New Delhi, 04-07-2023
TATA Steel PGTI announces busy second half of 2023 taking season’s prize purse to a record high
- TATA Steel PGTI 2023 season to resume from August 16th; Schedule features impressive line-up of 14 events to be staged from August to December
- Second half of season boasts prize money of INR 15.25 crore, takes season’s total prize purse counted towards PGTI Order of Merit to over INR 33.53 crore, a PGTI record
- TATA Steel Tour Championship in Jamshedpur worth INR 3 crore to be season-finale
- Three new events added are India Cements Pro Championship (INR 50 lacs), Coimbatore Open (INR 1 crore) and Vizag Open (INR 1 crore)
- East Point Golf Club in Visakhapatnam added as a new venue
New Delhi, July 4, 2023: TATA Steel PGTI has announced the second half of its 2023 season. The impressive line-up of 14 events between August to December continues the upward trend of Indian professional golf as the second half of the season offers prize money of INR 15.25 crore thereby taking the season’s total prize purse counted towards the PGTI Order of Merit to over INR 33.53 crore (including the three international events), a PGTI record.
The back half of the season features 11 events with prize money in excess of INR 1 crore.
The first half of the season consisted of eight events and was followed by the mid-season break. The action will now resume with the inaugural India Cements Pro Championship which will be played at the TNGF Cosmo Golf Course in Chennai from August 16 – 19.
The next two events, Coimbatore Open at Coimbatore Golf Club from August 22 – 25 and Vizag Open at East Point Golf Club from September 20 – 23, will also be new additions to the PGTI schedule thus making it a total of six new events this season.
With the staging of the Vizag Open, the East Point Golf Club will be added as a new venue on the PGTI calendar. As a result, the tour further expands its geographical footprint by making its first entry into the state of Andhra Pradesh and the city of Visakhapatnam.
The Telangana Golconda Masters at Hyderabad Golf Association (September 27 – 30) and the J&K Open presented by J&K Tourism at Jammu Tawi Golf Course (October 4 – 7) return for their ninth and third editions respectively. While the prize money for the Telangana Golconda Masters has been raised from INR 40 lacs to INR 1 crore, the prize purse for the J&K Open has been raised from INR 40 lacs to INR 50 lacs.
The Bengaluru Open Golf Championship to be staged at Karnataka Golf Association (October 18 – 21) and the Haryana Open presented by Wonder Cement to be held at Panchkula Golf Club (October 25 – 28) are two events that return to the PGTI schedule after a long gap. Both events offer prize purses of INR 1 crore each.
The sixth edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE is to be played at the Chandigarh Golf Club from November 2 – 5. The event carries a prize purse of INR 1.5 crore.
The last six events of the season will be held over consecutive weeks beginning with the second edition of the Dream Valley Group presents Vooty Masters at the Vooty Golf County in Vikarabad, Telangana (November 15 – 18).
The IndianOil Servo Masters Golf, the longest-running event on the PGTI, will be back for its 23rd edition at the Digboi Golf Links from November 22 – 25.
Both the Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Golf Invitational presented by DLF at DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram (November 29 – December 2) and the SSP Chawrasia Invitational presented by TAKE at Royal Calcutta Golf Club (December 7 – 10) will be staging their second editions following their grand launch last season.
Thereafter, the sixth edition of the Jaipur Open will be held at the Rambagh Golf Club (December 13 – 16). The prize money of the Jaipur Open has been raised from INR 40 lacs to INR 1 crore.
The TATA Steel Tour Championship carrying a prize purse of INR 3 crore, the highest on the PGTI, will once again be the season finale featuring the top-60 on the Order of Merit along with a few invitees. The tournament will be held at the Golmuri & Beldih Golf Courses in Jamshedpur from December 21 – 24.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “The line-up of events and handsome prize purse on offer in the second half makes 2023 our strongest season ever. The non-stop golfing action from August to December, the launch of three new events, the addition of a new venue and new sponsors, reflects the sustained positive growth of Indian professional golf. We look forward to the action-packed months ahead and thank PGTI members, our sponsors, tour partners and the host venues of all events this season for their support and cooperation in helping us take the tour to new heights.”
Formed in 2006, Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is the recognised official body of professional golf in India. PGTI's objective is to promote professional golf in the country, as well as to give players an opportunity to be involved in the decision making on all aspects of the game. Headed by Mr. Srinivasan H R (President), PGTI's governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.
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