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Strong field in line for Women's Indian Open

other Updated: Nov 08, 2011 23:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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DLF Golf and Country Club

Come December and the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon will be abuzz with activity, playing host to the Hero Women's Indian Open for the fifth consecutive year.

The $300,000 (R1.48 crore) event, tri-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET), Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI) will see 108 players teeing off from December 9-11.

Defending champion Laura Davies of England, two-time former champion Phatlum Pornanong of Thailand, four-time LET money list champion Sophie Gustafson of Sweden have already confirmed their participation. The Indian challenge will be led by Simi Mehra and Sharmila Nicollet. For the winner, a two-year exemption on the LET is up for grabs.

There will be two noticeable changes in this edition. The field has been shortened to 108 from 123 and the size of the course has been reduced by 115 yards.