Leading professionals for inaugural Rs 1 crore Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Invitational
Gurugram, September 26, 2022
Top professionals such as Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jyoti Randhawa, Manu Gandas and Shamim Khan are among the 126 golfers who will battle it out for honours in the inaugural Rs 1 crore prize money Kapil Dev – Grant Thornton Invitational slated to be played from September 27 – 30 at the Gary Player Course of the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.
This will be the first ever full-field PGTI event to be played at the Gary Player Course and it is expected to test the skills of all the professionals and amateurs.
After two days, the top 50 players and ties will advance to the last two rounds. The tournament will give amateur teams, consisting of golfers, celebrities and corporate leaders, a chance to partner with the pros in Rounds 3 and 4 to compete for separate team prizes. This gives club golfers a unique opportunity to experience what the pro golfers go through in the final two days of a tournament.
Besides Bhullar (11 international wins), Randhawa (9 international wins), Gandas (4 PGTI wins) and Khan (15 PGTI 3ins), other names include Himmat Rai (a winner on the Asian Tour), Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (4 PGTI wins) and Abhijit Singh Chadha (3 PGTI 3ins), to name a few.
The prominent foreign names in the field are those of Sri Lankans Mithun Perera (7 PGTI wins), Anura Rohana (6 PGTI wins), N Thangaraja (3 PGTI wins), Bangladeshi Jamal Hossain (3 PGTI wins) and Australian Kunal Bhasin (3 PGTI wins).
Gaganjeet , a winner on the Asian Tour this year, said, “It’s great to be back on the PGTI where I started my pro career. I’m also excited about returning to the DLF Golf & Country Club, a venue where I have won in the past. It’ll be fun playing alongside Jyoti who I grew up watching and Yuvraj who has been in tremendous form of late.”
Randhawa, who has had multiple wins at the DLF Golf & Country Club, said, “I would like to thank Mr. Kapil Dev and Grant Thornton for bringing a full-field PGTI event to the Gary Player Course at DLF Golf & Country Club which I feel is among the best courses in the country. The course is very demanding from tee to green. You have to be straight off the tees, be accurate with your second shots and need to negotiate the undulating greens.
“The unique format is something that both the professionals and amateurs are looking forward to. While the amateurs learn a lot tackling the pressure while playing alongside the professionals, we professionals also get to learn a lot about how the amateurs, a lot of whom come from the corporate world, deal with the pressures of their work.”