Defending champion Phatlum Pornanong of Thailand will be among the leading players vying for top honours in the third DLF Women's Indian Open. The sole Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) event in India, the tournament will tee off with the pro-am on Tuesday and will be followed by three days of competition at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
Smriti Mehra, Tanya Wadhwa and Nalini Singh will spearhead the Indian challenge in the 66-player field.
Smriti was upbeat about her chances. "Though I've just undergone a major surgery, I'm going for nothing short of gold this time," she said.
Phatlum finished the season at the second spot on the LAGT's money list with earnings of $43,620.
"Going into the tournament after having qualified for the Ladies PGA Tour is good for my game. It has boosted my confidence level," said the 19-year-old Thai.
Carrying a prize-money of $120,000, the event will witness the cut being applied after two days, following which the top 50 golfers plus ties will compete in the final round.