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  • Southampton, Bermuda, 28-10-2020

    Anirban Lahiri: I’m close to playing my best golf

    Indian star Anirban Lahiri has made a decent start to the 2020-21 PGA Tour season having posted a tied sixth and two other finishes inside the top-40 from his three starts so far. These are some positive signs for the former Asia No. 1 who had a forgettable 2019-20 PGA Tour season where he didn’t secure a single top-25 finish.

    In a virtual interview conducted by the PGA Tour ahead of this week’s Bermuda Championship, Anirban spoke about his current form, spending time in I...

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  • New Delhi, 09-10-2020

    TATA Steel PGTI to resume events from 4th November 2020; Five events to be played this year; PGTI season to be extended to 2021

    The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is set to resume events from November 4, 2020, after a forced break of over seven months due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown.

    Five events are scheduled to be played in 2020 and the current season has been extended to 2021. PGTI will not stage the Qualifying School event for 2021. The criteria for eligibility of players to play events in 2020 will also be extended to 2021.

    The PGTI has formulated strict...

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  • Jackson, Mississippi, 03-10-2020

    Lahiri posts a 70, continues in tied seventh at halfway stage of Sanderson Farms Championship

    Anirban Lahiri (66-70) posted a fighting two-under-70 to continue in tied seventh position after round two of the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

    Hitting only three fairways at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi, the 33-year-old carded four birdies against a double bogey for a two-day total of eight-under-136 to trail the leader American Keegan Bradley by five shots.

    Lahiri made a promising start to his round with birdies on holes 12, 13 and 15. He sank...

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  • Jackson, Mississippi, 02-10-2020

    Anirban Lahiri makes a superb start with opening 66 at Sanderson Farms Championship, lies tied seventh, two off the lead

    Anirban Lahiri seems to have continued from where he left off in the Dominican Republic last week as he shot a flawless opening round of six-under-66 at the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship to be placed tied seventh, two off the lead.

    The 33-year-old Lahiri had posted a creditable tied sixth, his first top-10 on the tour in nearly two years, at last week’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

    Four players – Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chapp...

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  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 28-09-2020

    Anirban Lahiri secures a creditable tied sixth at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship; Lahiri’s first top-10 on the PGA Tour in almost two years lifts him from 690 to 532 in the world ranking and earns him a spot at next week’s event

    India’s Anirban Lahiri secured a creditable tied sixth place at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on Sunday to register his first top-10 on the PGA Tour in almost two years.

    The 33-year-old Anirban (69-72-64-70), lying tied seventh and six off the lead after the penultimate round, shot a two-under-70 in the last round to finish with a total of 13-under 275 at the USD 4 million event.

    Lahiri’s final round featured four birdies and two bogeys and s...

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  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 27-09-2020

    Anirban Lahiri’s exceptional third round of 64 catapults him to tied seventh, six off the lead, at the Corales Championship; Arjun Atwal in tied 36th

    India’s Anirban Lahiri (69-72-64) shot an exceptional third round of eight-under-64 that catapulted him 47 spots to tied seventh at the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Lahiri, who was tied 54th at the halfway stage, now lies six shots off the lead with a total of 11-under-205. American Adam Long sits atop the leaderboard at 17-under-199 two ahead of compatriot Hudson Swafford.

    Arjun Atwal (73-68-69), the other Indian in...

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  • 11-09-2020

    PGTI winners Sujjan Singh and Mandeo Singh Pathania follow a different career path away from Indian shores

    Indian professionals Sujjan Singh and Mandeo Singh Pathania, both winners on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), have followed a different career path in recent years having established themselves as successful golf coaches in foreign lands.

    Sujjan, who hails from Chandigarh and is a winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and two-time winner on the PGTI, moved base to Dubai in late 2018 and took up coaching at The Els Club. On the other hand, Mandeo, who was originally bas...

