Strong Indian presence in 2.5 million dollar Indian Masters

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will have a strong presence in the 2.5 million dollar EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters to be played at the Delhi Golf Club from February 7 to 10 next year.

The PGTI and 'golf in DUBAI', the promoters and organizers of the event, have worked out an arrangement that will see a minimum of 25 spots allocated for Indian players in the 120-strong field.

Of the 120 players, eight spots have been reserved for sponsors, two for amateurs and the remaining 110 places have been divided equally between the Asian and European Tours, which works out to 55 players for each tour.

The 55 Asian Tour players will include a minimum of 25 Indian players. There is a likelihood of more than 25 Indians, as three Indians -- Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Shiv Kapur -- have full playing rights besides which Gaurav Ghei, Rahil Gangjee and SSP Chowrasia have a full card on the Asian Tour quota. That will mean more than 25 Indians in the field.

The star attractions of the tournament will include Ernie Els, who will be joined by some of 'golf in DUBAI' ambassadors which include Mark O'Meara, Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn, Jeev Milkha Singh, Colin Montgomerie and Ross Bain.

A meeting between Gautam Thapar, President of PGTI and Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of 'golf in DUBAI' also ended the impasse which will see Indian golfers make a strong presence in the event.

The event is being jointly sanctioned by PGTI, Asian and European Tours. This is the first-ever European Tour event to be held in India.

''Both PGTI and 'golf in DUBAI' have objectives that are parallel to each other. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before we collaborated in a positive way and moved forward collectively,'' said Thapar.

UNI

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