Bengaluru: The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will be staging the Indo-MIM Presents Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2019 Powered by Karnataka Tourism from December 17 to 20 at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course in Bengaluru.

The race will be on for the top spots in the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit at the last full field event of the season. The Bengaluru Open will also determine the players who make it to the elite field of PGTI’s top-60 at next week’s season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship in Jamshedpur.

The tournament, into its third edition, will feature a stellar field including reputed names such as Bengaluru-based international star Rahil Gangjee, former champions Udayan Mane and Sri Lankan Anura Rohana, as well as other leading golfers such as Honey Baisoya and Karandeep Kochhar. A total of 121 players will be competing at the event including 118 professionals and three amateurs.

There will be a strong local presence as besides Rahil Gangjee (pictured below, left), the likes of M Dharma, Syed Saqib Ahmed and C Muniyappa, all Bengaluru-based professionals, will also be part of the field. The prominent foreign names in the field include the Sri Lankan quartet of defending champion Anura Rohana (pictured below, right), Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Australian Kunal Bhasin.

Sumit Rathor, representing Indo-MIM, said, “I’m delighted to be presenting the Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2019 at my home club for the second year in succession following the highly successful 2018 edition. Bengaluru has emerged as a nursery for golfing talent in recent years as many players from the city have gone on to win accolades for the country at the international level. The 2019 edition of the event sets the stage for further popularizing professional golf in Bengaluru and encouraging more youngsters from the city to take up the sport. I’m happy to be associated with the TATA Steel PGTI and hope the tour goes from strength to strength. I wish the players all the best.”

Vinod Chinnappa, president, KGA, said, “The KGA has over the years produced many players of international repute who have done the country proud. The staging of the Indo-MIM Presents Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2019 Powered by Karnataka Tourism gives us an opportunity to further promote the sport in Bengaluru by showcasing the top names in Indian professional golf at our course. We’ve made our best efforts for providing the perfect playing conditions and we’re confident the professionals will relish the experience of playing at the KGA.”

Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “The Indo-MIM Presents Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2019 Powered by Karnataka Tourism has emerged as an important stop on the TATA Steel PGTI since its launch in 2017. We thank Indo-MIM for sharing our vision for the growth of professional golf in India through this partnership. We look forward to an exhilarating week of golf as the excitement peaks with the season nearing its conclusion and players staking claim to the top spots in the Order of Merit.”

The tournament, the penultimate event of the 2019 PGTI season, offers a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh.