Calcutta: A star-studded field will tee off at the Delhi Golf Club to mark the Golden Jubilee of the prestigious Indian Open, starting November 7, here.
The event, which will be preceded by a Pro-Am on November 6, will carry a purse of $1.25 million.
Returning to the place of its birth in 1964, the Indian Open will see a plethora of champions and international stars line up for the tournament.
The list of early entries and confirmations indicate a strong line-up including the likes of PGA Tour winner, American Michael Thompson and multiple European Tour winner Robert Rock, whose resume includes a stunning win over a field featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Classic.
The 50th edition of the tournament will see a very strong Indian challenge, which blends youth with experience.
Former Indian Open winners like Arjun Atwal returns to his National Open, as does Jyoti Randhawa, one of the only two players to win the Indian Open three times in their career — the other one is five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson, who also played a big role in helping establish the Indian Open in 1960s.
Four other Indian winners, C. Muniyappa (2009), Vijay Kumar (2002), Firoz Ali (1998) and Ali Sher (1991 and 1993) will add to the charm of the historic staging.
While the past champions will relive their finest moments, the youth brigade led by four-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar, three-time Asian Tour winner Anirban Lahiri and other winners like SSP Chowrasia, Shiv Kapur, Himmat Rai and Digvijay Singh will fancy their chances.