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Subhankar to lead strong Indian field in Indian Open golf

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

New golfing sensation Subhankar Sharma, along with two-time defending champion SSP Chawrasia and former winner Lahiri, will lead a strong Indian challenge at the 54th edition of the Hero to be held at the and Country Club in from March 8 to 11.

The European and co-sanctioned event will also feature other star Indians such as legendary Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, and Shiv Kapur, who had a phenomenal 2017 with three titles.

The tournament, to be played at the Gary layout of the challenging and Country Club, will also feature top names like of Argentina, who is a winner and member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team.

Other marquee names also include and Ryder Thomas Bjorn, who has 21 worldwide wins, including 15 on Just last month, Bjorn led a strong European team to a fine win over in the EurAsia Cup in

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

But the spotlight will be on Subhankar, the highest-ranked Indian in the USD 1.75 million tournament.

With two wins in less than two months, Subhankar has broken into top-100 in the world at no. 72.

But it won't easy for the youngster as World No. 76 Lahiri, a regular on the PGA Tour, will try to reclaim the trophy which he last won in 2015.

Defending champion Chawrasia too would be eager to claim a hat-trick of titles following his wins here in 2016 and 2017.

Other Indians to feature in the tournament are Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sanshu, Mukesh Kumar, and to name a few.

summed the importance of the tournament nicely when he said: "The National Championship (the Indian Open) is the most important tournament in your calender.

"For a Indian golfer, it is like the fifth Major. Every dreams of winning his or her national championship.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 15:40 IST