24 November, 2020

The Blade Runners

The club's on an upward swing. And corporates don't want to be left out.

Pradeep Mandhani
The Blade Runners
A one-square-inch dimpled ball whacked around a huge expanse of green spread over acres of a landscaped golf course can make the grown-up break down in tears. But guys like Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Gaurav Ghei, Harmeet Kahlon and Arjun Singh, all boys from affluent backgrounds, have no problems playing this game. So much so that this group of gifted Indian professional golfers is on the verge of breaking into the highest class of professional golf.

Indian professional golf has truly come of age, thanks to some sparkling performances and feats on the green this year (see box). In recent weeks, it has been on an upswing: a new star-studded corporate event called the Madhavrao Scindia tournament was born; the Tatas entered pro-golf; Randhawa and Atwal occupied the first and third positions in Asia; Jeev Milkha and Kahlon just missed out on the US PGA and European Tours respectively. Even amateurs like Shiv Kapur and Simarjeet Singh have brought home laurels—Kapur became the first Indian in 20 years to win the Asian Games gold medal at Busan, and...


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