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Indian Open golf returns to Asian Tour

June 17, 2011 16:39 IST

The 48th edition of the prestigious Indian Open, which returns to the Asian Tour schedule, will be held from October 13-16, with a record prize purse of US $1.5 million.

This exciting development makes the tournament the richest full-field Asian Tour event.

A newly-inked agreement between the Asian Tour and Nimbus Sport ensures that India's National Championship features prominently on the Asian Tour schedule for the next three years.

Since its inauguration in 1964, the Indian Open has unearthed many of the country's finest talents, including the likes of Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Gaganjeet Bhullar.

It also attracted international players like Daniel Chopra, Mark Brown and Darren Beck in the past.

As India's oldest running international sporting competition, its continued popularity has also inspired many aspiring young golfers to pick up the game, making it one of the fastest growing sports in the sub-continent.

Asian Tour Executive Chairman, Kyi Hla Han lauded Nimbus Sport's latest commitment to the development of golf in India and is confident that the Indian Open will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Yannick Colaco, Chief Operating Officer Nimbus Sport is confident that the Indian Open will showcase the best of Asian golf with Nimbus playing an instrumental role towards the growth and development of golf in India.

"These are exciting times for professional golf in India, and for us to get into partnerships with the Indian Golf Union (IGU) and the Asian Tour reaffirms our commitment to building the commercial value of the sport."