India is set to savour a busy run, of top class golf, on the Asian Tour as the 5th edition of the SAIL Open will return on the 2012 Schedule, as the SAIL-SBI Open organizers, announced on Thursday.
The SAIL-SBI Open will offer a prize fund of USD 300,000 and will be played at the popular city centre, Delhi Golf Club, for the third straight year. The event will be played next week from February 22 to 25 (Wednesday to Saturday)
The SAIL-SBI Open, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India has enjoyed many magical moments on the Asian Tour, most notably when Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat set a new world 72 hole scoring record, with a stunning 32 under par 256 winning total in the 2009 edition played at the Classic Golf Resort, just outside the Indian capital.
In the following season, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, capped a sensational rookie year, when his victory at the SAIL-SBI Open propelled him to an Indian double, as he went on to win the Hero Indian Open.
Mr CS Verma chairman of Steel Authority of India Limited said that “We are delighted to be once again, staging this annual international event which promotes the sporting culture in the country. With SAIL increasing its global footprint steadily, we are delighted that this event attracts participation from over 20 nationalities and the Asian Tour’s television exposure of the tournament will cover the globe.”
Mr Pratip Chaudhary chairman of State Bank of India said that “We enjoy a very strong relationship with our partner SAIL and are pleased to further strengthen our association by collaborating on the SAIL-SBI Open. The State Bank Group has actively supported sports in India. We are keen to help Indian sportsmen to make a mark on the international scene. Indian professional golfers have a great image internationally. So, we are proud to be associated with this sport at the highest level in India.”
(Sourced from www.indiansportsnews.com)