Arjun Atwal’s first professional victory – 1999 Wills Indian Open

Arjun Atwal’s first professional victory – 1999 Wills Indian Open

Ali Sher was the first Indian to win the Indian Open in 1991 and he won it again in 1993 and after that no Indian won the national championship for next 5 years until Firoz Ali won the Classic Indian Open in 1998.
 
1999 was the fifth season of the Asian Golf Tour and the second consecutive season of Indian Open being part of the Asian Golf Tour or the Omega Tour. Before the event two things had happened, first Wills came back to support the national championship (previously Wills sponsored the event from 1989 to 1991) and the second thing was that 1999 was the third consecutive year of Royal Calcutta Golf Club hosting the Indian Open previously, Delhi Golf Club had hosted the national championship three times in row (1971-1973).
 
The third event of 1999 Asian Tour season was Wills Indian Open and this particular edition had one of the strongest Indian line-ups like the defending champion Firoz Ali, Jyoti Randhawa, Basad Ali, Chini Ali, Jeev Milkha Singh, Indrajit Bhalotia, SSP Chawrasia and Arjun Atwal.
 
Arjun Atwal scored 72, 68, 66, 70 to win the 1999 Wills Indian Open at 12 under 276 and his first Asian Tour victory at age 26 and after the win India became the fourth nation to win the Indian Open consecutive times, previously Japan, New Zealand and USA had achieved the feat.
 
The 1999 Wills Indian Open will always be a special victory for Arjun Atwal as that win gave him a lot of confidence and Atwal would go on to play in the PGA Tour and win 11 international events, including 2010 PGA Tour victory in Wyndham Championship i.e., the first and only Indian to win in America’s PGA Tour.
 
And today 14th March, 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of Arjun Atwal’s 1999 Wills Indian Open victory at Royal Calcutta Golf Club.


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March 14, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

How Akshay Sharma almost broke the record of all-time lowest winning score of -25 in a PGTI tournament?

How Akshay Sharma almost broke the record of all-time lowest winning score of -25 in a PGTI tournament?

Akshay Sharma started at -7 on day 1 and within three days, Sharma reached -19 in 54 holes and in the final round, Sharma scored 33 in first nine to move -22 and in the back nine, Sharma reached -25 after scoring a birdie on hole 16th and now with just two holes remaining, Sharma got even par in the 17th to stay at -25 and in the final hole Sharma got an unfortunate bogey which reduced his score to -24 and lost the chance of being the first player to get a winning total of -25 in a PGTI tournament but still Sharma got something home as he equaled the all-time lowest PGTI score of -24 in Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club.

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November 10, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

How does PGTI Players Championship’s Max Play format works?

How does PGTI Players Championship’s Max Play format works?

Golf action in India is finally resumed after a long time and Professional Golf Association of India’s first post-lockdown tournament is PGTI Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club and usually PGTI have a stroke play format in their events but this time in the Players Championship there will be an updated version of stroke play and it’s called Max Play or Maximum Play.
 
What is Maximum Play?
Maximum Play is an improvised version of stroke play format in which players need to hole out on every hole and can pick up the ball after achieving a maximum score in that hole. This method speeds up the game of golf.
 
How does this format work?
Now, here the maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.
For example, a player with a Course Handicap of 12 is entitled to one additional stroke on holes allocated with stroke index 1 through 12 on the scorecard. On a par 4 hole, with a Stroke Index of 10, the player’s maximum score would be 4 (par) + 2 (double bogey) + 1 (stroke received) = 7.

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November 05, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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