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  • New Delhi, 31-08-2020

    Gaurav Ghei walks down memory lane, relives career milestones

    Gaurav Ghei was among the first few Indian professional golfers who made a name for themselves on the international stage. Ghei’s name is etched among the pantheon of Indian golfing greats as some of the landmark achievements of his career also happened to be defining moments for Indian golf.

    The 51-year-old Gaurav, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, took a walk down memory lane and relived his career milestones when he spoke to PGTI recently.

    Ghei who was India&rsqu...

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  • 26-08-2020

    PGTI Season in Review - 2006-07: Dawn of a new era in Indian golf with inception of PGTI, Ashok Kumar dominates inaugural season with five wins

    Indian professional golf witnessed the dawn of a new era with the birth of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) in September 2006. PGTI, the controlling body for professional golf in India, was formed as a ‘body by the players for the players’ which was to operate in the same manner as most other international professional tours.

    The PGTI was founded with Mr. Gautam Thapar (Chairman & CEO, Avantha Group) as its President. The Governing Board comprised of leading...

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  • Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 12-08-2020

    Arjun Atwal returns to Wyndham Championship, the scene of his historic triumph a decade back

    Arjun Atwal, one of India’s most decorated golfers, returns to the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship this week, the scene of his most memorable triumph a decade back. It was at the 2010 Wyndham Championship staged at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, that one of the most glorious chapters in Indian golfing history was written as Atwal became the first Indian to capture a PGA Tour title and conquer uncharted territory.

    The 47-year-old Arjun, still the...

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  • 04-08-2020

    Rewind: When Anirban Lahiri posted a momentous 12-under-60 to set the record for the lowest-to-par 18-hole score on the PGTI

    Anirban Lahiri took the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort by storm as he dished out a momentous 12-under-60 in round two of the BILT Open 2011 on November 3. Lahiri thus set the record for the lowest-to-par 18-hole score on the PGTI.

     

    Lahiri, who shot a one-under-71 in round one, now enjoys a three-stroke lead as his total reads 13-under-131. Chiragh Kumar is placed second at 10-under-134.

     

    The cut was declared at four-over-148. Sixty-two profession...

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  • 17-07-2020

    Srinagar Diary 2014

    Here are some interesting snippets from the PGTI Kashmir Masters 2014 held at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar.

     

    The 5th hole, an artist’s delight

    The Royal Springs Golf Course at Srinagar is in many ways a microcosm of the Kashmir valley. The Zabarwan Hills forming the backdrop, the proximity to the Dal Lake, the changes in elevation and the flora and fauna, make Royal Springs truly representative of the region. The highligh...

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  • Chandigarh, 12-07-2020

    Learning the piano aids Ajeetesh Sandhu’s fluency on golf course

    Not commonly known, music has had a hand in Ajeetesh Sandhu’s success on the golf course. The Yeangder TPC and Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational, his recent successes on the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India respectively, were a sail courtesy the tracks that played in the mind. The composition changes each day of a week, but whenever Sandhu can string together a list of his liking during a tournament, he plays well. Another pointer to this delicate fusion is the T2 finish...

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  • New Delhi, 11-07-2020

    Leading Golf Pros Get a First Feel of the Newly Designed Delhi Golf Club Course – Play a Round to Help Raise Funds for Covid-19 Relief

    • European and Asian Tour Pros Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar played their first round of Golf at the newly re-designed Delhi Golf Club (DGC) course
    • Card Rounds of -5 at the DGC in New Delhi
    • Cricket Legend Kapil Dev and former India cricketer Murali Kartik completed the four-ball with efforts of 76 each
    • This one-of-a-kind charity event helped to raise Rs 50 lacs to aid Covid relief efforts by NGO Magic Bus India.
    • Chennai based industrialis...
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  • Chandigarh, 08-07-2020

    Jeev Milkha Singh looks back on his formative years and glorious moments

    Indian golfing great Jeev Milkha Singh, who like most sportsmen around the world, has been away from the rigours of competitive sport for the last few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, recently took time out to speak to PGTI where he reflected on some interesting aspects from his formative years and his glittering professional career.

