Robin Bose

Robin Bose has more than two decades of experience as a sports reporter. He specialises in writing on golf.

Articles by Robin Bose

Grazing ground a ray of hope for pro golfers in Mhow

The prospect of changing tack made him feel worse than in early 2008, when he wanted to quit the game after failing to make cut in six appearances on the domestic tour.

All of these golfers—a group of roughly 12—now practice their game on the grazing grounds.(HT Photo)
All of these golfers—a group of roughly 12—now practice their game on the grazing grounds.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2019 02:36 PM IST
Mhow | By

Links golf like acquired taste, says Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma can reel off the challenges that lurk at the Augusta National in a flash, but even for the young loyalist, the grandeur of The Open is unmatched and an experience that cannot be captured in words.

A file photo of golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
A file photo of golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 16, 2019 08:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Anirban Lahiri eager to tackle testing US Open course

For the 31-year-old, this week’s venue is the “St Andrews of US Open”, stirring him into being a part of the year’s third Major.

File image of Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri.(AFP)
File image of Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 12, 2019 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Anirban Lahiri’s mantra: I am like a horse that has to be blinkered

Anirban Lahiri thinks back to his best finish so far at the PGA tour, a tied-second at the 2017 Memorial Tournament in Ohio, and how that came at the back of a difficult run.

Anirban Lahiri of India plays a shot during practice prior to the start of the AT&T Byron Nelson.(AFP)
Anirban Lahiri of India plays a shot during practice prior to the start of the AT&T Byron Nelson.(AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2019 11:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Exclusive - Lessons learnt to come in handy for Shubhankar Sharma

For Shubhankar, it is about setting things right, and the 22-year-old hopes Mickelson, given the time they spent in the leader group last year, will be at hand to view his attempt to finish better than T9 after leading for two rounds.

File image of India golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
File image of India golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 21, 2019 09:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Shubhankar Sharma focuses on European Tour, top-50 ranking

The world No 119 tees off at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week and will be under spotlight, considering that he led into the final round of his first PGA Tour event last year.

File image of Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
File image of Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 14, 2019 03:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mewat | By

Viraj Madappa eyes success at Delhi Golf Course

Viraj Madappa comes into this week on the heels of a top-five at the Yeangder TPC in Chinese Taipei, and even though intentions were announced with “I am going to be the man to beat”, there will be no change in the critical way he views his golf.

Viraj Madappa hits a shot during round three of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.(AFP)
Viraj Madappa hits a shot during round three of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 11:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Christine takes four-shot lead at halfway mark

Christine is now driven by the desire to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a strong finish at the DLF Golf and Country Club will further her cause.

File picture of Christine Wolf(Getty Images)
File picture of Christine Wolf(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 08:44 AM IST
Gurgaon | By

Indian Golf Union gets government lifeline to put house in order

After being derecognised in April for non-compliance with the National Sport Code, Indian Golf Union, at its EGM in June, met the Ministry’s demand to amend its constitution and then-president Wg Cdr Satish Aparajit (retd) stepped down as his term had ended.

Indian Golf Union applied for renewal of annual recognition in July(Getty Images)
Indian Golf Union applied for renewal of annual recognition in July(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 07:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Viraj Madappa becomes youngest Indian golfer to win Asian Tour title

Viraj Madappa, cheered on by hordes of teenaged fans as he finished the $350,000 event on 16 under par, became the youngest Indian to claim an Asian Tour title.

Bengaluru: Indian golfer Viraj Madappa kisses the trophy after winning of the Take Solutions Masters, Asian Tour Championship held at the Karnataka Golf Association in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Bengaluru: Indian golfer Viraj Madappa kisses the trophy after winning of the Take Solutions Masters, Asian Tour Championship held at the Karnataka Golf Association in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By

One stroke behind, Khalin Joshi eyes breakout win

Khalin Joshi learnt his golf at the Karnataka Golf Association and Shubhankar Sharma has a fair bit of experience of playing here on the Professional Golf Tour of India before graduating to bigger tours.

