Indian Open (golf)

The Indian Open, titled for sponsorship reasons as the Hero Indian Open since 2011, is the national open golf championship of India, organised by the Indian Golf Union. Founded in 1964, it was added to the Asia Golf Circuit schedule in 1970. In 1998 it became an event on the rival Omega Tour (known as the Asian Tour since 2004). Since 2015, it has also been co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Indian Open
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Tournament information
LocationNew Delhi, India
Established1964
Course(s)DLF Golf and Country Club
Par72
Length7,379 yards (6,747 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour (since 1998)
European Tour (since 2015)
Asia Golf Circuit (1970–1997)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$1,750,000
Month playedMarch
Tournament record score
Aggregate268 David Gleeson (2011)
To par–20 as above
Current champion
Scotland Stephen Gallacher
Location Map

From 1964 until 2000, the tournament was held exclusively at either Delhi Golf Club or Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Since then it has been held at Classic Golf Resort in 2000 and 2001, Karnataka Golf Association in 2012, and DLF Golf and Country Club in 2009 and since 2017; all other editions have been held at Delhi Golf Club.

HistoryEdit

The inaugural event was held in February 1964. Peter Thomson beat Ralph Moffitt by four strokes.[1] Thomson was the inspiration behind the event. He used to stop off in India while travelling worldwide to play and soon realised the potential for golf and that the best way to promote it would be an international tournament. It was this insight that persuaded the Indian Golf Union to establish the Indian Open.[citation needed] Thompson continued to play in the event and won again in 1966 and 1976. His three wins was equalled by Jyoti Randhawa in 2007.

The second event in 1965 was won by Indian amateur Prem Gopal (Billoo) Sethi, who beat Guy Wolstenholme by seven strokes.[2] Sethi still remains the only amateur winner. It was not until 1991, when Ali Sher became champion, that India had another winner.

In 1970 the Indian Open became part of the Asia Golf Circuit;[3] it had been an "associate event" on the circuit in 1967 and 1968.[4][5] As a result of joining the tour, the field increased in strength with notable winners including three-time major champion Payne Stewart.

There have been a number of sponsors over the years, with Hero Honda Motors Ltd taking over sponsorship in 2005. The prize fund for 2017 was US$1.75 million.