    The 48-year-old Jeev, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, has been widely regarded as India’s most successful professional g...

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  • 04-07-2020

    Pahalgam Diary 2014

    Here are some interesting snippets from the J&K Bank PGTI Pahalgam Masters 2014 held at the Lidder Valley Golf Course in Pahalgam.

     

    Scaring away the crows

    Crows wreaked havoc at the Lidder Valley Golf Course as they picked up a number of golf balls on a daily basis taking them to be eggs. The professionals however, came up with an innovative idea to keep the crows at bay and ensure the safety of their golf balls. The balls were marked with li...

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  • 25-06-2020

    Chief Ministers at PGTI events

    Here’s a look at the sitting Chief Ministers who graced PGTI sanctioned & co-sanctioned events.

    The Hon'ble Prime Minister and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi was the Chief Guest at the prize presentation ceremony of the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge staged in 2011 at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad. The Chief Minister also practiced some putting before the prize presentation. The event was jointly sanctioned...

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  • Kolkata, 18-06-2020

    Life away from golf, Rahil Gangjee banks on fitness and Tiger to stay motivated

    Rahil Gangjee’s playing area has shrunk from a 7300-yard golf course to a makeshift 20-foot chip-putt facility in a corner of his drawing room. Among Indian golfers active on international tours, Gangjee has been hit the hardest. The Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO), where the 41-year-old is the only one from this land with full playing rights, stopped operations after just one event into the 2020 season. One of the first nations to deal with the pandemic after the virus spread from...

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  • New Delhi, 15-06-2020

    Top Golf Bodies Rally behind ‘Champions for a Cause - Charity Golf Match’

    • India’s First Covid-19 Relief Sporting Event
    • Event aims to raise INR 1 crore in aid of renowned charity Magic Bus’ Covid -19 Relief Efforts

     

    New Delhi, June 16, 2020: The ‘Champions for a Cause- Charity Golf Match’, India’s first live sport event post the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown and also the first domestic sports event for Covid-19 relief, received a huge boost today when top Golfing bod...

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  • 10-06-2020

    Kapil Kumar has most course records on PGTI

    Delhi golfer Kapil Kumar has the distinction of having the most number of course records on the PGTI. The 28-year-old has three course records against his name.

    While Kapil is the sole holder of the course record of 10-under-62 at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club in Chittagong, he is also the joint holder of the course records of seven-under-65 at Coimbatore Golf Club and eight-under-63 at Poona Club Golf Course.

     

    Here’s a look at the details of h...

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  • 01-06-2020

    Dhruv Sheoran’s unique feat of winning in his first two starts after turning professional

    Dhruv Sheoran of the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram, achieved a unique feat on the PGTI when he won events in his first two starts after turning professional during the 2018 PGTI Feeder Tour season.

    Sheoran, at age 23, won the first two events of the 2018 PGTI Feeder Tour season in the last week of May.

    The rookie golfer, also the 2017 PGTI Qualifying School champion, bagged his maiden professional title after emerging triumphant by one shot at the first PGTI Feeder...

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  • 01-06-2020

    VIRAJ MADAPPA - When Madappa’s leap of faith resulted in a shot to cherish for years

    Have you ever hit a shot that not only elevated your confidence for that one particular round, but was so good that you start using it as a visualizing template later in your career? It certainly happened with Viraj Madappa.

    It was during the final round of the 2018 Take Solutions Masters at the KGA Golf Course in Bengaluru. Madappa, an ‘adopted’ local hero having moved to the city from Kolkata to be with his coach Tarun Sardesai, was in contention going into the final r...

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  • 29-05-2020

    When Tiger calling was heard at Digboi Golf Links during the 2015 IndianOil Servo Masters Golf

    The picturesque Digboi Golf Links located at Digboi in Assam has been the venue for the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf, one of the longest running tournaments on the Indian domestic circuit, since 1999. The historic Digboi Golf Links, one of the premier tournament venues in the North-Eastern region of the country, is truly a golfer’s delight.

