07 March 2018
Chikkarangappa Dreams of Winning The Hero Indian Open
Chikkarangappa S. of India hopes to realise his childhood dream by emerging victorious at the US$1.75 million Hero Indian Open which starts on Thursday.
The Bengaluru-born golfer played in his first National Open when he was a 15-year-old amateur golfer. Now, with more competition experience and a sharper all-round game, the 24-year-old is looking to put himself into serious contention at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
Chikkarangappa, a two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner, will be among an elite field as he tees up at the 54th Hero Indian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the fourth consecutive year in 2018.
Compatriot Shiv Kapur had a brilliant 2017, having won three times on the Asian Tour. Winning his National Open will always be his ambition, although, he will be happy with overall improvements in his game even without victories in 2018.
Poom Saksansin of Thailand got through a 19-hour flight from New Zealand to India and while he is physically fatigued, his mind remains fresh and rejuvenated. The young hotshot will be hoping that his relatively shorter driving distance will play to his advantage at the challenging Gary Player layout.
Other notable players in the field include Englishmen Chris Wood and Andrew Johnston, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark as well as Julian Suri of the United States.