New Delhi; 13th August 2020: The week of India’s 74th Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, August 15th, 2020, could not be a more apt setting for Indian Golf aficionados to celebrate and revisit a little bit of history themselves. For come Thursday of the week, two tournaments on either side of the Atlantic, will do just that.
So while Anirban Lahiri will hope that he becomes only the second Indian after Arjun Atwal to win on the PGA Tour by bagging the very tournament- The Wyndham Championship, that Atwal won a decade ago; ‘across the pond’ at The Renaissance Club course in North Berwick, Scotland, for the first time in the history of the Ladies PGA (LPGA) Tour, three Indian woman pro golfers will tee-off in the same tournament.
Anirban, now in his 6th season on the world’s toughest golf tour, will be playing after almost a five-month break at the Par-70, Sedgefield Country Club Course, in North Carolina, and will be happy to have Atwal himself for company.
The senior pro has been much busier and the Wyndham will be his fourth tournament tee-off since July.
In-fact, the 47-year old Indian legend has been pretty sharp in recent times and has played all four days in each of his three earlier starts.
Will he be able to rollback the years for a historic double at Wyndham? Only time will tell.
The Renaissance Club course in Scotland will be home to the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, a premiere 34-year tournament, now co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the LPGA Tour.
India’s top woman golfer, 22-year old Aditi Ashok, will act as veteran as she leads two other young and talented compatriots, Tvesa Malik and teenager Diksha Dagar, to a historic first for their country on the LPGA Tour.
Aditi, presently ranked 148th on the Rolex World Rankings and into her fourth year on the LPGA Tour, is still looking for her first-victory after winning three-times on the LET, where she was named Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Both Tvesa, a few months shy of her 25th birthday, and 19-year old Diksha however, will be making their LPGA debuts at The Renaissance.
Diksha, who won the South Africa Open on the LET last year, has played just three tournaments this year, notching up a top-10 finish in New South Wales, Australia. Tvesa too had begun the year well, making two cuts out of her three LET tee-offs in 2020.
The Ladies Scottish Open has a strong field in attendance with world number 2 and winner of back-to-back tournaments in the US over the past 30 days, Danielle Kang, leading the charge and looking in red-hot form for a rare hat-trick.
Two other top-10 players and the legendary Kiwi Lydia Ko, now ranked 41st in the world, will also be in the fray looking to halt the American Kang’s charge.
The Indian trio on the other hand will be a bit rusty given like Anirban, they too will be playing competitive golf after a 5-month break, thanks to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
All in all and after a long time a power-packed week for Indian Golf. Lets hope for some magic.