Just a day after the Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI) announced a revamped golf tour with a higher money stake — aimed at mending differences with the rebel players, the newly-formed Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) carried on with their unrelenting approach and unveiled the trophy for the Bilt Open, their first event of the season.
It would have been like any other ordinary event, but for the fact that the players used the dais to blast the PGAI and its marketing company again.
The latest to join the list of the critics of the PGAI was Shiv Kapur, who said there was no way the players could compete in two tours simultaneously.
It should be noted that on Thursday, the PGAI and its marketing company, Tiger Sports Marketing, had asked the rebel players to compete in their Tour tournaments also.
The PGTI members see this as a sort of diplomatic victory; asked to comment on the PGAI request, most of them said that the announcement of higher prize funds by the PGAI constitutes “a face-saving act”.
“Where was this money before? Now that they do not have anyone, they are bringing in more money,” asked one of the players.
The Bilt Open in Greater Noida will also feature Jyoti Randhawa and Kapur. “This is big money. All this talk that the top players don't play on domestic tour is nonsense. If there is no money, why should we compete? With the money now, we'll definitely be there,” said Randhawa.
It should be noted that the TSM and the PGAI have put up four events for this year. Three of them were worth Rs 20 lakh while the prize money in the fourth was $1,00,000.