Nuh, Haryana, 12-03-2024

Delhi Challenge 2024 heralds return of Challenge Tour to India

The European Challenge Tour and TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) today jointly announced the inaugural Delhi Challenge.

The tournament co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and the TATA Steel PGTI, carries a prize purse of US$ 300,000 and will be played at the magnificent ITC Classic Golf & Country Club in Nuh, Haryana, on the outskirts of Delhi, from March 14 – 17, 2024.

The Delhi Challenge is the third event to be jointly staged by the Challenge Tour and the TATA Steel PGTI following the announcement of the strategic partnership between the DP World Tour and the TATA Steel PGTI early last year. The Challenge Tour and PGTI had staged two back-to-back events in Bengaluru in March 2023.

The leading Indian players in the field include Challenge Tour winner and 2023 TATA Steel PGTI Ranking champion Om Prakash Chouhan, current TATA Steel PGTI Ranking leader Manu Gandas, Olympian Udayan Mane, Aman Raj, Karan Pratap Singh and Sachin Baisoya, to name a few.

The top names from the Challenge Tour in this week’s field include Road to Mallorca Ranking leader Mikael Lindberg of Sweden, Björn Åkesson also from Sweden, France’s Martin Couvra, England’s Sam Hutsby and Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, to name a few.

Jamie Hodges, Challenge Tour Director, said, "It's brilliant to be back in India for back-to-back weeks for the second year running. These two weeks provide an opportunity for the Challenge Tour to build on the resounding success of last year.

"The global nature of the Challenge Tour has never been more evident, and we're delighted to be working closely with our friends at the PGTI as we visit two new venues in the early stages of our 2024 season.

"These events play a critical role in our schedule at a time of the season when it’s difficult for us to play in most of Europe. We're excited to be back and are looking forward to two great weeks, starting here in Delhi."

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Challenge Tour back in India as part of our strategic partnership with the DP World Tour. The inaugural Delhi Challenge sets the stage for a breathtaking week of golfing action as India’s top professionals will take on the best from the Challenge Tour at the pristine Classic Golf & Country Club, one of India’s leading championship venues. We thank the Classic Golf & Country Club for partnering us in staging this event.

“The tournament presents a great opportunity to provide international exposure to Indian professionals. Om Prakash Chouhan’s success at the Challenge Tour event in India last year opened many doors for him on the international stage. We hope many Indian players will be inspired by Om Prakash’s feat and will look to follow in his footsteps this year.”

Mr. Rishi Mattu, Head, ITC Classic Golf and Country Club, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the European Challenge Tour event at ITC Classic Golf and Country Club. This event helps us showcase the exceptional facilities and hospitality we offer and also underscores India’s growing prominence on the global golfing stage.

“The European Challenge Tour event promises to bring together top-tier talent, fostering competitive spirit and camaraderie amongst participants. ITC Classic Golf and Country Club extends its warmest welcome to players, spectators, and all stakeholders involved in making this event a resounding success.

“We also extend our sincere gratitude to the European Challenge Tour, PGTI and K&A for their invaluable contributions to the success of this event. Their dedication and support have been instrumental in bringing together top-tier talent and creating an exciting platform for players.”

The Classic Golf & Country Club is considered one of the finest courses in India. The retreat is part of a sprawling 300-acre verdant estate, showcasing South Asia’s only 27-hole signature golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

It has an 18-hole Signature Championship Course and a 9-hole Signature Canyon Course built at the foothills of the picturesque Aravallis. The hillocks and knolls lend themselves ideally to create enticing fairways, cunning and tricky greens and in-play water, which are enough to challenge any golfer.

About PGTI:

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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