Top golfers including Jeev Milkha Singh for Indian Open

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) A star studded field including title contender Jeev Milkha singh, defending champion Jyoti Randhawa, former champion Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant will be seen in action in the 500,000 dollar prize money Hero Honda Indian Open to be held here from October 11 to 14th.

Jeev Milkha Singh will be taking part in this 44th edition of the Indian Open after a gap of four years, which will also figure China's Liang Wenchong, Australian Peter Senior and 2004 winner Mardan Mamat of Singapore.

It is after a long time that Jyoti and Jeev will be playing in the same tournament in India.

Announcing the event here today, Hero Honda MD and CEO Pawan Munjal said the prize money for this year's event has been raised from four lakh dollars to half a million dollars.

He said about 46 slots will be given to Indian golfers in a field of 120 for this tournament and hoped that with the return of Jeev, the Indian Open will get a big boost.

''We are expecting some more big names for the Indian Open and I am sure the golf buffs are in for a great treat,''he added.

Munjal said the Hero Honda's three year contract with the World Sports Group (WSG), the promoters of the Indian Open, will end this year but hoped it will be futher extended.

There is also a possibility of prize money being further increased next year as more tournaments with bigger prize money are going to be held in the country.

Indian Golf Union (IGU) President General JJ Singh, who also addressed the media, said, ''The Indian Open boasts a wealth of great memories and with the tournament continuing to build in stature on the Asian Tour we are sure many more great chapters will be written about the event in the future,'' UNI HSB PDS RN1607

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