Gangjee spearheads Indian challenge at Louis Philippe Cup
Bengaluru, Jul 30 (PTI) Seasoned Pro Rahil Gangjee will lead the Indian challenge at the USD 75000 Louis Philippe Cup which tees off at the picturesque Prestige Golfshire Club golf course here tomorrow.
Around 132 golfers from 20 nations will battle it out for top honours at the tournament, an Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) co-sanctioned event.
Two-time Asian tour winner Gangjee will hope the Louis Philippe Cup stays at home but it won't be easy as this is the first time a pro event is being held at the course in five years and the layout has undergone considerable changes.
Gangjee, who won his second Asian Tour event this year, winning the Panasonic Open in Japan in April, said: "The course is in fine condition and it is going to play very fast. This time of the year, the Prestige Golfshire course is at its challenging best with heavy winds which will only lead to a very interesting competition."
"The field consists of the best from India and a few seasoned professionals from Asia and this tournament is no way to be taken lightly. As far as I am concerned there's only goal for me and that is come back home with the trophy."
The 132-member strong field includes the top 60 ranked golfers from the Indian pro circuit as well as around 50 golfers representing some 20 nationalities from the ADT.
Some other top golfers who will be competing here are three-time Asian Tour winner Marcus Both of Australia, Sri Lanka's popular Mithun Pereira who has won five times on the Indian tour, local star S Chikarangappa who is a two-time winner on the ADT and Delhi's Rashid Khan, a two-time winner on Asian Tour.
Also participating in the tournament are Chandigarh based amateur Aadil Bedi and Noida based Hari Mohan, who would be representing India in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.
The leading seven players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the main Asian Tour in 2019 which boasted 30 events with a total of USD 3,62,30,000 prize money in 2017