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Bonallack Trophy comes to India

other Updated: Apr 14, 2010 23:34 IST
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Rashid Khan will spearhead Asia-Pacific’s challenge when the Bonallack Trophy gets underway at Bangalore’s Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) from April 21. At world No. 11, Rashid is the first India amateur to break into top-20 and the Delhi Golf Club player will be required to play a pivotal role if the hosts are to loosen Europe’s grip on the cup.

After six editions, Europe lead 4-2, but this time, the “home advantage”, which brings with it searing conditions, will aid Asia-Pacific as they look to change the script after finishing second-best the last two times.

Named after Sir Michael Bonallack, a renowned amateur and secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews from 1984-99, this prestigious event, which happens every two years, is being held in Asia for only the second time.

Modelled on the Ryder Cup, the teams comprise of 12 players, who will be divided into pairs, and they'll engage in foursomes and fourballs on the first two days while the final day will witness 12 singles matches.