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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2014

If you’re attending a PGA Tour event, you may spot only a couple of professional golfers of Indian descent—and that includes the Fiji-born Vijay Singh. But you’re guaranteed to see a handful at an Asian Tour event, even more at a top event like last month’s Thai Golf Championship. “I counted and we are 12 guys here,” Jyoti Randhawa, who has eight Asian Tour titles, told PTI. “In addition we have a few who are not here or could not make it like Shiv Kapur, Rahil Gangjee and Chiragh Kumar and then there are youngsters waiting in the wings. Indian golf is really very strong now.”

Among the best Indian golfers playing on the Asian Tour are Gagandeep Bhullar (five Asian titles), Jeev Milkha Singh (six titles), Gaurav Ghei (three), SSP Chowrasia (two) and Anirban Lahiri (three).

The Asian Tour doesn’t quite have the prestige or prize money of the PGA Tour, but the potential earnings are nothing to snicker about. Both Lahiri and Bhullar took home more than $425,000 in 2013, while five other Indian golfers won more than $90,000. Not bad for having to hit a golf ball all day.

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