Indian golfers have always performed well on the home soil and the US$ 300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship starting September 12, presents yet another great opportunity for the experienced and young guns, to showcase their A-game.
Since 2011, Asian Tour events in India have produced at least two homegrown winners each year, barring once in 2013, when there was just one winner. But in 2013, Indians also had a runner-up in another event and three Top-5 finishers in the third event.
Indian golfers, who have dominated home events will be strong favourites, with a band of very talented and young players. Leading the pack will be two stars, Viraj Madappa and Khalin Joshi, both from Bengaluru who broke through on the region’s premier Tour last season with a win each in Bengaluru and Delhi. The field will also include another hugely talented Ajeetesh Sandhu, who won his first Asian Tour event in Taiwan in 2017.
With the originally scheduled TAKE Solutions Masters moving to early 2020, this was just a great opportunity up for grabs.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature course, where the last Asian Tour event was the 2009 SAIL Open, will witness a full field of 156 players from 24 countries. The winner’s share is $54,000. Even the 72nd-placed golfer will receive $600.