Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jyoti Randhawa to lead Indian golfers in inaugural Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Tournament
Golf stars Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jyoti Randhawa will lead Team India in the inaugural Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Invitational at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on September 27.
The tournament will carry a total prize pool of Rs 1 crore and will feature 126 professional golfers to start. After two days, the top 50 players and ties will advance to the final two rounds.
The tournament will give amateur teams, made up of golfers, celebrities and business leaders, a chance to team up with the pros in rounds 3 and 4 to compete for separate team prizes.
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Apart from Bhullar and Randhawa, the Indian side includes names like Himmat Rai (Asian Tour winner), Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (4 PGTI wins), Manu Gandas (4 PGTI wins), Shamim Khan (15 PGTI wins) and Abhijit Singh. Chadha (3 PGTI wins), to name a few.
The most important foreign names in the field are those of Sri Lankan Mithun Perera (7 PGTI victories), Anura Rohana (6 PGTI victories), N Thangaraja (3 PGTI victories), Bangladeshi Jamal Hossain (3 PGTI victories ) and Australian Kunal Bhasin (3 PGTI wins). PGTI wins).
Gaganjeet Bhullar, winner of the Asian Tour this year, said: “It’s great to be back on the PGTI where I started my professional career. I am also delighted to return to the beautiful DLF Golf & Country Club, a venue where I have won in the past. I would like to thank Kapil Dev and Grant Thornton for organizing this event. I knew Kapil Dev and played golf with him several times. Hats off to him, after having achieved so much in cricket, he is working on the growth of Indian golf.
“It will be fun to play alongside Jyoti who I grew up watching and Yuvraj who has been in terrific form lately.”
Jyoti Randhawa, who has won multiple victories at DLF Golf & Country Club, said: “I would like to thank Mr Kapil Dev and Grant Thornton for hosting a full PGTI event on the Gary Player course at DLF Golf & Country Club. which, in my opinion, is among the best courses in the country. The course is very demanding from tee to green. You need to be straight off the tees, be precise with your second shots and need to negotiate hilly greens.
“The unique format is something that professionals and amateurs alike look forward to. While amateurs learn a lot about handling pressure playing alongside professionals, we professionals also learn a lot about how amateurs, many of whom come from the corporate world, handle the pressures of their jobs.
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