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Defending champion Chawrasia to lead home challenge at Hero Indian Open

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Defending champion Chawrasia will lead a strong home challenge at the 54th edition of and co-sanctioned Hero Indian Open, to be played at the Gary layout of the DLF 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 on four occasions -- in 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2015 -- before pipping countryman 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 win.

Besides Chawrasia, former champion Lahiri and twice winner and emerging talent Shubhankar Sharma will be some of the other Indians vying for the title.

Shubhankar, the highest-ranked Indian in the tournament with two wins in less than two months, has broken into Top-100, with a world ranking of No. 72.

Lahiri, and World No. 76, will try to reclaim the Hero trophy that he won in 2015.

Among other Indians in the competition are Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Team captain Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, and

of Argentina, who is a 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 captain, Thomas Bjorn, who has 21 worldwide wins including 15 on

Bjorn led a strong European team last month to a fine win over in the EurAsia Cup in

Past champion Thongchai Jaidee and player, Chris Wood, who won the 2016 PGA Championships, are also in the field.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:18 IST