The Tata Steel Group and PGTI (Professional Golf Tour of India) will be hosting the season-ending Tata Steel Tour Championship at the Golmuri Golf Course in Jamshedpur on December 26-29, 2019. The event offers a handsome prize purse and will feature an elite field of 75 professionals.
The season-ending Tour Championship returns on the PGTI schedule after 2017. The tournament will be a 72-hole stroke-play championship and there will be no cut applied after 36 holes. All players will be guaranteed prize money. The Pro-Am event preceding the tournament will be played on December 25, 2019.
The tournament will feature the top 60 players from the current Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit including the likes of Rashid Khan and Chikkarangappa as well as 15 invitees such as Indian golfing legends Jeev Milkha Singh (13 international wins), Gaganjeet Bhullar (10 international wins), Jyoti Randhawa (9 international wins) and SSP Chawrasia (6 international wins). While Jeev will be making his maiden appearance in Jamshedpur, Jyoti, SSP and Gaganjeet have all competed at the TATA Open in Jamshedpur in the past.
SSP Chawrasia, a three-time winner of the Tata Open in 2003, 2005 and 2006, returns to play in Jamshedpur after nearly 12 years. Jyoti Randhawa, the runner-up at the Tata Open in 2011, and Gaganjeet Bhullar will be teeing it up in the Steel City after eight years and 12 years respectively.
Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Vice President (Safety, Health & Sustainability), Tata Steel, and Golf captain Jamshedpur Golf, said: “Tata Steel is committed to the development of sports in India and has always been in the forefront of nurturing and supporting sporting talent. The association with PGTI is a natural outcome of our shared goal of promoting competition at the highest level in golf. The Tata Steel Tour Championship will see the top professionals of the country in action and it promises to be an engaging four days for the golf enthusiasts in Jamshedpur.”
“We have made improvements in the Golf Course to make it more challenging and one of the best layouts in India. It is only befitting that top players of the country are participating in this year’s edition,” he added.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said: “We thank Tata Steel for coming on board as PGTI’s Umbrella Partner from this season onward. The Tata Steel Tour Championship reiterates Tata Steel’s unflinching support to the PGTI since its inception in 2006. The blue-riband event of the Tata Steel PGTI calendar promises to be a visual delight for golf fans as some of the leading stars of Indian golf including legends such as Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar, will be seen in action at the magnificent Golmuri Golf Club. The tournament will also have the added excitement of the race for the Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit title. We thank Mr. T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, for his continued commitment to the growth of Indian professional golf and look forward to this event becoming one of the biggest attractions on the Tata Steel PGTI in the coming years.”
The tournament venue, the Golmuri Golf Course, is a lush green, beautiful and very well-maintained golf course which doesn’t allow golfers any room for error.