CHANDIGARH: TAKE Sports and the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will be staging the third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Sports at the esteemed Chandigarh Golf Club from December 3 to 6, 2020. The main event will be preceded by the Pro-Am event on December 2.
The tournament had been jointly launched by TAKE Sports and TATA Steel PGTI in 2018 as a gesture to honour Indian golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh. The much-anticipated tournament will be staged at Jeev’s home course, the Chandigarh Golf Club, for the third year in succession and will offer an attractive prize purse of Rs. 1.5 crore. The field will feature 120 participants.
The star-studded field for the tournament this year is one of the strongest Chandigarh has ever witnessed as the who’s who of Indian golf will be there including event host Jeev Milkha Singh, PGA Tour regular Anirban Lahiri, European Tour regulars Gaganjeet Bhullar and SSP Chawrasia and Asian Tour regulars Jyoti Randhawa, Rashid Khan and former champion Chikkarangappa, to name a few. Anirban Lahiri will be playing his first PGTI event in over six years. Lahiri last played on the tour in 2014.
The foreign challenge will be led by the Bangladesh duo of Mohammed Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain.
The other prominent names from Chandigarh besides Jeev Milkha Singh are those of Karandeep Kochhar (the winner of PGTI’s last event), Akshay Sharma, Aadil Bedi, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Sujjan Singh, Angad Cheema, Harendra Gupta, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Harmeet Kahlon, Amandeep Johl, Gurbaaz Mann, Ranjit Singh and Amritinder Singh. The legendary Jeev Milkha Singh is the first Indian professional golfer to have a PGTI event named after him. Jeev conquered uncharted territory over two decades back when he became one of the first Indian golfers to taste success at the international level. Since then he has added many more firsts and Indian records to his name.
Jeev has the rare distinction of being the only Indian to have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice (in 2006 & 2008). He has won multiple titles on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour and has 14 Major appearances to his name. Jeev has also achieved a career-high world ranking of 28, an Indian record.
Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh said, “I’m really excited about hosting the third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports. I couldn’t have asked for better finishes over the last two years as both the previous editions ended with playoffs. The tournament has also had very strong fields and good scoring in the past. Hopefully, we’ll get to witness an even more enthralling and successful event this year.
“I would like to thank Mr. Srinivasan HR and TAKE Sports for being the driving force behind the event and the PGTI, all our players and the Chandigarh Golf Club for their support in making the event a success. We are going through tough times being in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic so I would like to request everyone to kindly follow all the safety protocols during the event in order to stay safe and healthy. The PGTI has done a great job with the smooth conduct of two events in the Chandigarh Tricity region last month. I’m sure that they will conduct the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Presented by TAKE Sports with equal efficiency.”
Mr. Srinivasan H R, Director, TAKE Sports Management Private Limited and Joint President, PGTI, said, “We are glad to host the 3rd edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Sports. In these times of pandemic when there are severe restrictions, TAKE is committed to stay the course and create every opportunity for young Indian professionals to play with their international peers. It is heartening to witness a strong field in the last two years with leading Indian golfers and international players participating in an Indian tournament.”
He further added, “The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is taking every measure to ensure the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines are adhered to. We look forward to a safe tournament as we prepare to host this prestigious event.”
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We eagerly look forward to staging the third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports, one of TATA Steel PGTI’s marquee events. The first two editions of the tournament exceeded expectations with memorable playoff finishes. We can expect another fascinating week of golf this year with a number of India’s international stars participating in the event.
“The event is our tribute to Jeev Milkha Singh for his unparalleled achievements on the international stage which brought glory to India and inspired a whole generation of Indian golfers. We thank TAKE Sports for helping us make this event a reality and being a pillar of support for us in these testing times. We also thank the Chandigarh Golf Club, Jeev’s home course, for hosting the event for the third year in succession.”
Mr. S S Sandhu, President, Chandigarh Golf Club, said, “Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports is one of the most prestigious events on the PGTI and we at Chandigarh Golf Club are proud to host it. The golf course is playing in its prime condition and as a testimony of it we had a 10-under-62 score by Sunit Chowrasia in the recently concluded PGTI event which was a new course record. As always the city’s golf fans and juniors look forward to seeing the best talent in the country playing on their home course.”
Mr. S P S Matharoo, Captain, Chandigarh Golf Club, said, “The Chandigarh Golf Club is honoured to host the third edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports which is one of the biggest events of the Indian golfing calendar. We at the Chandigarh Golf Club have left no stone unturned in ensuring that the professionals get the best playing conditions possible. We are confident that the players will relish the experience of playing at the Chandigarh Golf Club which will further elevate the level of competition.”