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.
Sourabh Verma and RMV Gurusai Datt continued their rampaging run in the Indian Open Super Series, notching up contrasting wins in the second round to reach the quarterfinals of the men`s singles event at the Siri Fort Complex.
Young shuttler Sourabh Verma created the biggest upset of the day when he sent Athens Olympics bronze medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro packing in straight games in the first round of the Indian Open Super Series.
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".
Manav Jaini came tantalizingly close to the biggest professional win of his career but nerves got the better of him in the end as the Hero Honda Indian Open had a non-Indian winner in Sweden`s Rikard Karlberg after the final round
A nervy Manav Jaini was erratic throughout, while Mukesh Kumar too let slip a good start but they were still the highest-placed Indians on the leaderboard at tied 3rd after the final round of Hero Honda Indian Open golf tournament
Jaini, who is a product of the Delhi Golf Course and has only recently started playing “decent golf” by his own admission, had a two-day total of five-under 139, which is just a stroke behind the leading duo.
Arjun Atwal`s homecoming after the PGA Tour triumph would expectedly hog the limelight even as a rather unassuming defending champion C Muniyappa & Jyoti Randhawa look to strike form at the Hero Honda Indian Open golf tournament.
Short of practice but rejuvenated after a break, India`s first PGA Tour title winning golfer Arjun Atwal said he is aiming to round off his consistent year by lifting the Hero Honda Indian Open for the first time in 11 years.
Sharmila Nicollet has her task cut
out for this week`s Hero Honda Indian Open but the rising
golfer said she wants to be the first Indian women to win the
USD 30,000 golf tournament starting on Thursday.
He scripted history by becoming
the first Indian to notch up a PGA Tour win but that is just not enough for Arjun Atwal, who wants to sign off his "incredible" season by winning next month`s Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Course.
With the Indian Open just a week away, 22 Indian paddlers started a vigorous training session at the newly-constructed Yamuna Sports Complex, under the watchful eyes of foreign coach Massimo Constantini.
With stars like Jeev Milkha Singh missing and rest struggling with form, youngster Gaganjeet Bhullar is the top contender in the USD 1.25 million Indian Open golf tournament which tees off at DLF Golf and Country Club here.