PUNE: The inaugural Western India Oxford Masters will feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Chiragh Kumar at the Oxford Golf Resort here from Tuesday.
2011 Rolex Player of the Year Chiragh finished tied second along with Anirban Lahiri at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday and thus secured his card for the 2016 Asian Tour season.
It was the Delhi golfer’s best finish on the Asian Tour since his second place at the Indian Open 2011. With Chiragh getting back to form, he is likely to be one of the top contenders this week.
Seasoned professionals Mukesh Kumar of Mhow and Delhi’s Shamim Khan will bring all their experience to the fore in order to conquer the challenging layout of the Oxford Golf Resort. Mukesh (2008 Rolex Rankings champion) and Shamim (2012 Rolex Rankings champion), both winners in the 2015 season, are currently ranked second and third in the Rolex Rankings.
They are the highest ranked players in the field this week and strong contenders for the title. Interestingly, both players have registered wins in Pune in the past.
Bangaloreans Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane and Gurgaon’s Shubhankar Sharma, all tournament winners on the PGTI, are some of the promising youngsters playing this week.
The international challenge will be led by the likes of Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Australian Kunal Bhasin and Bangladeshi Md Zamal Hossain Mollah.