    The course is a ‘one of its kind’ in terms of ambience as it is situated among the lush tea estates and thick forest of easter...

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  • 27-05-2020

    When Jyoti Randhawa and Digvijay Singh put up a breathtaking display of skydiving as a precursor to the 10th TATA Open 2011

    Two of India’s leading professional golfers, Jyoti Randhawa and Digvijay Singh, kick-started the 10th TATA Open 2011 on November 23 in grand fashion with their breathtaking display of skydiving at the Beldih Golf Course in Jamshedpur. This was the first time ever that a skydiving performance was held at a golf course in India.

    Jyoti and Digvijay, both of whom are highly skilled and experienced skydivers, performed their act of daredevilry from an approximate altitude of 7000 fee...

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  • 26-05-2020

    UDAYAN MANE - A 100-yard snap-hook that kickstarted Mane’s dream run

    Second shot, par-5 18th hole, Final Round

    2019 TATA Steel Tour Championship, Golmuri Golf Club

    Harvesting 20 Official World Golf Ranking points out of a maximum possible 22 in his last four PGTI starts, Udayan Mane was the undisputed king of the domestic circuit when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the action to a grinding halt.

    The Pune golfer’s all-conquering run started with season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship in Golmuri Golf Club in the l...

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  • 26-05-2020

    Indians at the Majors

    Here’s a look at all the stats and records relating to Indians at the Majors.

     

    Anirban Lahiri - 16 Major appearances

    Masters - 2 appearances (2015 - Tied 49th, 2016 - Tied 42nd)

    PGA Championship - 5 appearances (2014 - Missed Cut, 2015 - Tied 5th, 2016 Read More

  • 23-05-2020

    PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit Champions down the years

    Here’s a look at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champions down the years.

     

    2010

    Maniram Sharma of Karnal won the PGTI Feeder Tour’s Order of Merit for 2010 with total earnings of Rs. 2,21,071. Maniram won a record three titles and had four top-10s during the season.

     

    2011

    Arjun Singh Chaudhri of Noida bagged the PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit title for 2011 with total ear...

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  • 22-05-2020

    SSP CHAWRASIA - A shot that realised Chawrasia’s life-long dream at the Hero Indian Open

    Growing up in a hut next to the ninth green of Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC), the biggest festival for Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia was when the Indian Open came to Kolkata every alternate year.

    “We would wait anxiously and count down the days. For all of us in the nearby padas (localities), the Indian Open was bigger than any Diwali or Holi. All discussions at the range and at the tea stalls would be about the chances of the Indian pros and trying to find...

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  • 21-05-2020

    Indian professionals return to the golf course, follow new norms and practices to beat Covid-19

    As golf courses began reopening across the country this week, Indian professional golfers returned to their respective home courses to get some much-needed practice after a long two-month forced break due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the resulting nationwide lockdown.

    However, things are a little different now as the clubs and its members are ensuring that new norms and practices are followed on the golf course in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    The Chandigarh Golf...

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  • 20-05-2020

    SHUBHANKAR SHARMA - When Shubhankar aced the test at one of major golf’s toughest holes

    Second shot, par-4 18th hole, Second Round

    2018 Open Championship, Carnoustie

    The 2018 season turned out to be an insane one for Shubhankar Sharma. Plying his trade on the Asian Tour, two early wins in European Tour co-sanctioned events had pitchforked him firmly into the league of superstars and the biggest reward was the opportunity to play in the majors and World Golf Championship events.

    Ask any professional golfer. They yearn to be a part of the majors...

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  • 20-05-2020

    Course records on the PGTI in 2019

    Here’s a look at the course records set and equaled on the TATA Steel PGTI in 2019:

     

    Hyderabad Golf Club: 10-under-61 by Gaurav Pratap Singh in Round 2 of Golconda Masters 2019 Powered by Telangana Tourism

    Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh hogged the limelight with his spectacular and error-free 10-under-61 that catapulted him 36 places to tied fourth at 11-under-131. The brawny 34-year-old, a former winner on the PGTI, entered the scoring...

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  • 19-05-2020

    SHIV KAPUR - Kapur’s unforgettable putt and a flop shot that drew Mickelson’s attention

    Remember the song ‘First Cut is the Deepest’? Penned by songwriter extraordinaire Cat Stevens, it has been blessed by the vocals of many legends, including Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow, over the years.

    Golf’s version of the song could well be – ‘First Win is the Sweetest’. A maiden is incredibly difficult to pull off at any level and something that is bound to stay with the players for a long time. Here is Shiv Kapur’s version of it, and the sh...

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  • 19-05-2020

    Rewind: When Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri bagged their maiden professional wins in the same season and at the same venue

    Indian golfing stars Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri have a lot of parallels in their golfing careers. To begin with both Bhullar and Lahiri were part of the Indian team that won the silver medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. They then turned professional at around the same time. Interestingly, Gaganjeet and Anirban also went on to win their maiden professional titles in the same PGTI season in 2009 and that too at the same venue, the Panchkula Golf Club. Later on, both golfers won laure...

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  • 18-05-2020

    CHIKKARANGAPPA S - Two unforgettable shots in two different pressure situations for Chikka

    Birdie putt, par-5 18th, first play-off hole

    2013 CG Open at Bombay Presidency GC

    The PGTI’s ‘Class of 2013’ included some of the most talented young stars in the country to turn professional that year. Among them was the fresh-faced Seenappa Chikkarangappa – a Cindrella Story of Indian golf having graduated from being a ball boy looking for daily wages at Eagleton Golf Resort at age 10 to winning back-to-back All India Amateur Championships at 18.

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  • 18-05-2020

    TATA Steel PGTI’s Emerging Players down the years

    Here’s a look at TATA Steel PGTI’s Emerging Players or best rookie golfers down the years.

     

    2009

    Australia’s Anthony Choat posted two top-10s to finish 42nd on the PGTI Order of Merit with earnings of Rs. 5,75,553.

     

    2010

    Abhishek Jha of Bengaluru claimed two top-10s to be 29th on the PGTI money list with season’s earnings of Rs. 10,29,905.

     

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  • 16-05-2020

    RASHID KHAN - A faltering club, a sense of déjà vu and a hero shot from Rashid Khan

    For the second time in two years, Rashid Khan found himself involved in a play-off for the SAIL-SBI Open when it was held at the Delhi Golf Club in 2014. The year before, the precociously talented Indian had lost to compatriot Anirban Lahiri on the first extra hole.

    One year later, Khan made a blistering start to the tournament, starting fast off the blocks with a stunning bogey-free 11-under par 61. He followed that up with two 69s and come Sunday, was leading by two shots over Bangl...

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  • 16-05-2020

    When Jyoti Randhawa and Digvijay Singh went trout fishing in Kashmir

    The Kashmir valley is a known haven for nature-lovers and adventure sports enthusiasts as it offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Trout fishing is one such popular outdoor activity. Two of India’s leading professional golfers Jyoti Randhawa and Digvijay Singh, were literally ‘hooked’ to trout fishing during their visit to Srinagar in July 2014 for the PGTI Kashmir Masters Presented by KEO golf tournament.

    Good friends Jyoti and Digvijay, who decided to take...

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  • 15-05-2020

    RAHIL GANGJEE – Gangjee’s ace with a driver on par-4 pales in comparison to his 1997 7-iron

    Tee shot, par-3 second, second play-off hole

    1997 Eastern India Amateur Championship

    No story about Rahil Gangjee’s shot-making and career would be complete without a mention of that rarest of rare hole-in-one on a par-4 in a recognized Tour event.

