Press Release - CG and PGTI announce CG Open 2012 - Golf
- Prize purse of Rs 1 crore
8th Oct 2012
Rashid Khan & team win the Pro-Am event of the CG Open 2012
Mumbai, October 7, 2012: The Pro-Am event of the CG Open 2012 was won by professional Rashid Khan and his team at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Sunday.
The Pro-Am was played in the team scramble format where the team`s best ball was chosen on every shot including the putting green. After the best ball was chosen all other players were to place their ball within one score-card length before continuing play.
PGTI member Rashid Khan led his team to victory with a score of 54.1. Rashid`s team comprised of amateurs Mr. Hiren Pandit, Mr. Brijender Singh and Mr. Milind Kamat.
PGTI member Rafick Ali Mollah`s team posted a score of 54.4 to finish second. Rafick`s team comprised of amateurs Ms. Sangeeta K, Ms. Mugdha Datar and Ms. Rani Goenka.
6th Oct 2012
Shamim Khan climbs to the top with a fiery 66 in round three
Mumbai, October 5, 2012 : Shamim Khan of Delhi climbed to the top of the leaderboard with a fiery four-under-66 in round three of the CG open 2012. Shamim’s total score now reads 11-under-199. Rashid Khan, another Delhi golfer, is placed second as he trails Shamim by one stroke.
Shamim Khan (65-68-66), who was overnight tied second, enjoyed a good start to the day as he picked up a birdie on the first. However, a couple of missed chip-putts led to bogeys for Shamim on the second and seventh. A 10-feet birdie putt on the par-3 eighth got him back to level-par for the day. From there on, the 34-year-old, made further breakthroughs with birdies on the 11th and 16th and a spectacular eagle on the 18th. He sank a 25-footer on the 11th and a 20-footer on the 18th which gave him the lead.
Shamim, the current Rolex Rankings leader, said, “I had a brilliant day with the putter. I got my rhythm going after the 10-feet birdie putt on the eighth. Unlike round two, I putted really well on the back-nine today. The 20-feet eagle putt on the closing 18th helped me finish the day as the leader and did a lot for my confidence going into the final round. That putt was a tricky one as the ball had to travel first uphill and then downhill.”
Rashid Khan (69-65-66), moved up from overnight tied fourth to second place after posting a 66 on Friday. He got off to a flying start in round three with birdies on the first, second and fourth holes. The 21-year-old dropped a bogey on the eighth but did well to end the day with birdies on the 17th and 18th. His total now stands at 10-under-200.
“I made some really good chip-putts today. I landed my chip shots within a foot for birdies on the fourth and 18th and within two feet for par saves on the 11th, 12th and 14th. I also sank a 30-footer for birdie on the second. I finished tied fifth at the CG Open last year so I would like improve on that finish this time around,” said Rashid, who has won at the BPGC when he played on the junior circuit.
Vinod Kumar (69-65-67) of Delhi made a move from overnight tied fourth to tied third after a round of 67 on Friday. After making two birdies and two bogeys on the front-nine, Vinod picked up the pace on the back-nine with three birdies. He closed the day with a total of nine-under-201.
Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta (65-66-70), the round two leader, slipped to tied third in round three after returning an even-par-70 that included three birdies and three bogeys.
Kolkata’s SSP Chowrasia lies fifth at seven-under-203.
5th Oct 2012
Gupta builds up two-stroke lead on Day 2
Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh fired a four-under-66 to take his total to nine-under-131 and build a two-stroke lead in round two on the second day of the CG Open Golf 2012 here today.
Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad and Delhi`s Shamim Khan are in tied second place with total scores of seven-under-133 at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club course in suburban Chembur.
Two other Delhi golfers, Vinod Kumar and Rashid Khan, are in tied fourth position with totals of six-under-134 each.
Kolkata`s SSP Chowrasia and Jamshedpur-based amateur Karan Taunk share sixth place at five-under-135.
Sixty professionals and one amateur made the cut at three-over-143.
