New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) The field is getting tougher and more competitive with veteran Australian golfer Peter Senior making his debut at the Hero Honda Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club this week.
The 48-year-old Senior, will be hoping to join the elite band of Australians, who have left a stamp on the Indian Open.
The history of Indian Open itself has a lot to owe to one particular Australian, Peter Thomson, the five time British Open champion, who also won the Indian Open three times. Thomson was instrumental in persuading the then officials of Indian golf into starting the Indian Open in 1964 with the promise that he would coax some of the best players to come to India. That was a promise he kept and he himself came back again and again and won three times besides finishing in top-10 countless other times.
Australians and Americans have won the Indian Open most times.
Golfers from these two countries have managed to get their names etched onto the trophy nine times each. The next on the list is India with six players winning title eight times.
Golfers from Taiwan have emerged champions on five occassions, while Japanese players have won four times, including twice by Kenji Hosoishi (1967 and 1968).
Aussie Peter Thomson continues to hold the record for winning three times, while numerous others have emerged champions on two occassions.
Interestingly, the field for this year will have two players, who could join Thomson as the only three-time winners. While Ali Sher, winner in 1991 and 1993, may be somewhat of a long shot, the same cannot be said about defending champion Jyoti Randhawa, who also won in 2000.
Senior, winner of more than 20 tournaments around the world, turned professional in 1978 and he topped the highly competitive PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit three times. His last big win was the Australian PGA Championships and he is one of the few to have also won the Australian Masters and the Australian Open in his career. He also played on the International Team in the President's Cup tiwce and also represnted Australia twice in Alfred Dunhill Cup and the World Cup.