SSP Chawrasia, Arjun Atwal among golfers planning help for Cyclone Amphan-hit caddies in Kolkata’s golf courses
Top professionals, who have grown up playing at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club and the nearby Tollygunge, are extrememely sad and devastated at the destruction, which also puts back the resumption of golf in Kolkata.
Indian Open to kick off on 19 March with strong local and international contingent expected to participate
The flagship event of Indian golf -- which is also the longest-running international event in India — will see almost all top Indian golfers, including past champions such as SSP Chawrasia (2016 and 2017), Anirban Lahiri (2015) and three-time winner Jyoti Randhawa (2000, 2006 and 2007), in action at the Gary Player layout.
Year in review 2018: From Shubhankar Sharma's win at Maybank Championship to return of Rahil Gangjee, top moments in Indian golf
From Shubhankar Sharma’s final round 62 to win Maybank Championship to the return of Gangjee here are some of the highlights of Indian golf in 2018
CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma gets second career Top 10 finish on PGA Tour; emotional Marc Leishman wins title
Shubhankar Sharma was unable to find the momentum that had carried him into a share of the lead after three rounds as he slid to Tied-10th on the final day of the CIMB Classic. Yet, it was his second Top 10 finish on the PGA Tour.
Sharma, who was recently bestowed with the Arjuna Award, was in tied 14th place, four shots behind the surprise leader Bronson Burgoon (63) of USA.
Panasonic Open Golf Championship: Rahil Gangjee claims first Asian Tour title in 14 years with a single-stroke victory
The 39-year-old Gangjee claimed the winner's blue jacket at the 150-million-yen ($1.4 million) tournament by sinking a birdie at the last hole at the Ibaraki Country Club near Osaka.
Atwal, who was Asia No. 1 in 2003, said, "I hit it pretty solid. I'm happy with my score and I have no complaints."
Chowrasia rolled in a 15-footer birdie in extra time to cap a sensational comeback as he was five shots off the lead during the start of the day.
Gangjee is fourth with an earning of $103,636.25 while Chowrasia ($87,457.63) and Rashid ($75,687.50) seventh and ninth respectively.
In-form Anirban Lahiri carded a bogey-free six-under 66 to finish tied sixth, his sixth successive top-10 finish on Asian Tour.
Chowrasia, who will be dividing his time between Asian and European Tours this year, carded a first round of three-under 68 and was two behind the co-leaders, who shot 66 each.
Gangjee, who was placed tied 15th, is three behind the leader Hiroshi Iwata (68) of Japan at the end of the first round of the 36-hole qualifier.
Gangjee, who started the day from the 10th tee, opened the round with birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 1st, 4th and 7th holes, while he dropped shots on the sixth and 14th.
Kolkata-golfer Chowrasia (69, 68), who finished runner-up twice in the Indian Open, was a picture of consistency as he blasted seven birdies -- four of them in the last five holes -- against one bogey to take his three-day total to 13-under 203.
Gangjee (67-71-67-70), the overnight leader by three strokes, was in control all through the final day. The 35-year-old hit his drive to the right on the second but managed to salvage a birdie after a good third shot and a 10-feet conversion on the green.
Lahiri dropped no less than three bogeys and a double bogey in his five-over 41 for the front nine. Birdies on 15th and 18th just about ensured a top-10 finish.
At the top, Japan's Daisuke Kataoka is on a revenge hunt after he signed for a second round three-under-par 68 to continue his stranglehold in the event.
Lahiri, whose all three wins have come at the Delhi Golf Club, leads a strong Indian contingent of nine golfers, many of whom are past winners on Asian Tour.