October 30: Here are five interesting takeaways from the Panasonic Open India.
1Indian golfers have maintained a stranglehold on the tournaments held in their home country. Australian Wade Ormsby is the only foreigner to win the Panasonic Open India since the tournament was inaugurated in 2013. The last three winners of the Indian Open have been Indians.
2If you’re playing well, even an illness as serious as dengue can’t stop you. Panasonic Open India champion Shiv Kapur was recovering from the deadly virus when he teed up at the tournament. He shot an opening seven-under-par 65 enroute to his win at the Delhi Golf Club.
3Evident from the final standings, players from the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) can certainly compete with those from the Asian Tour. Most impressively, Karandeep Kochhar finished tied for second. He is only 18 years old and had only recently turned professional.
4The Delhi Golf Club is relatively short and has narrow fairways. Suffice to say, a good score there requires plenty of accuracy off the tees. Which was why, drivers were a rare sight at the tournament, or any other professional tournament held there for that matter.
5With so many points at stake at every Panasonic Swing event, players can certainly move up or down the rankings significantly. Chiragh Kumar was 68th. Now, after the Panasonic Open India, he propelled up the rankings to fourth. The next Panasonic Swing event will be the Indonesian Masters in December.