Chawrasia stars in inaugural Kolkata Classic Golf C’ship
Newly-crowned Indian Open champion SSP Chawrasia will be the star attraction when he tees off at the inaugural Kolkata Classic Golf Championship at the historic Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) from on Tuesday.
The Kolkata Classic, the fourth event of the Professional Golf Tour of India’s (PGTI) 2016 season, carries a prize purse of Rs. 30 lakh.
Some of the top names in the event include Kolkata trio of Chawrasia, 2014 Rolex Ranking champion Shankar Das and current Rolex Ranking leader Feroz Ali Mollah as well as Shubhankar Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Khalin Joshi, Udayan Mane, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Abhijit Singh Chadha.
The foreign challenge will be led by the Sri Lankan trio of N Thangaraja, Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran.
Chawrasia returns to his home course after his phenomenal Indian Open triumph in Delhi yesterday which took him from 243 to 151 in the world rankings.
Chawrasia, still basking in the glory of one of his biggest victories, said, “It always feels special to come back home after winning a title as all my friends and well-wishers get together at RCGC and discuss my performance. It’s fun reliving the whole experience with all of them. This is exactly what happened when I came to RCGC on Monday morning. “I’ve achieved a big milestone of qualifying for the Olympics and am quite excited about it. It’s an honour to be able to represent the country at Rio. Teaming up with my good friend Anirban is also something I’m looking forward to.”
This is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament featuring a field of 119 players which would include 114 professionals and five amateurs.
Indian golfing great Lakshman Singh, a double gold medallist at the 1982 Asian Games, will also be playing the event as one of the five amateurs.
With the launch of the Kolkata Classic, the sports-loving city of Kolkata is now set to host two PGTI events in the 2016 season, the other being the year-ending Tour Championship.