-chong.

For the first time, all four days of the event will be
telecast live.

PTI

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