Khalin Joshi of India looks on after playing a shot during the penultimate day of Take Solutions Masters, Asian Tour Championship held at the Karnataka Golf Association in Bangalore on August 11, 2018.(AFP)
Khalin Joshi of India looks on after playing a shot during the penultimate day of Take Solutions Masters, Asian Tour Championship held at the Karnataka Golf Association in Bangalore on August 11, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2018 08:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By

Indian golf: driven to a bunker

Affordability and access play a key part in a sport taking root, and a lot more needs to be done in Indian golf. Barring a fistful of public golf courses and driving ranges in urban areas, the sport is still driven by exclusivity or the colonial club culture, breeding deterring awe among the masses

Scheduling of amateur golf tours is such in India that it is a toss-up between missing school and crisscrossing the country.(HT Photo)
Scheduling of amateur golf tours is such in India that it is a toss-up between missing school and crisscrossing the country.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 07:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Indian Golf Union faces a split after stormy meeting

On paper, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) has met the demands of the Sports Ministry for getting back recognition, but the manner in which changes have been carried out has caused concern.

De-recognised since April and the Asian Games just two months away, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) is in a hurry to get back the Sports Ministry’s approval and the benefits that come with it. (Image for representational purpose only)(HT Photo)
De-recognised since April and the Asian Games just two months away, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) is in a hurry to get back the Sports Ministry’s approval and the benefits that come with it. (Image for representational purpose only)(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 01:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Indian Golf Union meet for amending rules termed ‘illegal’

After repeated reminders, the Sports Ministry had derecognised Indian Golf Union in April for failure to hold elections and non-compliance with the National Sports Code.

The Indian golf union is in all sorts of trouble with the sports ministry.(NYT)
The Indian golf union is in all sorts of trouble with the sports ministry.(NYT)
Published on May 20, 2018 08:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

2010 Asian Games golf medallist still awaits Uttar Pradesh government job

Rahul Bajaj, who won team silver in golf at the Guangzhou Asian Games, was promised a job in the UP government but administrators have since given him the cold shoulder.

Rahul Bajaj won the team sliver medal in golf at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.(HT Photo)
Rahul Bajaj won the team sliver medal in golf at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2018 07:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sports code: Golf body calls June meeting to fall in line

Indian Golf Union has called for an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) in the first week of June to ring in change in its constitution.The move seems to have been hastened by the latest missive from the sports ministry dated April 20.

The now-derecognised Indian Golf Union (IGU) is under pressure from the sports ministry to hold elections and amend its constitution.(HT Photo)
The now-derecognised Indian Golf Union (IGU) is under pressure from the sports ministry to hold elections and amend its constitution.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2018 10:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rahil Gangjee buries ghost of the past with Panasonic Open golf title

Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee pulled off a thrilling one-shot victory to end 14-year title drought after the Volkswagen Masters title in 2004.

Rahil Gangee won a golf tournament after 14 long years, at the Panasonic Open in Osaka.(Asian Tour/Twitter)
Rahil Gangee won a golf tournament after 14 long years, at the Panasonic Open in Osaka.(Asian Tour/Twitter)
Published on Apr 22, 2018 05:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Honey Baisoya sweeps to four-shot win at Delhi-NCR Open golf

Honey Baisoya reeled in overnight leader Shamim Khan to emerge victorious in the Delhi-NCR Open golf tournament in Noida on Friday.

Honey Baisoya emerged victorious in the Delhi-NCR Open golf tournament in Noida on Friday.(HT Photo)
Honey Baisoya emerged victorious in the Delhi-NCR Open golf tournament in Noida on Friday.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2018 07:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Noida | By

Leader Shamim Khan backs experience to seal victory in Delhi-NCR Open golf

Seasoned golfer Shamim Khan takes a one-shot lead into the final day of the Delhi-NCR Open golf, having braved fever all week to play in the Professional Golf Tour of India event.

Shamim Khan takes a one-shot lead into the final day of the Delhi-NCR Open golf, having braved fever all week to play in the Professional Golf Tour of India event.(HT Photo)
Shamim Khan takes a one-shot lead into the final day of the Delhi-NCR Open golf, having braved fever all week to play in the Professional Golf Tour of India event.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2018 06:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Noida | By

Om Prakash Chouhan, Delhi-NCR Open joint-leader, has eyes on Asian Tour Q-School

Om Prakash Chouhan, who took the joint-lead at the Delhi-NCR Open in Noida on Wednesday, is eyeing a successful campaign at the Asian Tour Q-School

Om Prakash Chouhan took the joint-lead at the Delhi-NCR Open alongside Karandeep Kochhar in Noida on Thursday.(HT photo)
Om Prakash Chouhan took the joint-lead at the Delhi-NCR Open alongside Karandeep Kochhar in Noida on Thursday.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 11:47 PM IST
Noida | By

