The Contenders

Tue 02 Apr 2013

The Contenders

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The third edition of the US$300,000 Panasonic Open India makes its return to the Delhi Golf Club and promises to showcase the best players from the Asian Tour. We check out the likely contenders this week.
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind)
Singh is India’s most successful golfer and is a two-time Asian Tour number one. Long regarded as the flag bearer for Indian golf, Singh has won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times on the Japan and European Tours, including last year’s Scottish Open. His two Order of Merit triumphs came in 2006 and 2008 on the Asian Tour. He has finished second a few times at Delhi Golf Club and will be looking for his first win
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
The Panasonic Open India was where Lahiri earned his career breakthrough at the inaugural edition in 2011. The Delhi Golf Club was once regarded as a bane for Lahiri but he showed that he has truly conquered his demons by winning all three of his Asian Tour titles at the venerable course. Lahiri has been regarded as the next generation of players from India to lead golf in the country to greater heights and he is one to look out for this week.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
Bhullar is a four-time Asian Tour winner and his rise to the top has been rapid. He won twice last season and held his won by finishing second against a stellar field on home soil a fortnight ago. Bhullar’s career has been on an upswing since he made his debut on the Asian Tour in 2007. Look out for the talented Indian as he’s definitely hungry for more success on the region’s premier Tour.
Oliver Wilson (Eng)
The Englishman has finished second nine times on the European Tour and reached the pinnacle when he represented Europe at the 2008 Ryder Cup, coming from four down to defeat Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson 2 and 1 in the second day foursomes alongside partner Henrik Stenson. Wilson came close to winning in Asia when he finished second behind Spain's Sergio Garcia at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2009 and is ready to test himself against the best players from the region's premier Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013.