Creme de la creme of Indian golf, including Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal, will be seen in action when a star-studded line-up of players tee off at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, which will play host to the Rs one crore BILT Open after two years from Wednesday.
Defending champion Shamim Khan will lead the Indian challenge in the tournament, which will also feature former winners -- Jyoti Randhawa and Chirag Kumar.
Rahil Gangjee, SSP Chowrasia, Rashid Khan and Himmat Singh Rai, along with Anirban Lahiri, who finished second at Macau Open last week, and rising golfer S Chikkaangappa, will also tee off at the Jaypee Greens on Wednesday.
Shamim, who made five top-10 finishes and won the Classic Golf Resort in Haryana, is focussed on his game and said he will battle the course and not think about the list of illustrious competitors.
"I will play against the course. I don't think about others in the field. I had a decent season and I will go with my strategy and hope to do well," said Shamim, who had edged out Rashid Khan in an enthralling play-off at the Delhi Golf course last year.
Rahil Gangjee, who has returned to the Asian tour this season and also won the PGTI Players Championship in Chandigarh in September, said: "I would look to score five-under everyday. That would be my target. I think it is achievable in this course. I know what I have to do and I want to stick to that."
The tournament will have the Pro-Am on October 27.
Avantha Group Company BIGPH - Managing Director & CEO, Yogesh Agarwal said: "I have no doubt that this event will encourage a greater interest in professional golf in the country. BILT has a fine tradition of hosting excellent Golf tournaments and I wish the players the very best and am sure that some excellent golf will be played here this year."
Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI said: "The 2013 edition of this event will yet again have an elite field and promises to be an exciting week of high quality golf."