Gupta (65-66), the overnight joint leader, began the second round from the 10th hole. He dropped a bogey on the 15th after five consecutive pars and then made a comeback with birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th.
The Chandigarh professional then picked up a birdie on the fourth with a good chip-putt. His second bogey of the day that came on the sixth was followed by birdies on the seventh and eighth where he rolled it in from 10 to 12 feet.
"My effort in the first two rounds has given me a great launch-pad for the final two rounds. I was struggling with the short putts on the first-nine today but managed to turn it around on the second-nine where I holed a lot of putts," he said afterwards.
"I missed four greens today and some crucial chip-putts as well. I need to find more greens in the next two rounds in order to improve my chances. Nonetheless, this is a good position to be in at the halfway stage."
5th Oct 2012
Gupta in the lead
Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta holds a two-stroke lead after two rounds in the CG Open at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club here on Thursday.
Gupta was placed at a nine-under 131 after he carded a four-under-66 on the second day of the Open. Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan and Delhi’s Shamim Khan are behind Gupta with a seven-under-133.
Sixty professionals and one amateur made the cut set at 143.
“My effort in the first two rounds has given me a great launch-pad for the final two rounds. I was struggling with the short putts on the first-nine today, but managed to turn it around on the second-nine where I holed a lot of putts,” said Gupta.
Delhi’s Vinod Kumar and Rashid Khan are in tied fourth position with a score of six-under-134 and Kolkata’s S.S.P Chowrasia and the Jamshedpur -based amateur Karan Taunk share the sixth place at five-under-135.
4th Oct 2012
Harendra, Shamim in joint lead after round one of CG Open
Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh and Delhi`s Shamim Khan shot identical scores of five-under-65 to share the lead at the end of round one of the CG Open at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club here today.
Gupta, a winner on the PGTI this year, got off to a terrific start as he birdied the first hole. He then picked up an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole where he found the green in two shots.
Gupta picked up two more strokes on the 16th and 18th. He made a decent chip-putt on the 16th and converted an 18-footer on the 18th to end the day with a bogey-free round.
"I took advantage of par-5 holes and picked up strokes on all four of them. I also had a couple of lip-outs otherwise my score would`ve been even better. I`ve been in good form recently and am regularly finishing in top-10. My new clubs have helped me raise my game. I`ll look to build on this solid start in next three rounds," Gupta said after his round.
Shamim Khan, who won on the PGTI two weeks back, began with a birdie on the first before dropping a stroke on the second. He then enjoyed a golden run of three straight birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Shamim sank a 15-footer on the fifth and a 25-feet putt on the sixth. Thereafter, he birdied the 10th, 16th and 18th and bogeyed the 14th to end up with the joint best score of the day.
Md Islam of Patna is in third place at four-under-66. He made an eagle on the first and two more birdies to be placed third at four-under-66.
Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad and Deepinder Singh Kullar of Gurgaon are in tied fourth at three-under-67. SSP Chowrasia, Mukesh Kumar and former champion Ashok Kumar are a further stroke behind, along with R Murthy, Ranjit Singh Rathore, amateur Karan Taunk, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Ikramuddin Shah.
4th Oct 2012
CG Open from today
The sport of golf has not seen anything of this kind in the city and so it was with some pride that PGTI Director Padaamjit Sandhu said at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club here on Wednesday that the CG Open is one of the highlights of the PGTI calendar with high prize money of Rs. 1 crore.
Leading golfers like Digvijay Singh and S.S.P. Chowrasia and the 2011 Rolex rankings champion Chiragh Kumar are participating in the tournament that will conclude on Saturday.
Other notable names are Ashok Kumar, C. Muniyappa, Mukesh Kumar, Rashid Khan, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Harendra Gupta, Gaurav Ghei, Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana and Bangladesh’s Md. Zamal Hossain Mollah.
The CG Open and BILT Open at Delhi Golf Club (Oct. 10-13) will be the crucial phase to determine the two qualifiers for the Barclays Singapore Open to be played at the Sentosa Golf Club from Nov. 8 to 11.
