Chandigarh: All set for Jeev Invitational challenge -
Chandigarh: All set for Jeev Invitational challenge
Posted 31 Oct 2018 01:07 PM

Last week when Jeev Milkha Singh competed in the Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Course, Singh’s second round score of 68 was his best score in a round in Asian Tour this year.

Even though the 47-year-old golfer finished tied-47th in the tournament, it was only the third time in last 18 months that the golfer had an overall score of par or lower score in a Asian Tour event.
As the Chandigarh golfer gets ready to compete in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by Take Solutions at Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC), Singh will also be competing in the toughest field comprising six-time Asian Tour winner SSP Chawrasia, four-time Asian Tour winner Shiv Kapur apart from Khalin Joshi, who became the latest Indian to win on Asian Tour last week at Panasonic Open.

“Players like Shiv Kapur, SSP Chawrasia and Khalin Joshi coming for this tournament have made this event special for me. The first two rounds in last week’s Panasonic Open India meant that I am in fine form. I made four birdies and one bogey in the first round followed by four birdies in the second round and to have such kind of score at a course like Delhi Golf Course always motivates you. Talking about CGC, one needs to shape the path of the ball here and I believe the greens are going to be firm here and the ball is not going to stop when hit from the rough. If it gets windy later this week, scoring can get tougher here and I expect a winning score of ten-under,” shared Singh.

Last year, Chandigarh Golf Club hosted the Take Open by Professional Golf Tour of India, which saw Chandigarh golfer Shubhankar Sharma winning the title. The club hosted a PGTI event after a gap of three years and this week’s championship will see a total of 126 players competing for the total prize money of Rs 1.5 crore.

With nine foreign golfers and 18 past winners on PGTI competing at Chandigarh Golf Club, the field will also include eight-time Asian Tour winner Arjun Atwal apart from Kapur.

“The last time, I played here was when I was a 16-year-old and won the All India Junior Amateur title. Jeev is like a elder brother for me and we have very good memories. Before Jeev’s wins on Asian Tour and European Tours, Indian golfers would think about making the cut or having a top-ten finish in such events. But he has shown the way to Indian golfers. I believe that to grow the sport, we need to have new centers hosting big events like Asian Tour events and having an Asian Tour event here will also be a big step for Indian golf. We have seen youngsters like Ajeetesh Sandhu and Karandeep Kochhar apart from Shubhankar Sharma emerging from here in recent years,” said Kapur, who became the only player to win thrice in Asian Tour in 2017.

While six-time Asian Tour winner SSP Chawrasia will be playing after a gap of seven years at the 7,202 yard golf course, the Kolkata golfer will hope to regain form after a wrist injury. Chawrasia, who competed in Rio Olympics in 2016, had last played at Chandigarh Golf Club in the PGTI Players Championship in 2011.

“I am making a return to this course after a gap of seven years. I competed in 2011 here and there cannot be a better opportunity to play here again than playing in a tournament named after Jeev Milkha Singh. He has been my favourite golfer since I started playing golf and I believe we will see more such tournaments in the future. Regarding my form, I had a wrist injury last month and missed the Panasonic Open last week. Tackling the greens will be a challenge this week as they are hard and the ball does not stop here.,” shared Chawrasia.

Bengaluru golfer Khalin Joshi won his maiden title during the Asian Tour by winning the Panasonic Open India last week and the 26-year-old golfer is hopeful of continuing his fine form. “It’s a great honour for me to play in a tournament named after Jeev sir. I played nine holes on the golf course here today and the golf course looks in great shape. To win my maiden Asian Tour title in Delhi last week was a special feeling and I hope to continue my form here in Chandigarh too,” said Joshi.

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