9 November 2021
TAKE Sports and the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will be staging the fourth edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE Sports at the famed Chandigarh Golf Club from November 11 – 14, 2021. The main event will be preceded by the Pro-Am event on November 10.
The tournament had been jointly launched by TAKE Sports and TATA Steel PGTI in 2018 as a gesture to honour Indian golfing great Jeev Milkha Singh.
The tournament being staged at Jeev’s home course, the Chandigarh Golf Club, for the fourth year in succession and offers a handsome prize purse of 1.5 crore. The field will feature 129 participants including 126 professionals and three amateurs.
This year’s Pro-Am event has been dedicated to Indian sports legend Milkha Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh’s father, who passed away earlier this year. The Pro-Am event has been named as – Milkha Singh Pro-Am Day, a tribute to the Legend.
The tournament will be covered Live on ABP Network’s digital platforms.
The event is being supported by Associate Partner Incredible India and Event Partners Giansagar Educational Charitable Trust, Conferlegal Law, Bhandari & Associates and Skoda.
The glittering field for the tournament this year will feature event host Jeev Milkha Singh along with India’s international stars such as Gaganjeet Bhullar, SSP Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur, Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan. The presence of defending champion and PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar and former champions Ajeetesh Sandhu (2019) and Chikkarangappa (2018), also adds to the strength of the field. The other big names include Udayan Mane, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa, Honey Baisoya, Manu Gandas and Veer Ahlawat.
The foreign challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, as well as Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Md Sayum, Md Dulal Hossain and Md Akbar Hossain.
The other prominent names from Chandigarh besides Jeev Milkha Singh, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Karandeep Kochhar, are those of Akshay Sharma, Aadil Bedi, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Sujjan Singh, Angad Cheema, Harendra Gupta, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Harmeet Kahlon, Amandeep Johl, Gurbaaz Mann, Ranjit Singh and Amritinder Singh.
The legendary Jeev Milkha Singh is the first Indian professional golfer to have a PGTI event named after him. Jeev conquered uncharted territory over two decades back when he became one of the first Indian golfers to taste success at the international level. Since then he has added many more firsts and Indian records to his name.
Jeev has the rare distinction of being the only Indian to have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice (in 2006 & 2008). He has won multiple titles on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour and has 14 Major appearances to his name. Jeev has also achieved a career-high world ranking of 28, an Indian record.
Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh said, “I eagerly look forward to hosting the fourth edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE. I’m proud of the fact that the tournament has emerged as one of the biggest attractions on the Indian golf calendar in recent years in terms of the depth of the field, the handsome prize purse on offer, the high level of competition and the excellent playing conditions provided by the host venue Chandigarh Golf Club.
“All the previous three editions of the event have lived up to the expectations of golf fans with the winner being decided in a playoff each time. I expect another closely-contested affair this year. I’m also excited about the fact that this year’s event will have Live Coverage on the ABP Network and will thus be seen by a much wider audience across the country. It’s a great initiative by the PGTI to tie up with the ABP Network for Live Telecast of events.
“I would like to thank Mr. Srinivasan HR and TAKE Sports for being the driving force behind the event and the PGTI, all our players and the Chandigarh Golf Club for their support in making the event a grand success.
“As we’re still in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, I would like to request everyone to kindly follow all the safety protocols during the tournament in order to stay safe and healthy and also ensure the smooth conduct of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021 Presented by TAKE.”
Mr. Srinivasan H R, Director, TAKE Sports Management Private Limited and Joint President, PGTI, said, “At the outset, we are humbled to pay our tribute to Shri Milkha Singh ji for setting the bar high for Indian sports and serving as an immense inspiration for lakhs of youth with his achievements. He will continue to remain India’s iconic sporting hero and influence generations to come.