Golf: Swinging Days are back for Indians, 10 events planned over the next 100 days

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Indian golfers are resuming their action on a large scale after a Covid-19 break. The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has announced 10 events for the remainder of the year, starting with the Golconda Masters in Hyderabad on Thursday September 2nd. The year ends with the Tata Steel Tour Championship in Jamshedpur on December 16 with a total prize offering a whopping Rs 6.6 crore.

Golfers also receive official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points and can improve their chances of participating in the prestigious Asian Tour.

At the season opener in Hyderabad, defending champion and Olympic participant from Tokyo Udayan Mane is aiming for his third title. The first time he won in 2018.

“My work on my swing, my fitness and my mental health has started. I work when I play in the tournaments, ”Udayan told indianexpress.com. Udayan finished 56th out of 60 participants, while compatriot Anirbhan Lahiri finished 42nd in the recently concluded Olympic Games.

“I’ve changed the way I train so far. I’m now using my brain (laughs) not just blindly hitting the ball and trying to change myself. I understand a lot more about myself and am looking forward to a good performance, ”said the 30-year-old, who has won eleven titles so far.

About his fitness level, Udayan said, “I’ve just started working on it, more than before. I think the future looks good. “

Other top Indian professionals taking part in the Hyderabad tournament are Karandeep Kochhar, Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa, Aman Raj and the former masters Chikkarangappa S (2019) and Harendra Gupta (2015).

Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO of PGTI, announced his collaboration with ‘American Express’ and ‘Amrutanjan Health Care Limited’ as tour partners. Cricket legend Kapil Dev, who joined PGTI as a board member, urged companies to join the bandwagon and recalled Aditi Ashok’s fabulous performance at the Tokyo Olympics. “If we move forward and support our golfers, they can easily become world champions and medalists.”

Golconda Masters is the only event in the south. The J&K Open at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar and the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship at the Delhi Golf Club are returning to competitive mode after a break of seven years. The Delhi event is not sanctioned by the Asian Tour, but PGTI will host an event here for the first time since 2014.

The oldest of the 10 events is IndianOil Servo Masters Golf and its 21st edition will be held at the Digboi Golf Links in Digboi, Assam. It offers a wallet of Rs 60 lakh.

Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational in Chandigarh and the Tata Steel Tour Championship at the end of the season in Jamshedpur are the richest tournaments with 1.5 billion rupees each.

SCHEDULE

Golconda Masters Telangana Open 2021 at Hyderabad Golf Club, Hyderabad from September 2nd to 5th (Rs 40 Lakh)

TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship at Panchkula Golf Club, Panchkula from September 8th to 11th (Rs 50 lakh)

J&K Open 2021 at Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar September 15-18 (Rs 40 Lakh)

TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship at the Delhi Golf Club, Delhi from October 5th to 8th (Rs 50 lakh)

Jaipur Open at Rambagh Golf Club, Jaipur October 12-15 (Rs 40 Lakh)

IndianOil Servo Masters at Digboi Golf Links, Digboi from October 25th to 31st (Rs 60 lakh)

Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational at Chandigarh Golf Club, Chandigarh November 11-14 (Rs 1.5 crore)

ICC-RCGC Open Golf Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata from November 25th to 28th (Rs 40 Lakh)

Pune Open Golf Championship on the Poona Club Golf Course, Pune from 1st-4th December (Rs 40 lakh)

Tata Steel Tour Championship at Golmuri & Beldih Golf Club, Jamshedpur December 16-19 (Rs 1.5 crore)