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Indian golfers eager to exploit home advantage

New Delhi, Jan 25 (UNI) Indian golfers are rubbing their hands in anticipation, fully convinced that their home advantage could prove decisive in the forthcoming EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters to be played here from February 5 to 10.

''It's an historic moment for Indian golf and a great opportunity for all of us to showcase our talent on the global stage,'' said Harmeet Kahlon, a seasoned Indian tour player.

''The tournament, I am sure, will produce an interesting duel for honours and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.'' ''When it comes to playing home courses, Indians are tigers.

They know how to leverage their 'local knowledge' and this could be our biggest advantage. And the layout of this Delhi Golf Club is quite unique in the sense that almost every fairway has thick bushes on both the sides where it is difficult to find the ball.

Precision is required off the tee and there is hardly any margin of error,'' he said adding, ''The standard of Indian golf has risen to such an extent that if an Indian goes on to win the tournament, it won't be a surprise, but a reflection on the depth of our golfing talent in the country.'' Jeev Milkha Singh will lead a strong Indian contingent in the star-studded event which will feature heavyweights like world number five Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clark and Mark O'Meara among others.

Apart from Jeev, the Indian squad will include Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Kapur, Gaurav Ghei, Gaganjit Bhullar, Digvijay Singh, Ashok Kumar, S S P Chowrasia, Uttam Singh Mundi, Himmat Singh, Anir Lahairi and others.


Story first published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 20:05 [IST]
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