Defending champion S.S.P. Chawrasia will lead a strong home challenge at the 54th edition of the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Hero Indian Open, to be played at the Gary Player layout of the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram from March 8 to 11.
Chawrasia will be attempting the first-ever hat trick of wins in the 54-year history of the tournament. Chawrasia had finished runner-up at the Hero Indian Open on four occasions -- in 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2015 -- before pipping countryman Anirban Lahiri and Korea's Jeunghun Wang to take the coveted title for the first time in 2016.
He successfully retained his title last year to claim his fourth European Tour win.
Besides Chawrasia, former champion Lahiri and twice European Tour winner and emerging talent Shubhankar Sharma will be some of the other Indians vying for the title.
Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, who is a PGA Tour winner and member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team, will head the global list. The marquee names also include Andrew Johnston, one of the most popular players around the world, and the Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn, who has 21 worldwide wins including 15 on European Tour.
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