    The Indian ace famously holed his driver on the 318-yard long par-4 15th hole during Sunday’s final round of the 2011 Mylan Classic on Nationwide Tour (now called Korn Ferry Tour).

    It is reck...

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  • Hyderabad, 15-05-2020

    Anirban Lahiri gets exemption for the 2020-21 PGA Tour season

    As reported by the Press Trust of India

    Stuck at his parents place in Hyderabad without his golf clubs, India’s Anirban Lahiri heaved a sigh of relief after getting the good news that his playing status on the elite PGA Tour has been guaranteed for not only the remainder of the year but also for the 2020-21 season.

    “Without doubt it is a big relief and the PGA Tour has taken the right decision keeping in mind the current conditions (C...

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  • 14-05-2020

    KHALIN JOSHI - One stunning shot that led to a flurry of birdies and a cherished maiden title for Joshi

    Second shot, par-5 14th, final round

    2018 Panasonic Open India

    As the winter sun started to drift towards the horizon, Khalin Joshi was facing all kinds of problems in giving a last push to his maiden Asian Tour title hopes in the 2018 Panasonic Open – India.

    Joshi had started the final round at Delhi Golf Club tied for the lead at 13-under par alongside Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman, and one ahead of compatriot Ajeetesh Sandhu.

    The lead was...

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  • 14-05-2020

    Ashbeer Saini and Trishul Chinnappa equally comfortable with a hockey stick in hand

    Indian professional golfers Ashbeer Saini and Trishul Chinnappa also happen to be skilled hockey players.

    Ashbeer and Trishul hailing from two traditional bastions of Indian hockey, Punjab and the Coorg region of Karnataka respectively, one would have expected them to have the sport in their genes. However, both players who have represented India in golf at the junior & amateur levels, have their own stories as to how they took to the sport of hockey.

    Kapurthala-based...

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  • 13-05-2020

    JEEV MILKHA SINGH - That time when Jeev used a lethal six-iron to slay the Valderrama beast

    Second shot, par-5 17th, final round

    2006 Volvo Masters at Valderrama

    Picture Courtesy: Getty Images/European Tour

    Valderrama… some call it Europe’s very own Augusta National. Hailed as a modern masterpiece of golf architecture, this Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course has severely challenged leading exponents of the game ever since it was built in 1974. Its intricacies have befuddled them, even after they have played it several times.

    Like Aug...

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  • 13-05-2020

    Rewind: When 17-year-old Karandeep Kochhar became the youngest player and first Indian amateur to win on PGTI

    The final day of the 2016 PGTI Players Championship presented by Tollygunge Club turned out to be one of the most memorable days in 17-year-old amateur Karandeep Kochhar’s fledgling golfing career. The Chandigarh lad wreaked havoc on the final day, shooting an eight-under-62, the best round of the tournament, to upset some of the top professionals in the country en route his three-shot triumph at the Rs. 30 lakh event.<...

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  • 12-05-2020

    GAURAV GHEI - The glorious Ghei shot that was heard around the world

    Third shot, 18th hole, final round

    1995 Gadgil Western Masters

    Whenever there is a talk about Gaurav Ghei’s magnificent chip-in for an eagle on the 72nd hole to win the 1995 Gadgil Western Masters at Delhi Golf Club, it should be accompanied with drum rolls and loud blowing of the bugle. That shot, replayed again and again on CNN as its ‘Play of the Day, without doubt heralded the arrival of Indian golf on the world scene.

    Of course, there w...

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  • 12-05-2020

    Emergence of five first time winners on PGTI in 2019 & 2020 heightens expectations for future of Indian golf

    The emergence of five first time winners on the TATA Steel PGTI (excluding co-sanctioned international events) in 2019 and 2020 has heightened expectations for the future of Indian golf.

    Among the five golfers, all Indians, youth is the common factor. While Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Aadil Bedi joined the winner’s circle as teenagers, both Veer Ahlawat and Priyanshu Singh lifted their maiden trophies at the age of 23. Abhinav Lohan broke the victory barrier at age 30 which can al...

