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Subhankar, Lahiri to lead India's challenge in Hero Indian Open golf

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ace golfers and will spearhead India's challenge at the 55th edition of the Hero to be held at the and Country Club in Gurugram from March 28 to 31.

Considered as the sport's national championship, Hero will offer a prize opurse of USD 1.75 million.

Other Indian golfers to feature in the tournament are SSP Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur, Rahil Gangjee and youngsters like Ajeetesh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa, Khalin Joshi and S Chikkarangappa.

But all eyes will be on No.1 Subhankar and 2015 champion to put up a good show in front of home fans.

The tournament, co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tour, also boasts of strong international field featuring 2018 Scottish Open champion Brandon Stone, last year's runner-up and Bernd Wiesberger, who has four wins to his credit.

Last year, Johnston came within a whisker of winning the tournament, rallying from a two-shot deficit in the final round to get into a play-off before losing to Englishman

Commenting on his prospect in the tournament, Sandhu said every aspires to win the national championship and he is no exception.

"The National Open holds highest esteem for any Every dreams of winning his National Open once in his career. But it would be tough for everyone as the field keeps on getting stronger every year," Sandhu said at the launch of the event here on Thursday.

Even before its launch, the Hero ran into controversy and a cloud of uncertainty shrouded over its conduct this year after the Ministry derecognised Indian Union (IGU), the official hosting rights holder of the event, for failing to adhere to the National Code.

But eventually the Ministry handed a temporary relief to the IGU at the eleventh hour by granting it interim recognition for four months, paving the way for the tournament's conduct this year.

Asked IGU about the issue, he tried to divert from the topic.

"Everything is going to be in line as per the requirements. That is why the Ministry has extended our recognition. We are committed to the changes that the Ministry has told us to do," he said.

"The IGU is committed to the growth of the game in the country and we continue to support the sport in different parts of the country.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 15:20 IST