Vastavam web: The fast-rising Shubhankar Sharma and the seasoned SSP Chawrasia will be a part of the strong Indian field at the Rs. 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship starting tomorrow.While reigning Indian Open champion Chawrasia will yet again be one of the firm favourites at his home course, Sharma and Ajeetesh Sandhu will also take centre-stage having posted their maiden victories on the global stage only recently.Winning the event, tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour, also earned Sharma a berth at his first Major, next year’s British Open, which would be played at Carnoustie.
Sharma, also a winner on the PGTI this year, is now returning to one of his favourite venues where he tasted success at a PGTI event in March 2016.Sandhu has also enjoyed a golden run this year, winning on the PGTI in the first half of the season and then following it up with his breakthrough win on the Asian Tour at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei. He also went on to win a Japanese Challenge Tour event thereafter.The event will decide the PGTI Order of Merit champion and vying for top honours will be money list leaders Shamim Khan (Rs. 46,27,983), Udayan Mane (Rs. 41,26,751) and Anura Rohana (Rs. 32,68,836), placed first, second and third respectively.