Duel at hot noon: Sandhu, Kochhar to battle at Chandigarh Golf Club | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: A Duel under the searing sun is on the cards. Two of the four top ranked professionals from India, including Defending Champion Karandeep S Kochhar, Spearhead the Tricity’s challenge at the Rs 50 lakh Tata Steel-PGTI Players Championship that tees off on Tuesday at the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC).
The field will see 123 professionals and a Lone Amateur tee it up at the fabled ‘nursery of Indian golf’ but Sandhu and Kochhar will be the hot Favorites at a Simmering layout nestling in the shadows of the Shivaliks and Sukhna Lake and currently redolent with trees flowering with lingering spring and early-Onset summer Blooms.
While Kochhar is currently ranked fourth (Rs 13. 43 lakh) on the Tata Steel-PGTI Rankings for 2022, another local lad, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (Rs 22. 07 lakh) is second on the Merit list. Both the young Guns have been in top form this season with each having registered four top-10 finishes including a Victory. The rankings are led by another Chandigarh lad, Ajeetesh Sandhu, with season earnings of Rs 42. 9 lakh, who very narrowly missed out on his second Asian Tour Victory at the Delhi Golf Club in Marchend.
However, Sandhu along with tour stalwarts Rashid Khan, S Chikka Rangappa, Veer Ahlawat and Viraj Madappa will not be seen in action at the CGC this week as they are scheduled to play the $ 7.50,000 Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge in Thailand.
Also missing will be the legendary lad from Chandigarh, Jeev Milkha Singh, who is the “new kid on the block” on the global plus-50-years Seniors Tours. Jeev was scheduled to make his debut on the senior circuit at the Euros 4,75,000 MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius on the European Legends’ Tour at the beginning of the month but bad weather forced the cancellation of the event. Jeev will now have to wait a while to kickstart what he terms as the “second innings” of his illustrious career featuring 20 professional wins on the international tours.
Measured from the tips, the CGC’s tree-lined, parkland layout plays to nearly 7,100 yards with several dogleg-shaped holes that favor the player with a fade ball flight.
The layout includes the iconic par-5, 7th hole that plays to a double-dog-leg over 623 yards with the tee shot guarded by an old mango tree that predates the Inception of the golf course. The green on the 7th hole is guarded on the left by none other than the out-of-bounds territory of the Punjab Raj Bhawan, whose Gardeners stockpile a steady supply of golf balls hit from the 9th tee also by errant Golfers!


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