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Around 74 Indian golfers resign from PGAI

The players are discontented over the marketing of the sport by their marketing company, TSM.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 23:03 IST

As many as 74 Indian golfers, including top stars Jyoti Randhawa and Shiv Kapur, Thursday resigned from the Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI), throwing the sport in the country into turmoil.

The players are discontented over the marketing of the sport by their marketing company, Tiger Sports Marketing (TSM), and could launch a new body or run the tour themselves even as the issue has reached the court.

"All the players stand united. We are together and we want to see the game grow," said Ghei in a statement.

"The future of the game is in good hands as we have ambassadors on the PGA Tour, European, Japanese and Asian Tours and this is just another step to ensure that we have a solid foundation, to be able to take the game further," said European Tour regular Jyoti Randhawa from the Dunhill Championship in Scotland.

The PGAI board, comprising Ajai Gupta, Uttam Singh Mundy, Digvijay Singh, Arjun Singh, Amritinder Singh and Ranjit Singh, will also submit their resignations on Friday, said the statement.

"This is exactly what the Asian Tour did two years ago and it is time the players decided to take matters into their own hands and dictate their own future," said Gupta.

"This entire process was started solely with the future of Indian professional golf in mind."

Players who were dissatisfied with the marketing of the game by the Asian PGA formed the Asian Tour, which manages the continental circuit, in 2004.

"I think the Indian tour has gone the same way as the Asian Tour. A similar situation occurred with the Asian Tour and it's marketing company," Digvijay was quoted as saying from Taiwan.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 22:56 IST