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Indian Open: Bhullar, Lahiri to lead challenge

Indian Open: Bhullar, Lahiri to lead challenge
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In-form golfers Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar will lead the Indian challenge in the 49th edition of Hero Indian Open which ventures into Southern India for the first time in its nearly half a century history.

Lahiri, a winner on the Asian Tour this season, also made the cut and registered a hole-in-one at the British Open, while Bhullar, a three-time winner on Asian Tour, was second at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia two weeks’ ago and won in Taipei this week.

The duo along with Shiv Kapur will join a star-studded field, headlined by two of the hottest players on the European Tour over the last month  Swede Peter Hanson and Richie Ramsay of Scotland -- when the USD 1.25 million event begins here from October 18.

The oldest-running sports event in India, and one of the flagship events on the Asian Tour, the Hero India Open, will also feature England’s James Morrison, another European Tour winner.

The Hero Indian Open, which was held for the first time in 1964, has previously been held only in National Capital Region (Delhi Golf Club, Classic Golf resort and the DLF Golf and Country Club) and the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Pawan Munjal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd said: ‘Hero MotoCorp has supported golf for more than 15 years now. We have seen the game grow from humble beginnings to being a major sport in India.

‘I have always believed that we have to take big-ticket golf to other cities for the game to attract more followers in the country. And I am indeed happy that this year’s edition is being played in Bengaluru. I am sure the Hero Indian Open will go a long way in drawing more youngsters to the game.

‘This year’s field already looks very exciting with some of the top names confirming their participation, and I am sure more marquee players will be sending in their consent in the coming weeks.’
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