Top ranked Indian golfers gear up for Panasonic Open – Asian Tour News

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  • Top ranked Indian golfers gear up for Panasonic Open – Asian Tour News

The Asian Tour members have added another tournament this year. It will be Panasonic Open which is going to be held in India starting from next week. The sponsor has already sanctioned a handsome amount of US$ 300,000 which has attracted Asia’s top ranked players.

This four day event will be starting from 6th April at the par-72, Delhi Golf course. This is an old course and was designed by the famous Arnold Palmer. The first tournament of Avantha Masters was also played on this championship course.

The Indian charge will be led by three players. Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia, the youngster Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jyoti Randhawa. All these players are regular Asian and European Tour players. They also have had the exposure to play against the best of Europe.

Chowrasia who has gained popularity over the years will be among the favourites to win the championship. He already has won the inaugural tournament of Avantha Masters this year and is also exempted for European Tour. The 32-year-old will be highlighting the tournament as he has confirmed his participation.

It is for sure that the galleries around Shiv enjoy watching him play. He is well known as “Chipputtsia” among his colleagues. It was three years back when he won his first ever Asian Tour event of Indian Masters. The 32-year-old won this tournament against players like Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn and Maarten Lafeber.   

Chowrasia after winning the Avantha Masters also holds the number one spot in Asian Tour Order of Merit.

As for the veteran Randhawa, he already has eight Asian Tour victories in his career. His last win came two years back at Singha Thailand Open where he played remarkably on all the four days. He also posted his name in the history books when Jyoti won the Asian Tour Order of Merit almost nine years back.

The 38-year-old will be looking forward to adding another victory to his career bag. He is all charged up for next week’s tournament and is hoping to lift another title on his home soil. Jyoti finished among the top-10 while playing in SAIL Open.   

Jyoti while giving an interview said, “It is great. Two tournaments on the same golf course in the span of two weeks is good for the Indian golfers because we tend to play better here. I’m looking forward to it”.

Bhullar has already impressed many in his early career. At a young age of 22, he hits the ball longer than anyone in his compatriots. He also has an impressive record. There are two victories which came his way. The youngster had an opportunity in SAIL Open but failed to produce brilliance in the final round.

The event will surely be a star-studded one as the best from Asia have confirmed their entry. All these three players will be facing a tough task ahead of them as Thai great Thaworn Wiratchant and SAIL Open winner Kirdech Aphibarnrat have confirmed their names.


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