The Indian Open golf tournament is set to make its return to Asian Tour schedule with the 48th edition of the event, scheduled to be held from October 13-16, offering a record prize purse of USD 1.5 million.
Indian golfer Arjun Atwal`s historic PGA title triumph today fetched him a place in the list of nominees for the Asian Tour`s Special Achievement Award along with Korean teen Noh Seung-yul and Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit.
Indian golf`s marquee event, the Hero Honda Indian Open, does not figure in the Asian Tour`s 2011 provisional schedule but the Indian Golf Union insisted that the USD 1.25 million tournament would be alloted a slot "very soon".
The Asian Tour`s 2010 schedule will offer some USD 40 million in prize money and feature at least five new events, as well as a new secondary circuit for emerging talent, the golf tour announced on Tuesday.
As US President Barack Obama gets ready to leave Washington on a four-nation maiden sojourn to Asia, top administration official on Tuesday said these are attempts to renew America`s alliance in the region.
Young Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar came agonisingly close to a second successive Asian Tour title but a missed birdie put paid to his chances as he lost a three-way play-off to finish runners-up at the Brunei Open here today.