Naman Dawar takes lead at Delhi-NCR Open with course record in Noida

Naman Dawar’s eight-under 64, a course record at the Noida Golf Course, saw him take a one-stroke lead over Karandeep Kochhar after Day One of the Delhi-NCR Open on Tuesday

Naman Dawar shot an eight-under 64 to take the lead at the Delhi-NCR Open in Noida on Tuesday.(HT photo)
Naman Dawar shot an eight-under 64 to take the lead at the Delhi-NCR Open in Noida on Tuesday.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 08:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

After derecognition, infighting bogey in Indian Golf Union

The Indian Golf Union is plagued with infighting after the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) decided to withhold recognition to the governing body due to their failure to implement the National Sports Code and conduct elections

Indian Golf Union will lose its recognition from April 1, 2018, for its failure to implement the National Sports Code.(Getty Images/Flickr RF)
Indian Golf Union will lose its recognition from April 1, 2018, for its failure to implement the National Sports Code.(Getty Images/Flickr RF)
Updated on Apr 15, 2018 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Golfers face bogey as sports ministry derecognises Indian Golf Union

The sports ministry had renewed recognition to several NSFs (national sports federations) for the year in January but in the case of Indian Golf Union (IGU), the recognition was till March 31, 2018,

The Indian Olympic Association too had urged the Indian Golf Union (IGU) to fall in line. (Image for representation only)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The Indian Olympic Association too had urged the Indian Golf Union (IGU) to fall in line. (Image for representation only)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 08:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rags to riches: How golf bridged the wide gap for SSP Chawrasia, Shubhankar Sharma

Indian golfers like SSP Chawrasia, Shubhankar Sharma and Anirban Lahiri are proof that young amateurs from middle-class backgrounds are now taking up the expensive sport of golf.

Shubhankar Sharma has been the most successful Indian golfer in the past year.(AFP)
Shubhankar Sharma has been the most successful Indian golfer in the past year.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 04:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Matt Wallace claims playoff for Indian Open golf title, Shubhankar Sharma tied 7th

Shubhankar Sharma slipped on the final day while Matt Wallace, overnight joint leader with Shubankhar, won on the extra hole against Andrew Johnston to claim the Hero Indian Open European Tour joint-sanctioned event.

Matt Wallace prevailed in a play-off with Andrew Johnston to win the Indian Open golf title on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Matt Wallace prevailed in a play-off with Andrew Johnston to win the Indian Open golf title on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2018 07:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon | By

Sizzling Shubhankar Sharma sinks course record in Indian Open golf

Shubhankar Sharma, in red-hot form, reeled off eight-under for the day to be just four shots behind halfway leader Emiliano Grillo of Argentina at the Indian Open golf

Shubhankar Sharma broke the course record at the Indian Open golf in Gurgaon on Friday.(Getty Images)
Shubhankar Sharma broke the course record at the Indian Open golf in Gurgaon on Friday.(Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 09:55 PM IST
Gurgaon | By

Indian Open golf: Emiliano Grillo in lead, Shubhankar Sharma tied 57th on day one

Day one of the Indian Open golf tournament saw Emiliano Grillo take the lead, whilst young Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma finished tied 57th.

Day one of the Indian Open golf tournament saw Emiliano Grillo take the lead, whilst young Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma finished tied 57th.(AFP)
Day one of the Indian Open golf tournament saw Emiliano Grillo take the lead, whilst young Indian sensation Shubhankar Sharma finished tied 57th.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 08, 2018 09:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon | By

‘Humble’ Shubhankar Sharma eyes Indian Open golf title

He wooed the world in his maiden PGA Tour appearance and India’s latest golf sensation Shubhankar Sharma will expectedly be the cynosure of all eyes when he tees off on home turf, leading a galaxy of local stars at the 54th Indian Open, starting on Thursday.

India’s Shubhankar Sharma plays a practice round (at the DLF Golf and Country Club) ahead of the Indian Open golf tournament, starting on Thursday.(Getty Images)
India’s Shubhankar Sharma plays a practice round (at the DLF Golf and Country Club) ahead of the Indian Open golf tournament, starting on Thursday.(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 07, 2018 10:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon | By

Shiv Kapur targets Indian Open golf with aggressive approach

Shiv Kapur is one of top Indian contenders at the Indian Open golf. Kapur had a phenomenal 2017 season, which saw him win thrice on the Asian Tour

Shiv Kapur is hoping to do well at the Indian Open starting from Thursday.(AFP)
Shiv Kapur is hoping to do well at the Indian Open starting from Thursday.(AFP)
Published on Mar 06, 2018 06:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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