Bengaluru, India, July 14: India’s Chikkarangappa S. hopes to turn his season around when he contends at the US$300,000 TAKE Solutions Masters on his favourite hunting ground early next month.
After a slow start to the season where he made only three cuts in nine starts, Chikkarangappa is determined to bounce back and relive his winning memories at the TAKE Solutions Masters which will take place for the first time on the region’s premier Tour from August 3 to 6.
The talented Indian won the event twice when it was staged as an Asian Development Tour (ADT) event in 2014 and 2015. He will be aiming for a repeat victory, albeit on a different course, at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) Golf Course, located in his hometown of Bengaluru.
“It is a good thing for all the players and the sponsor because the event has been upgraded from the ADT to the Asian Tour. For me, playing in your home event and in front of the home crowd will be a special thing,” said the 23-year-old Chikkarangappa.
“The TAKE Solutions Masters is a very special event for me because I started to move up on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) when I won the events on the ADT. Now I have a chance to challenge for my first win on the Asian Tour and I’m really looking forward to it,” he added.
He produced a gutsy display of golf when he won the TAKE Solutions Masters in 2014 and 2015. In the first year, he overcame a six-shot deficit to lift the trophy and in the following year, he defeated another rising star Shubhankar Sharma on the first play-off hole.
“There will be pressure for the home boy to perform but when I won, it was in the same situation. Playing and winning in the events have come at pressure moments and I like having that feeling. I perform and play better when I’m under pressure.” – Chikkarangappa S.
“There will be pressure for the home boy to perform but when I won, it was in the same situation. Playing and winning in the events have come at pressure moments and I like having that feeling. I perform and play better when I’m under pressure,” said Chikkarangappa.
The Indian enjoyed a solid season on the Asian Tour last year after missing only two cuts in 11 appearances. He also enjoyed two top-five results and two other top-10 finishes to end the season in 27th place on the Order of Merit.
“This is my first year with a full card and I’m playing in new events and courses. My performances haven’t been up to the mark but there are a couple of things which I’m working on. When you make changes and it doesn’t fall into place, you tend to get frustrated. But I know I need to move on and that’s what I’ve been doing.
“In the last month or so, I had a good time off and spent a couple of good days with my coach. We talked about what needs to be done and I see myself in a better situation now. The TAKE Solutions Masters will be the start of a busy second half of the year and like most players, I want to get off to the best start I can,” Chikkarangappa added.
About TAKE Solutions
TAKE Solutions is a globally recognized knowledge intensive player, delivering comprehensive and niche solutions in Life Sciences (LS). TAKE offers IP-based software and extensive knowledge-based solutions to enable efficient Clinical, Regulatory, Safety outcomes for global clients. TAKE encompasses specialized capabilities under its Life Sciences business Navitas Life Sciences, whose technology-led Life Sciences services across Clinical, Regulatory and Safety are augmented by full-service CRO with Clinical & BA/BE capabilities and Big Data analytics expertise of its legacy brands Ecron Acunova and Intelent. Navitas Life Sciences delivers flexible and scalable solutions by seamlessly combining best-in-class processes, meaningful and unique industry insight, innovative technology, exacting analytics and a customer-centric culture.
TAKE’s significant recognitions include a patent win from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its ‘Method for Optimizing Clinical Data Standardization’, a ‘Leader’ certification in Drug Safety Services & Life Sciences R&D IT Outsourcing from IDC, recognition as the ‘Dream Employer of the Year’ at the World HRD Congress, the title of ‘Most Admired Brand –IT’ from the Asian Customer Engagement Forum and a Special Commendation for excellence in Corporate Governance from the Golden Peacock Awards. With its global headquarters in Chennai, India, TAKE has a proven track record of delivering world-class solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide, including 9 of the top 10 global Pharma companies. For more information, please visit www.takesolutions.com.
About Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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