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  • 11-05-2020

    GAGANJEET BHULLAR - When Bhullar delivered the perfect climax to a love story

    Second shot, par-5 17th, final round

    2018 Fiji International

    If Shakespeare was alive and watching Gaganjeet Bhullar woo Fiji, he would have rewritten the climax of Romeo and Juliet. Every great love story deserves an ending that is as happy and rewarding as the one between the Indian ace and the tiny Pacific nation.

    The 2018 Fiji International was Bhullar’s first visit to the country. The chemistry between the two was instantaneous and electric. It’s...

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  • 11-05-2020

    PGTI’s unique trophies representative of host venues

    Over the years, winners at PGTI events have been honoured with many spectacular and glittering trophies. But there are some unique trophies among these that stand out for being truly representative of the host venue, city, region or state.

    The region of Kashmir was well-represented in the aesthetically designed trophy of the PGTI Kashmir Masters 2014 held at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar. The trophy was modelled on a Samovar, an ethnic Kashmiri kettle, used to brew, boil...

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  • 10-05-2020

    DIGVIJAY SINGH - When the golf ball followed Commander Digvijay’s orders to a tee

    Most players I spoke to for this series, had to think a bit before declaring their choice of career shot.

    Not Digvijay Singh.

    The moment I asked him about his unforgettable shot – one in which the ball followed his instruction like a soldier following a commander’s order – Digvijay had the answer… along with pictorial proof that it actually happened that way!

    It was the final putt to win his maiden and only Asian Tour title – at the...

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  • Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, 10-05-2020

    C Muniyappa’s ingenuity helps him create a mini golf course in a rural setting

    Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Leading Indian professional golfer and 2009 Indian Open champion C Muniyappa provides us a classic example of this.

    As luck would have it, just prior to the nationwide lockdown imposed across India, Bengaluru resident Muniyappa accompanied by his family including three kids, made the journey to his grandfather’s village Malayur in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu on March 20 in order to attend to a piece of land belonging to his...

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  • 09-05-2020

    ‘Kings of Aces’ Om Prakash Chouhan and N Thangaraja are hole-in-one leaders on PGTI with a record four aces each to their credit

    Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja jointly hold the record for the most holes-in-one on the TATA Steel PGTI. The two ‘Kings of Aces’ enjoy the unique distinction of having four aces each to their credit at PGTI sanctioned and co-sanctioned events.

    Here is the hole-in-one list of the two joint leaders:

    Om Prakash Chouhan

    1. 9th TATA Open 2010 at Golmuri Golf Club (Round 3, Hole 6)

    2. PGTI Players Championship 2011...

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  • 08-05-2020

    CHIRAGH KUMAR - Hooked on to Chiragh’s memory – the shot that won him his maiden title

    At the 2015 Panasonic Open India, Chiragh Kumar was cruising towards the finishing line for a possible maiden Asian Tour title on a golf course he knew better than the back of his hand. He had distanced himself from the field heading into the closing stretch on Sunday, but there was one player he was unable to shake off – Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman.

    After 15 holes in the final round, both Chiragh and Siddikur were two-under par for the day, but crucially, the momentum wa...

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  • 07-05-2020

    ARJUN ATWAL - The fade that refuses to fade away from Atwal’s memory

    Arjun Atwal, the only Indian to ever win a PGA Tour title, deliberated for some time before answering: “I reflect the most about my three-putt on the 72nd hole at Torey Pines in the 2006 Buick Invitational, and the 5-wood I smashed into water in the play-off at the 2005 BellSouth Classic.

    “One tournament I lost to Tiger (Woods), and the other to Lefty (Phil Mickelson). So that’s pretty memorable!

    “Perhaps I am an old dude…back-in-my-days typ...

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  • 07-05-2020

    Udayan Mane and Ashok Kumar share record of three back-to-back wins on PGTI

    Pune’s Udayan Mane and Delhi’s Ashok Kumar share the enviable record of having posted three back-to-back wins on the PGTI. It’s a winning streak which has not been matched by any other player on the PGTI.

