Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has announced a new 'PGTI Super Series', a seven-event championships, carrying a prize purse of over Rs 3.5 crore which will start with the Ahmedabad Masters later this month. Existing events on the PGTI could form a part of the Super Series along with new championships.
Ahmedabad Masters, an event on the Super Series, scheduled to be held from January 29-February 1 will kick off the 2014 season. Top Indian professionals Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chowrasia, Rahil Ganjee, Himmat Singh Rai and Rashid Khan among others have confirmed their participation in the opening event of the series as the PGTI makes its debut in Gujarat.
The prize money of each event of the newly launched series will count towards Rolex Rankings but the bonus of Rs 30 lacs will not be considered. The PGTI will also make its debut in the state of Kerala with the Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf & Country Club.
With a three year partnership, PGTI will work closely with the host club to promote the golf club, local talent, and Kerala as a golfing and tourism destination. PGTI is also firming up its debut in Jammu & Kashmir with a super series event, the PGTI Srinagar Masters in June 2014.
Announcing the Super Series, Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said: "With the introduction of the 'PGTI Super Series', our effort will be to create more lucrative opportunities for top PGTI professionals on Indian soil and showcase high quality golf to a larger audience.
"We will partner with local sponsors & golf clubs to help upgrade the events and grow the sport in their respective regions, and help promote the venues and the destinations through our broadcast partners. With over Rs. 3.5 Crore in prize money over the seven weeks and a winner takes all bonus of Rs. 30 lacs, we are confident the Super Series will develop into a strong leg on the Tour."