Hero Women’s Indian Open is back with its 13th edition this year in October. What makes it more special is that the tournament completes 10 years on the prestigious Ladies European Tour. The tournament that started with only nine Indian professional golfers now has over 40 of them, which figuratively shows the level women’s golf has reached in the country. UK’s Becky Morgan, who won the title last year, is going to defend it this year. While the prize money of HWIO is yet again a whopping 500,000 dollars (Rs 3.6 Crores), the winner of the tournament will take back 75000 dollars (Rs 54 Lakh).

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Hero Women’s Indian Open tournament completes 10 years on the prestigious Ladies European Tour this year.
  • The prize money of HWIO is a whopping 500,000 dollars (Rs 3.6 Crores), the winner of the tournament will take back 75000 dollars (Rs 54 lakh).
  • From India players like Tvesa Malik and Gaurika Bishnoi, who were the top performers last year, and Neha Tripathi, Amandeep Drall, Diksha Dagar, etc. will be participating in the tournament.
  • Some of the top international players who are coming are Camille Chevalier of France, who was the winner in 2017, Catriona Matthew, Caroline Hedwall, Ann Van Dam etc.

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From India players like Tvesa Malik and Gaurika Bishnoi, who were the top performers last year, and Neha Tripathi, Amandeep Drall, Diksha Dagar, etc. will be participating in the tournament. Internationally, players from a total of 27 countries are going to make it to the event. Some of the top players who are coming are Camille Chevalier of France, who was the winner in 2017, Catriona Matthew, Caroline Hedwall, Ann Van Dam etc.

Bishnoi sounds excited to be back at the event with is happening at DLF Golf and Country club—also her home course. “Being number one for the year always gives you a good boost of confidence going into the Indian Open. I am happy and quite excited about it,” she says.

“Being at the top last year is very encouraging because the course is really tough to play even though we practice there. So it kind of makes you feel like you can do it. It is just very motivating and I want to build on my achievement last year.”

Similarly, Malik, who shares the DLF Golf course as a home course with Bishnoi, tells that this event keeps getting bigger and better every year. “Being at the top last year is very encouraging because the course is really tough to play even though we practice there. So it kind of makes you feel like you can do it. It is just very motivating and I want to build on my achievement last year.”

Champika Sayal, Secretary-General of Women’s Golf Association of India, spoke at the press conference organized in Delhi on August 22 about how women golfers are now coming from all parts of India and not just from Delhi and Bengaluru. She took the example of Sneha Singh from Hyderabad and Gauri Kharade from Mumbai and says, “After a very long time we see a player who is coming from Maharashtra.”

Sayal also mentioned amateur golfer Diksha Dagar, who recently won at the LET. She contends, “The Women’s Indian Open is a very important platform to showcase India for global visibility.”

Sayal also mentioned amateur golfer Diksha Dagar, who recently won at the LET. She contends, “The Women’s Indian Open is a very important platform to showcase India for global visibility. Our players have to understand that it is the younger lot also that’s making a mark in the tournament.”

The Hero Women’s Indian Open has always seen a strong show from Indian women golfers. This has inspired the emergence of numerous amateurs, who are now playing alongside professionals on the domestic tour – the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour.

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