After months of uncertainty, the Hero Honda Indian Open is back at its favourite breeding ground --- the Delhi Golf Club (DGC). The last time DGC had played host was in 2008. Last year, the national Open had unfolded at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurgaon.
Though the richest full-field golfing event on the Asian Tour will not see an increase in the prize purse of $1.25 million, the 47th edition, scheduled from December 2-5, will see the strongest Indian challenge in recent years.
Leading the field will be Jeev Milkha Singh, two-time winner Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal, who became the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour when he won the Wyndham Championship in August,
Other notable names include defending champion C Muniyappa, Shiv Kapur, SSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri, who is raring to hold the coveted trophy, after defending the BILT Open at the Karnataka Golf Association last week.
The Indian Open was first staged at the DGC in 1964, and till 2000, it was shared between the DGC and Royal Calcutta Golf Club. The Classic Golf Resort had hosted it in twice in 2000 and 2001.
A first this year will be the live telecast of the joint-sanctioned event on all four days by ESPN-Star Sports.
Pace, Davies take battle to Indian Open
Europe's top-two Lee-Ann Pace and Laura Davies will take their battle for the order of merit to the wire when they clash in the Hero Honda Women's Indian Open, scheduled at the DLF Golf & Country Club from November 11-13.
South Africa's Pace, who grabbed her second straight title in as many weeks, will be looking forward to her first order of merit title while Davies, who has an enviable 73 titles worldwide, will be looking to add more silverware. Pace took over from Davies on top of the order of merit during her twin triumphs in China.
Adding spice to the battle will be two-time defending champion Phatlum Pornanong of Thailand, who is leading the order of merit on the Ladies Asian Tour.
Pace, won in a four-way playoff with USA's Hannah Jun, Paraguay's Julieta Granada and Netherlands' Christel Boeljon in the Suzhou-Taihu Ladies Open at the Suzhou-Taihu International Golf Club.
Pace will be competing in the Korean Ladies Open in Cheju Island before coming to India. Granada, who was tied for second, is also scheduled to play.
Other players with good finishes in China include Pornanong. She was tied eighth along with Korean Jeehae Lee and Kylie Walker of Wales, who will also tee up. India's Smriti Mehra tied for 55th while young Sharmila Nicollet missed the cut.
Digboi golf meet
Kolkata: The IndianOil XtraPremium Masters Golf will be held at the Digboi Golf Links in Assam from November 10-13. The pro-am will be held on November 9. The meet, part of the PGTI Tour, offers an increased prize purse of Rs 25 lakh with the winner getting Rs 4,04,125.