Defending champion Mukesh Kumar will once again be the leading contender for the title when the second edition of the Chennai Open Golf Championship kicks off at the Madras Gymkhana Golf Annexe on Thursday.The 52-year-old from Madhya Pradesh had won the tournament here back in 2016 and will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet.
Other than Mukesh, the top Indian professionals in the playing field include the likes of Shamim Khan, Syed Saqib Ahmed, Shankar Das and Harendra Gupta. Among the foreign players, Sri Lanka have as many as four representatives – Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran – while Albie Hanekom and Romano Saincic from South Africa will also be hoping to make their presence felt.
While six golfers from Tamil Nadu will be taking part in the event, there seem to be expectations particularly from Shivnaren Srinivasan to produce a noteworthy performance. According to our Captain G Suresh, the 21-year-old Chennai lad has it in him to encourage more TN youngsters to take up the sport.
“The inaugural edition of the Chennai Open in 2016 helped PGTI strengthen its foothold in southern India. The PGTI seeks to build on the gains achieved in 2016 through the staging of the second edition of the event this year. We thank the Madras Gymkhana Club Golf Annexe for partnering with us in holding the event,” Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO of PGTI, said on Wednesday.