Chandigarh golfers Ajeetesh Sandhu and Abhijeet Chadha will lead the Indian challenge at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which starts on Thursday. Other Indians are Digvijay Singh,Himmat Rai,C Muniyappa,Jyoti Randhawa,Chandigarh’s Sujjan Singh,Rahil Gangjee,Shankar Das and Chiragh Kumar. Shiv Kapur,who has tasted win on the European Challenge Tour this year,and Anirbhan Lahiri,who won the SAIL-SBI Open this year,are among the Indians,who will tee up at the event.
The elite field at Jakarta includes four-time Major champion Ernie Els of South Africa,three-time Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland. Kapur after going through seven years without a win won twice in two starts. He won an Indian domestic event at the end of 2012 and then again triumphed in his first event of 2013. On two other occasions Kapur has come close with fourth places in SAIL-SBI Open and Panasonic Open India. He was also tied 22nd at Malaysian Open,tied 26th at Chiangmai and tied 31st at Ballantine’s. “I have been playing well and it is a matter of getting four rounds together and after winning twice in quick succession,the confidence is also back,” said Kapur. Lahiri retained the SAIL-SBI Open and it was the third time he had won at the Delhi Golf Club. He also had three top-30 finishes at Avanthja Masters,Chiangmai Classic and Panasonic Open India.
Chowrasia,Jeev and Bhullar tee up alongside Chinese teens
Tianjin (China): SSP Chowrasia alongwith Jeev Milkha Singh and Gaganjeet Bhullar will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Volvo China Open starting here tomorrow. Chowrasia,Bhullar and Jeev,a former champion here in 2006,are playing in the event as members of the European Tour. Chowrasia is relishing his fine form recently after having finished tied 11th last week at the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea. While Jeev won the Scottish Open last year,Chowrasia won the Avantha Masters in 2011 and Bhullar finished second in Avantha Masters 2013. The event will also see the new face of Chinese golf,as Ye Wo-cheng will become the youngest player in European Tour history when he tees up in the first round,where he will be joined by his fellow teens Dou Ze-cheng and Bai Zheng-kai. At a combined age of 43,the trio are a year younger than one of this week’s other star attractions,Paul Lawrie. Besides them,there is also Andy Zhang,who became the youngest competitor in US Open Championship history when he teed up at the Olympic Club last year. Ye and Dou earned their places in the elite field after coming through last month’s qualifiers,whilst Bai earned his starting berth courtesy of his victory in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship.