New Delhi, Nov 1: India’s Arjun Atwal is looking forward to playing again on familiar winning ground when he begins his chase for individual glory at the Panasonic Open India which begins at the Delhi Golf Club on Thursday.
Atwal will lead Team Asia at a biennial match-play event in Malaysia in early 2018 and while he is excited about taking on the non-playing captaincy role, he is also looking forward to another winning performance at the US$400,000 event.
The Panasonic Open India will be Atwal’s second competitive start on home soil this season and with the year approaching to a close, he is aiming to end it on a high note.
Having won his sixth Asian Tour on home soil early this year, S.S.P. Chawrasia is hoping for another home victory that will strengthen his bid for the Asian Tour Order of Merit where he is currently in fourth place.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung believes a refreshing holiday break in Vietnam has revitalized him and is ready to chase for another Asian Tour win having earned his breakthrough in Thailand in June.
The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.
Did you know?
- Arjun Atwal is an eight-time Asian Tour champion, three-time European Tour winner and a winner on the PGA Tour. He also won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2003 and will captain Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in January 2018.
- Arjun made history by becoming the first Indian golfer to win on the US PGA Tour at the 2010 Wyndham Championship, which also secured him an invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament.
- Atwal’s last victory on the Asian Tour came in 2014 at the Dubai Open and his last win at Delhi Golf Club was in 2003.
- S.S.P. Chawrasia has won six times on the Asian Tour. Five of his victories were won on home soil.
- He won the Panasonic Open India in 2014 and is currently fourth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
- Chawrasia successfully defended his national open title in March this year which was also his latest win on the Asian Tour.
- Nicholas Fung earned his breakthrough at the Queen’s Cup in June this year.
- Apart from the win, Fung has no top-10 results so far this year. He enjoyed three top-20 finishes in Chinese Taipei and Macao in the last month.
“I’m hoping for a good showing here while keeping an eye on who are the hotter players on Tour right now so that I can make my captain’s picks.” – Arjun Atwal
Arjun Atwal (Ind)
It’s nice to be playing at home again for the second time this year, especially to a place like Delhi Golf Club. I’ve been playing here since my junior days and I had a bit of success here. The year has been patchy for me. I would have liked to have a consistent run going and I think I’m pretty close to getting it going. I’m hoping for a good showing here while keeping an eye on who are the hotter players on Tour right now so that I can make my captain’s picks. Hitting the fairways is all that matters here.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
I’m feeling really at home at the Delhi Golf Club. Obviously I’m very comfortable here and I’m looking forward to getting a good result this week. I’ve won a few times over here and I have many good memories of the Delhi Golf Club. I try to win every tournament that I played in and this week is no different. I know the course very well here and I’ll try my best. I’ve been playing with many of the top players in the last few weeks and I learnt a lot from them especially how to stay calm under pressure and how to score. I hope to put that into practice this week.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
I took a week off by going for a holiday with my girlfriend in Vietnam last week. That really took my mind off golf for a while and I’m back feeling very refreshed. It’s good. I haven’t been practising for eight days and today’s my first day back on the golf course. It has been good so far. I have not made any bogeys on this pro-am day. Hopefully it’ll continue throughout the week. I’ve a two years’ winner’s exemption on the Asian Tour now and it helps me mentally as I can plan my schedule better now and continue to gain more experience by playing in bigger events.
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