Petroleum Open on March 31

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24. Jeev Milkha Singh is among the leading names in the fray when the country's richest ever golf event, the Petroleum Open championship, begins at the Delhi Golf Club course here on March 31.

With Rs. 50 lakh up for grabs in prize-money, the Petroleum Open has attracted, among others, former Hero Honda Masters winner Harmeet Kahlon, Amandeep Johl, Gaurav Ghei, Arjun Singh, Uttam Singh Mundy, Shiv Kapur and Ashok Kumar besides four professionals from Thailand.

The notable absentees are Arjun Atwal, busy playing in Europe, and an injured Jyoti Randhawa.

The event, held as part of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board's silver jubilee celebrations, offers Rs. 8.1 lakh to the winner and as much as Rs. 23,000 to 50th finisher. In fact, even the 10th placed golfer will get Rs. 1,05,000.

Speaking on the occasion, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's A. K. Balyan and Indian Oil's P. K. Aggarwal highlighted the contribution of the Petroleum sector in encouraging talented sportspersons.

The DGC's captain Manjit Singh said the event would have 110 professionals and 12 to 14 amateurs instead of the usual eight.

All the leading pros of the Indian Tour, headed by the current money leader Mukesh Kumar have confirmed participation.

The four Thai entrants are Atthapphon Prathumanee, Wisut Artjanawat, Chapchai Nirat and Ronnachai Jamnong.

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