Delhi to host Petroleum Golf Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

It's that time of the year when Delhi usually hosts the Indian Open, which is the most prestigious and cash-rich event on the Indian golf tour.

Delhi to host Petroleum Golf Championship

New Delhi:

It's that time of the year when Delhi usually hosts the Indian Open, which is the most prestigious and cash-rich event on the Indian golf tour. However a sponsorship row has meant that the event possibly stands cancelled this year. But thankfully, a replacement event, the Petroleum Golf Championship, is now taking place. The total purse of Rs 50 lakhs is considerably lesser than the $300, 000 of the Indian Open, but it's a good effort, considering the tournament was planned at the last moment. With a prize cheque of Rs 8.1 lakh for the winner and Jeev Milkha Singh taking part, the fans and the players seem to have been placated. "IMG was to get us a sponsor but they backed out. However, the tournament has not been cancelled. It will be happeining in Sept-Oct this year," said Manjit Singh, Captain, Delhi Golf Club. Biggest attractionMeanwhile, the biggest attraction at this event is likely to be Jeev Milkha Singh, who hasn't played too much in India.But the first Indian to qualify to play on the European and Japanese tour, is hoping to break a couple of jinxes this year, having gone without a win in the last five years."I am looking forward to playing in India. I want to win and I am overwhelmed with the support. People want me to win, and I am playing pretty well. Let's see what happens," he said.However, what Indian fans would have really wanted is a face off between the big three --- Jeev, Jyoti and Arjun. But while Atwal is busy playing overseas, Jyoti Randhawa is missing for a different reason altogether."We were not able to give him the gurantee money that he asked for, and so he decieded to skip the event," said Brandon De Souza, Managing Director, TSM.While it is clearly not the happiest situation for Indian golf, but if the Indian Open does take place later this year, the event could well turn out to be a bonus, especially if the petroleum companies decide to make it an annual affair.



Topics : Golf Delhi
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