WinnersEdit

Year Tour[a] Winner[6] Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue First prize
(US$)
Ref
Hero Indian Open
2020 ASA, EUR Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic [7]
2019 ASA, EUR Stephen Gallacher   Scotland 279 −9 1 stroke   Masahiro Kawamura DLF G&CC 291,660
2018 ASA, EUR Matt Wallace   England 277 −11 Playoff[b]   Andrew Johnston DLF G&CC 291,660
2017 ASA, EUR Shiv Chawrasia (2)   India 278 −10 7 strokes   Gavin Green DLF G&CC 291,660
2016 ASA, EUR Shiv Chawrasia   India 273 −15 2 strokes   Anirban Lahiri
  Wang Jeung-hun
Delhi GC 275,000
2015 ASA, EUR Anirban Lahiri   India 277 −7 Playoff[c]   Shiv Chawrasia Delhi GC 250,000
2014 No tournament due to scheduling changes (November to February) [8]
2013 ASA Siddikur Rahman   Bangladesh 274 −14 1 stroke   Anirban Lahiri
  Shiv Chawrasia
Delhi GC 225,000 [9]
2012 ASA Thaworn Wiratchant (2)   Thailand 270 −14 Playoff[d]   Richie Ramsay Karnataka GA 198,125 [10]
2011 ASA David Gleeson   Australia 268 −20 3 strokes   Chiragh Kumar Delhi GC 198,125 [11]
Hero Honda Indian Open
2010 ASA Rikard Karlberg   Sweden 277 −11 2 strokes   Baek Seuk-hyun Delhi GC 198,125 [12]
2009 ASA Chinnaswamy Muniyappa   India 276 −12 Playoff[e]   Lee Sung DLF G&CC 198,125
2008 ASA Liang Wenchong   China 272 −16 1 stroke   Darren Beck Delhi GC 158,500
2007 ASA Jyoti Randhawa (3)   India 275 −13 3 strokes   Chang Tse-peng Delhi GC 79,250
2006 ASA Jyoti Randhawa (2)   India 270 −18 Playoff[f]   Shiv Chawrasia
  Vijay Kumar
Delhi GC 63,400
2005 ASA Thaworn Wiratchant   Thailand 272 −16 2 strokes   Gaurav Ghei Delhi GC 47,250
Royal Challenge Indian Open
2004 ASA Mardan Mamat   Singapore 270 −18 5 strokes   Pablo del Olmo Delhi GC 50,000
2003 ASA Mike Cunning   United States 270 −18 5 strokes   Rick Gibson Delhi GC 50,000
2002 ASA Vijay Kumar   India 275 −13 2 strokes   Rick Gibson Delhi GC 50,000 [13]
Wills Indian Open
2001 ASA Thongchai Jaidee   Thailand 271 −17 1 stroke   Ross Bain Classic Golf Resort 50,010
2000 ASA Jyoti Randhawa   India 273 −15 Playoff[g]   Sammy Daniels Classic Golf Resort 50,010
1999 ASA Arjun Atwal   India 276 −12 4 strokes   Shiv Chawrasia
  Kang Wook-soon
  Prayad Marksaeng
Royal Calcutta GC 50,010
Classic Indian Open
1998 ASA Feroz Ali   India 274 −14 5 strokes   Dean Wilson Royal Calcutta GC
1997 AGC Ed Fryatt   England 272 −16 6 strokes   Gary Rusnak Royal Calcutta GC [14]
1996 AGC Hidezumi Shirakata   Japan 277 −11 3 strokes   Jyoti Randhawa
  Basad Ali
  Daniel Chopra
Royal Calcutta GC 49,980 [15]
Indian Open
1995 AGC Jim Rutledge   Canada 280 −8 4 strokes   Daniel Chopra
  Bob May
Delhi GC [16]
1994 AGC Emlyn Aubrey   United States 285 1 stroke   Brandt Jobe Royal Calcutta GC [17]
1993 AGC Ali Sher (2)   India 288 1 stroke   Feroz Ali Delhi GC [18]
1992 AGC Stewart Ginn   Australia 284 −4 2 strokes   Aaron Meeks Royal Calcutta GC [19]
Wills Indian Open
1991 AGC Ali Sher   India 283 −5 1 stroke   Todd Hamilton
  Wang Ter-chang
Delhi GC 24,990 [20]
1990 AGC Andrew Debusk   United States 288 −4 6 strokes   Carlos Espinosa Royal Calcutta GC 19,992 [21]
1989 AGC Rémi Bouchard   Canada 279 −9 1 stroke   Carlos Espinosa Delhi GC 19,992 [22]
Charminar Challenge Indian Open
1988 AGC Lu Chien-soon   Taiwan 281 −11 5 strokes   Kirk Triplett Royal Calcutta GC 16,660 [23]
1987 AGC Brian Tennyson   United States 280 −8 3 strokes   Mike Cunning
  Jim Hallet
Delhi GC 16,660 [24]
1986 AGC Lu Hsi-chuen   Taiwan 279 −13 2 strokes   Lu Chien-soon Royal Calcutta GC 16,660 [25]
Indian Open
1985 AGC Tony Grimes   Canada 279 4 strokes   Rodger Davis Delhi GC [26]
1984 AGC Rafael Alarcón   Mexico 279 −13 3 strokes   Lai Chung-jen
  Richard Cromwell
Royal Calcutta GC 16,660 [27]
1983 AGC Junichi Takahashi   Japan 285 −3 Playoff[h]   Bob Tway
  Hsieh Yu-shu
Delhi GC 12,495 [28]
1982 AGC Hsu Sheng-san   Taiwan 277 −15 3 strokes   Ikuo Shirahama Royal Calcutta GC 12,495 [29]
1981 AGC Payne Stewart   United States 284 –4 4 strokes   Ho Ming-chung
  Hsu Sheng-san
Delhi GC 10,000 [30]
1980 AGC Kurt Cox   United States 286 −6 4 strokes   Liao Kuo-chih
  Mya Aye
Royal Calcutta GC 5,185 [31]
1979 AGC Gaylord Burrows   United States 284 −4 1 stroke   Hsu Chi-san Delhi GC 5,225 [32]
1978 AGC Bill Brask   United States 284 −8 4 strokes   Kuo Chie-Hsiung
  Brian Jones
  Stewart Ginn
Royal Calcutta GC 4,085 [33]
1977 AGC Brian Jones (2)   Australia 284 −4 1 stroke   Peter Thomson
  Mya Aye
  Yoshikazu Hayashi
Delhi GC [34]
1976 AGC Peter Thomson (3)   Australia 288 −4 1 stroke   Brian Jones Royal Calcutta GC [35]
1975 AGC Ted Ball   Australia 282 −10 Playoff[i]   Kuo Chie-Hsiung Delhi GC 3,204 [36]
1974 AGC Kuo Chie-Hsiung   Taiwan 287 −5 2 strokes   Brian Jones
  Mya Aye
  Don Klenk
Royal Calcutta GC 2,000 [37]
1973 AGC Graham Marsh (2)   Australia 280 −12 3 strokes   Stewart Ginn Delhi GC [38]
1972 AGC Brian Jones   Australia 282 −10 2 strokes   Ben Arda
  Peter Thomson
Delhi GC [39]
1971 AGC Graham Marsh   Australia 275 1 stroke   David Graham Delhi GC [40]
1970 AGC Chen Chien-Chung   Taiwan 279 −13 8 strokes   Koichi Ono
  Hsieh Min-Nan
Royal Calcutta GC [41]
1969 Ben Arda   Philippines 291 Royal Calcutta GC
1968 AGC[j] Kenji Hosoishi (2)   Japan 285 −7 2 strokes   Stan Peach Delhi GC [42]
1967 AGC[j] Kenji Hosoishi   Japan 287 Playoff[k]   Malcolm Gregson Royal Calcutta GC [43]
1966 Peter Thomson (2)   Australia 284 6 strokes   Guy Wolstenholme
  P. G. Sethi (amateur)
Delhi GC [44]
1965 P. G. Sethi (amateur)   India 282 7 strokes   Guy Wolstenholme Royal Calcutta GC [2]
1964 Peter Thomson   Australia 292 4 strokes   Ralph Moffitt Delhi GC [1]
  1. ^ ASA – Asian Tour (formerly the Asian PGA/Omega/Davidoff Tour); EUR – European Tour; AGC – Asia Golf Circuit (previously the Far East Circuit)
  2. ^ Wallace won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  3. ^ Lahiri won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  4. ^ Wiratchant won with a bogey on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  5. ^ Muniyappa won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  6. ^ Randhawa won with a birdie on second hole of a sudden-death playoff; Kumar was eliminated on the first extra hole.
  7. ^ Randhawa won with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  8. ^ Takahashi won with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff; all three players made par on the first extra hole.
  9. ^ Ball won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  10. ^ a b Associate event.
  11. ^ Hosoishi won on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

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