Chiragh Kumar starts BILT Open golf title defence on home course

first_imgChiragh Kumar will start his title defence at the Rs 1 crore BILT Open golf, starting on his home course, the Delhi Golf Club, on Wednesday.The tournament will also have the likes of Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, stalwarts Mukesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar, as well as Harendra P Gupta, Rashid Khan and Shamim Khan, the top three players on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), in a field of 125 players.Chiragh has a special connection with the DGC as other than being his home course, it’s the venue where he won the Rs 1crore LG Masters event in 2010 and shot into limelight after finishing second at the Asian Tour’s Indian Open last year.He clinched the BILT title last year at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida, but wants to cash in on the home advantage this time.”It’s my home course and I want to make the most of it. But at the same time, I don’t want to be complacent because it’s such a tough course that even a single error can cost you the title. My aim will be to remain error-free in order to finish on a high,” he said at the launch of the tournament here on Tuesday.”It’s good to be a defending champion in any tournament but it is not putting any pressure on me. I want to play good game and finish on a high,” he said.Also in the field is Sri Lankan Mithun Parera, who won the first PGTI tournament in Sri Lanka – the Standard Chartered Open in August. As one with experience of playing in India since his amateur days, Parera is known for his accurate hitting off the tee, which is useful due to the tight fairways at the DGC.”The course suits my style as I hit straight. I find fairways more often than on the other courses. If I play to potential, I could be in the mix in the money rounds,” said Parera, who was tied 15th at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open at the DGC in March-April.About the course conditions, Chiragh says, “It is playing well. The speed of the greens is good which could make scoring easier.”But Parera added that wind could be a factor.”I played a practice round today and there is a lot of wind on the course. If it stays during the tournament, it could be the deciding factor. I am guessing anyone who scores 10-under will take the trophy,” he said.Meanwhile, Yogesh Aggarwal, MD and CEO of BILT group, said that the company has renewed its contract with the PGTI to run the tournament for three years.”We are renewing our contract with the PGTI for the tournament for three more years (2013-2015). However, there will be no increase in prize money in those years,” he said.advertisementlast_img

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