    The mercurial Ashok Kumar was the first one to have achieved the incredible feat when he bagged the IndianOil XtraPremium Masters (Digboi Golf Links), Solaris Global Green Open (Bangalore Golf Club) and SRF All India Professional Golf Matchplay Championship (Noida G...

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  • 06-05-2020

    ANIRBAN LAHIRI - Lahiri’s 5-wood that cut deep into the heart of Europe’s EurAsia Cup dream

    Looking at it just from the cold and unbiased lens of statistics, the inaugural EurAsia Cup, held in the last week of March 2014 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia, should have been a virtual cakewalk for Europe.

    The lowest ranked European player was Thorbjorn Olesen, a captain’s pick by Miguel Angel Jimenez, at No66 on the OWGR. On the other hand, only one Asian player was inside the top-66 of the world rankings – playing captain Thongchai Jaidee (No49). Read More

  • 06-05-2020

    PGTI's Longest-Running Playoffs

    The PGTI has witnessed some pulsating playoff encounters over the years. Here we take a look at PGTI’s longest-running playoffs.

     

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    Aadil Bedi beat Udayan Mane at Bengal Open 2020 (Tollygunge Club, Kolkata)

    This face-off between teenager Aadil Bedi and Udayan Mane set the record for the longest-running playoff on the PGTI. The edge-of-the-seat encounter saw both contenders match each other shot for shot....

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  • 05-05-2020

    AJEETESH SANDHU - Sandhu’s stunning 5-wood when the chips were down in Chandigarh

    A sizeable Sunday crowd had gathered at the Chandigarh Golf Club (a club that probably holds the record for the greatest golf traffic on any course in the world) on the final day of the 2019 Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by Take Solutions.

    A year before, during the inaugural edition of the tournament, the fans had witnessed a play-off battle between local lad Karandeep Kochar and Chikkarangappa S, which was won by the Bengaluru pro.

    Another local favourite – A...

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  • Gurugram, 05-05-2020

    Message from the CEO - Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy

    Greetings and best wishes from the entire team of PGTI.

    We hope each one of you and your family members are in good health and in high spirits in these testing times.

    The world is facing an unprecedented situation due to the continuing global health crisis brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are hopeful that the timely enforcement of the lockdown and other safety measures by the Government of India will soon begin to bear fruit in our country...

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  • 04-05-2020

    AADIL BEDI - Bedi proves to be the Marathon Man with a shot world golf will remember

    Incredibly, 19-year-old Aadil Bedi’s unforgettable shot happens to be the last shot that was played on any recognized Tour in the world before men’s professional golf was shut down by the COVID-19 situation.

    It was the deciding blow in a protracted battle for the promising Chandigarh teenager, who was looking for his first win as a professional, against Udayan Mane, showing almost Tiger Woods-like dominance on the PGTI Tour and winning three times in his last three start...

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  • New Delhi, 04-05-2020

    PGTI Stats – 2019

    While Rashid Khan won the 2019 TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit, there were other players too who made a big impression during the 2019 season. If one goes by the stats of the 2019 season, the other names who made a major impact included 2019 PGTI Emerging Player of the Year Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Udayan Mane, Chikkarangappa, Mukesh Kumar, Yashas Chandra MS and N Thangaraja. It was a fascinating season that witnessed quite a few record feats and featured five first time winners and three playoffs...

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  • 03-05-2020

    ADITI ASHOK - With a gun on her head, Aditi Ashok unleashes a perfect seven-iron

    Given the circumstances, the second shot that 19-year-old Aditi Ashok faced on the 18th hole of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the final round of the 2017 Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open was fraught with danger and required the most precise execution.

    Seemingly cruising towards her third win on the Ladies European Tour (LET) with a round in which she barely made any mistakes, her four-shot lead over England’s Georgia Hall (who’d go on to win the RICOH Ladies British Open...

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