Responding to a question on where the prize money is headed, Sandhu said: “There has been an exponential growth in the last five or six years, but it has been a phase of stabilising it (prize money) in the last two-and-a-half years.
“There has been a slowdown in economy, yet we were able to get two partners and sponsors in TEN, Incredible India, Volvo and Rolex. There is scope to increase the prize money by 15 to 20 per cent in the two or three years. We will focus on providing more opportunities in terms of events and coaching. We already hold five international events in India.”
4th Oct 2012
CG Open Championship 2012
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4th Oct 2012
Harendra Gupta & Shamim Khan in the joint lead in round one of the CG Open
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Mumbai, October 3, 2012: Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh and Delhi’s Shamim Khan share the lead at the end of round one of the CG Open 2012. Harendra and Shamim shot identical scores of five-under-65 at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) on Wednesday. Md Islam of Patna is in third place at four-under-66.
Harendra Gupta, a winner on the PGTI this year, got off to a terrific start as he birdied the first hole. He then picked up an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole where he found the green in two shots. Gupta picked up two more strokes on the 16th and 18th. He made a decent chip-putt on the 16th and converted an 18-footer on the 18th to end the day with a bogey-free round.
Gupta said, “I took advantage of the par-5 holes today as I picked up strokes on all four of them. I also had a couple of lip-outs today otherwise my score would’ve been even better. I’ve been in good form recently and am regularly finishing in the top-10. My new clubs have helped me raise my game. I’ll look to build on this solid start in the next three rounds.”
Shamim Khan, who won on the PGTI two weeks back, began with a birdie on the first on Wednesday before dropping a stroke on the second. He then enjoyed a golden run of three straight birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth. Shamim sank a 15-footer on the fifth and a 25-feet putt on the sixth. Thereafter, he birdied the 10th, 16th and 18th and bogeyed the 14th to end up with the joint best score of the day.
Shamim said, “My putting percentage has improved in recent weeks and that has helped my game. I sank two long putts today and also a couple of putts from eight to 10 feet. The chipping was also good, especially on the 16th and 18th. I’ll look to capitalize on this fantastic start.”
Md Islam made an eagle on the first and two more birdies to be placed third at four-under-66.
Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad and Deepinder Singh Kullar of Gurgaon are in tied fourth at three-under-67.
SSP Chowrasia, Mukesh Kumar and former champion Ashok Kumar are a further stroke behind along with R Murthy, Ranjit Singh Rathore, amateur Karan Taunk, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Ikramuddin Shah.
3rd Oct 2012
Mumbai, October 3, 2012 : CG Ltd., part of the US$ 4 bn Avantha Group, and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) today announced the schedule for the CG Open 2012. The CG Open will be played at Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai, from October 3-6. The Pro-Am will be played on October 7.
The star-studded field will feature Asian Tour regulars SSP Chowrasia and Digvijay Singh, the 2011 Rolex Rankings champion Chiragh Kumar, former champions Ashok Kumar, Kunal Bhasin of Australia, and Mandeo Singh Pathania. Other top Indian professionals playing at the event include C Muniyappa, Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Om Prakash Chouhan, Rashid Khan, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Harendra Gupta, and Gaurav Ghei. Foreign professionals Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka), Anura Rohana (Sri Lanka), and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bangladesh) are the other notable names in the field.
Mr. Laurent Demortier, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, CG, said, “We look forward to hosting the CG Open in association with the PGTI. Indian golfers have been taking great strides in the sport and it is our great privilege to support them on this journey. I wish the participants all the best as they fight it out for the Rolex crown.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “The CG Open is one of the highlights of the PGTI calendar. The 2012 edition of the tournament will witness a classic showdown between the top professionals of the country as the race for the Rolex Rankings crown enters a crucial phase. We thank CG for their commitment to this event for the last six years. The CG Open’s handsome prize purse of Rs. 1 crore has helped in further raising the bar for Indian professional golf.”
Founded in 1927, the Bombay Presidency Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the country. The course at the BPGC underwent extensive redesign and modifications in 2009. The BPGC has a very demanding course with a large golf-focused member community.
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