Indian Open: Chopra confirms his participation

Daniel-ChopraNew Delhi: Two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra today confirmed his participation in the US $1.25 million golden jubilee edition of the Hero Indian Open 2013. The tournament this year will be played from November 7-10 at the historic Delhi Golf Club.

Daniel spent his initial years playing at the Delhi Golf Club and won the All India Junior Golf Championships at the age of 14.

“I’m thrilled to be able to come back to India for the 50th Hero Indian Open. Delhi Golf Club is where I learned to play and Hero are such a great sponsor of golf in India, I can’t think of anything that would make me prouder than to win next week”.

Daniel, who is also a Hero brand ambassador, last competed in India in 2012 when he finished second at the inaugural Shubhkamna Golf Championships in Delhi. Apart from this he finished 4th in the Iskandar Johor Open and 6th at the Thailand Golf Championship last year.

Daniel, who currently is playing in the US PGA tour, finished off his season last month on the Tour in fine style, ending the Championship in T29 position. In 2012 on the Tour he finished T3 at the Mid Atlantic Championship and the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper respectively. Daniel finished the year in 21st position on the Money List with earnings of US$145,290 securing his US PGA Tour card for the new season.

The 50th edition of the Hero Indian Open 2013 this year has a very strong line-up including the likes of PGA Tour winner, American Michael Thompson, who achieved a breakthrough win at the Palm Beach event in Florida. Then there is multiple European Tour winner, Robert Rock, whose resume includes a stunning win over a field featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Classic.

The field this year will also boast of a strong Indian challenge, which blends youth with experience. Former Indian Open winners like Arjun Atwal, also the only Indian player to taste victory on the famed PGA Tour, returns to his National Open, as does Jyoti Randhawa, one of the only two players to win the Indian Open three times in their career – the other one is five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson, who also played a big role in helping establish the Indian Open in 1960s.

Four other Indian winners, C Muniyappa (2009), Vijay Kumar (2002), Feroze Ali (1998) and Ali Sher (1991 and 1993) will add to the charm of the historic staging.