Randhawa, Kapur and Chowrasia look to regain form at DLF MastersSeptember 17th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) With a purse of Rs. 8 million dangling in front of them, India’s top golfers Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur and S.S.P. Chowrasia will look to regaining their lost touch at the DLF Masters professional golf tournament beginning Thursday.The event, which is part of the PGTI Indian Tour, will also be a great tune-up for the Indian players getting ready for the million-dollar Hero Honda Indian Open next month at the Delhi Golf Club.
Randhawa, who has been struggling of late after a great start at the beginning of the season, admitted he would try and use the event to recover his form. “I admit that I am not in good form but this is a good week for me to raise the level of my game and perform well. There is always a little bit of pressure when you play but I like to forget my bad performance and prefer to concentrate on the good ones.”
Randhawa, who was once ranked as high as in the 70s earlier in the year, has slipped to 106. “It will be tough playing conditions against a strong field of players. But it is a great course and I feel good to play in my backyard,” he said.
Kapur, on the other hand, feels that he needs to work on his putting. “I have been struggling with my putting off late. Though I am playing well, my driving accuracy and stroke average has also gone down. So I will be looking at this tournament to get back my touch and carry on with the season,” he said.
Seasoned Gaurav Ghei said it would be a close contest in a highly competitive field. “The course looks nice and tough. There is strong field with top players, so it will be a pretty close contest. It should be a fun week,” he said.
The DLF Masters will have a new Pro-Celeb format with professionals teaming up with amateurs, who could be celebrities or well-known people from the Corporate world to compete for the team championship on the last two days.
Each team will comprise of two professionals and one amateur and the team score will be calculated by taking into account the two best scores out of three on a hole-by-hole basis.
The second edition of the tournament sees an increased prize purse of Rs.1.5 million over last years amount for the event, which runs through from Sept 18 - 21 at the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon.
The first edition had seen Randhawa win by an impressive margin of 10 shots.
The field will also include Ashok Kumar, Rahul Ganapathy, Mukesh Kumar, Digvijay Singh, Shamim Khan, Harendra Gupta, Arjun Singh, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Harmeet Kahlon, among others.