The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) returns with the newly sanctioned J&k Open after eight years that has roped back one of India’s finest golfers, Jyoti Randhawa after a hiatus.
Jyoti was one of the top 100 golfers in the world for a period of five years that ran from 2004 till 2008. He is a 16-time pro title winner which includes eight Asian Tour victories and a runners-up finish in the 2004 Johnny Walker Classic on the European Tour. The golfer from Delhi will be the most followed in Srinagar at the Royal Springs Gold Course for the next four days starting from Wednesday. Jyoti currently stands in 50th place in the PGTI Order of Merit.
Apart from the 49-year-old golfer, the other professionals include the likes of Udayan Mane, the leader of the PGTI Order of Merit Karandeep Kochhar, international winners Khalin Joshi, Rashid Khan, Viraj Madappa along with the former champion Chikkarangappa S, Manu Gandas among the many others will be seen in action later this week.
“The return of men’s professional golf to the Kashmir valley gives us a great opportunity to showcase J&K as a golfing destination, said the secretary, tourism & culture department of Jammu & Kashmir Sarmad Hafeez as reported the Indian Express. “We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the PGTI,” he added
The competition is part of J&K Tourism’s initiative to promote the tourism of golf in the region. Along with the Royal Springs Golf course in Srinagar, the other courses include the Gulmarg Golf Club, Jammu Tawi Golf Course and Pahalgam Golf Course (Lidder Valley) will add to the attraction of the region.