Jeev launches invitational
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Growing up, Jeev Milkha Singh took inspiration from watching Arnold Palmer on television and now at 40, he has launched a tournament for pros on the lines of the signature event of the 83-year-old American — the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The Chandigarh pro had been thinking for some time to take an initiative to promote golf in the country and he figured the best way to create a buzz would be to get all the big names in Indian golf under one roof. His tournament, the 'Shuvkamna Championship hosted by Jeev Milkha Singh' does just that. It took just a phone call from Jeev to get PGA Tour winners Arjun Atwal and Daniel Chopra, who rarely play in India, to agree to line up at the Noida Golf Course from December 21-23. The unique three-day format event with no cut applicable will also feature European Tour winner SSP Chowrasia and Asian Tour winners Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Himmat Rai and all the Professional Golf Tour of India circuit players who have won tournaments this season.
"I have seen Palmer do that, I have seen Jack Nicklaus do that and I too wanted to give something back to the game which has made me what I am. This is a start where players can get together at the end of the year and make some money. I am a fortunate man that people were ready to come together for my project. We could later turn it into a regular calendar event on the Indian circuit. I want to set a precedent, inspire others to take initiatives and set the ball rolling," Jeev said at the launch.
The prize money break-up for the 30-man Rs 60 lakh tournament is on the lines of the USPGA Tour of Champions and even the player finishing last will make close to a lakh.
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