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Chance for Mukesh Kumar to get back to the top

He was recently displaced by Gangjeet Bhullar

NEW DELHI: Seasoned pro Mukesh Kumar will try to get back to the top of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) Order of Merit by winning the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Open golf championship starting at the Qutab Golf Course here from Wednesday.

Mukesh was recently displaced from the top slot on the Order of Merit by young golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar, who recorded two back-to-back wins at Jaipur and Amby Valley. However, the 20-year-old is off to Korea to take part in an Asian Tour event — the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul — and that provides Mukesh the best chance to regain his lost glory.

But it is not going to be a smooth journey for the veteran as several others in the field of 120 will aspire to lay their hands on the winner’s trophy in the Rs. 20 lakh tournament.

Prominent names in the domestic circuit like Ashok Kumar, Rahul Ganapathy, Himmat Singh Rai, C. Muniyappa, Digvijay Singh, Harendra P. Gupta, Harmeet Kahlon, Arjun Singh and Raju Ali Mollah assure that the contest is not going to be predictable.

The other interesting aspect is the evolution of the par-70 course, the only public course in the country, in the last few years. In 2005, Mukesh had cracked a 30-under score in a tournament here and the 43-year-old thinks it’s impossible for anyone to replicate that.

“The course has improved a lot. It has become lot more difficult, which would compel the players to play safe. A 15-under total should be a winning score,” Mukesh said.

“They have increased the length of the course and created more hazards. Besides, the trees have grown up to make things more difficult,” he added.

Nandlal, Finance Member, DDA, and captain of the course, said efforts were being made to make the tournament a regular event and develop a better public golf course in Delhi.

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